Etymotic EtyBLU 2
Dependable Bluetooth communication is critical in our hectic world. Etymotic's patented noise-cancelling microphone/earpiece technology ensures perfectly clear two-way conversation even in the noisiest settings, like during train commutes or traipsing busy city streets. Single-earpiece 'mono' design affords 98% noise isolation for pristine communication while still allowing full awareness of your surroundings. Multi-function earpiece button provides complete control of incoming & outgoing calls.
- Supreme Bluetooth performance from category innovators
- Superbly engineered mic system for clearest possible calls
- Industry-leading isolation and off-axis noise rejection from both earphone and mic arrays
- Patented noise-cancelling microphone design
- 2-year manufacturer warranty
What's In The Box:
- 5 sets of eartip sleeves in differing sizes & types
- Extra earpiece filters
- Optional earloop hooks/fittings
- Optional microphone windscreen
- Mini USB charging cable
The recently revised Etymotic Ety-BLU2 Bluetooth headset delivers the most high-end single-earpiece (monophonic) sound quality and telecommunication clarity heard in the category. Both for talking and listening, the Ety-BLU2 provides an amazing minus -30dB signal-to-noise-ratio (SNR) advantage that remains unmatched by any other Bluetooth headset. When compared to common 'at-ear', non-sealing Bluetooth headsets, their inferior digital signal processing designs can never muster the level of audio detail intelligibility and clean acoustic performance found in the Ety-BLU2. Especially in big crowds and on busy city streets where voices & traffic sounds can often mingle and obscure speech frequencies, the off-axis noise rejection of the Ety BLU2 mic & earpiece system remains extremely impressive at delivering crystal-clear telephony. Multi-function button on the BLU2 earpiece conveniently handles both volume control and call management. Boom microphone has handy 'flex' capacity and can be routed inconspicuously as needed.
The Etymotic Ety-BLU2 comes with a superb array of variously sized eartips for the earpiece -- definitely try them all for your very best in-ear fit and noise-blocking / isolation ability. The package also contains a detachable earloop hook for active listeners desiring comfortable, stable earpiece wearing ergonomics. As a very cool extra, optional audiologist-customized in-ear molds for are easily available via Etymotic after Ety-BLU2 purchase; any customer purchasing an Etymotic product can register their product at Etymotic.com. After registering, you can print a voucher from the Etymotic site, then schedule an appointment with an audiologist in the Etymotic network (which can be located through the Etymotic website by entering your zip code). You'll then take the voucher to the audiologist appointment, the audiologist will take impressions of your ears and send the impressions -- along with the voucher -- to the Ety labs. Customer pays nothing to the audiologist; the lab will contact you for credit card payment (for $100 -- a great deal!); the lab then produces the molds and ships them to the customer with the lab compensating the audiologist.
As a very cool extra, optional custom audiologist in-ear molds for the EtyBLU2 are available via Etymotic. Any customer purchasing an Etymotic product can register their product at Etymotic.com; after registering, you'll print a voucher from the Etymotic site, then schedule an appointment with an audiologist in the Etymotic network (which can be located through the Etymotic website by entering your zip code). Then take the voucher to the audiologist appointment, the audiologist takes impressions of your inner ears and sends the impressions -- along with the voucher -- to the Ety labs. Customer pays nothing to the audiologist; the lab will contact you for credit card payment ($100usd); the lab then produces the molds and ships them to the customer with the lab compensating the audiologist. BAM! It's a really easy way to get into 'master-level' sound quality performance and great wearing comfort at a very reasonable expense.
Finally, remember the excellent Etymotic 2-year manufacturer's warranty remains completely free only with a HeadRoom "Etymotic Research authorized dealer" proof-of purchase receipt and Etymotic will NOT service any product purchased from a "non-authorized" dealer [eBay, Amazon, etc] under any circumstances!
Download some cool Bluetooth product performance comparisons from Etymotic's website linked below:
SPECIFICATIONS: Supports Bluetooth 1.1 and later. Fully compliant with Bluetooth specification 2.1; Headset 1.1 and Hands-free 1.5 profiles.
~Range: 10 Meters
~Talk Time: 7 hrs
~Standby: Up to 100 hrs
- Connector Type: Other
- Weight: <.5 ounces
- Isolation: -15dB ~ -28dB [one ear]
- Detachable Cable: No
- Cord Type: Straight Y
- Ear Coupler Type: IEM
- Driver Type: Dynamic
- Headphone Type: In-Ear
- Manufacturer Warranty: 2 years
- Sensitivity: n/a
- Microphone: Yes
- Bluetooth: Yes
Posted by Nisku from Denver, CO on 2014-03-05
Recommend Product: No
Pros: Good electronics and ear canal sound isolation
Cons: Poor ergonomics, questionable microphone pickup
Bluetooth connection is solid and uncomplicated, and the device paired with my phone and laptop without difficulty. As expected, sound isolation provided by Etymotic's trademark 3-flange ear tips is not unlike that of the ER-4 headphone—however, I experienced difficulty keeping the headset in my ear for more than a few minutes at a time.
The metal earloop intended to secure the EtyBLU is fashioned from smaller gauge wire than the hole in the rubber earloop through which it passes, allowing it to slide out without notice. More than once someone saw it fall before I felt it lose its purchase and retrieved it, asking, "Is this yours?"
As a workaround, I placed a drop or two of superglue on the tip of the metal earloop which prevents it from sliding out altogether, but that did not serve to properly secure the device in place within my ear. The manufacturer was responsive and emailed a response to my query within minutes. However, his attempt to fix the problem brought no improvement. The earloop was lost within a day of its return from the factory and I've used the headset for several months without it; perhaps to better advantage because it is light. Moreover, the rubber earloop holder could not rotate in its socket to accommodate adjustment and eventually it simply broke from strain. Both are examples of poor attention to basic product engineering which could be improved with little difficulty or expense, but it appears this will not happen.
The boom microphone worked adequately but only if I held it close to my mouth…beyond a few centimeters the other party to my call found it quite difficult to understand. Whether this is due to overly amped noise canceling, I cannot say, but it's most annoying in any headset…and particularly so at the $250 price threshold.
Talk time on the Li Ion battery is about 4 - 5 hours, average, though it charges relatively quickly on a micro USB port. The Multi-Function Button is straightforward, though I had some difficulty remembering just how long or how many times to press it to achieve the desired result.
Long story made short, I've lost my EtyBLU on a recent business trip and, at $249, I've no plans to replace it with another. Perhaps at a sub-$99 price…?
**Postscript: this product was originally priced at $249 and that is the price I paid for it. I noticed after posting that the price has been dropped…to $99.
Did you find this review helpful?
Posted by Bikermanlax from La Crosse, WI on 2012-01-27
Recommend Product: Yes
Cons: Button control
My primary use is in an office setting with a Plantronics Calisto phone. My office has a tall ceiling and hardwood floors, so echos are a real problem. The EtyBlu2 was one of the only earphones to stifle the echo (the other was the Plantronics Voyager Pro, but that had fit problems due to the arms of my eyeglasses).
I don't wear it constantly, but when I have a call, I can insert it quickly in my ear. I'm using a silicone tri-flange. I didn't like the tri-flange with my Ety 4s (preferring a Comply tip) but they work well here. For longer calls, the metal wire that fits over your ear is needed, otherwise the unit tends to start slipping down below the mouth.
As noted, ingoing and outgoing sound is great. The isolation provided helps greatly with the quality of the incoming calls. Receiving callers didn't know I was on a bluetooth phone. While the microphone arm is removable, I only used it with the arm on.
On the downside (maybe) is just the whole design of the EtyBlu. If you aren't used to sticking things in your ears, and don't want to, this will be a huge drawback. I'm used to it through nearly ten years of using other Etymotic products and IEMs in general.
Another drawback is the button control. I don't use the button control at all but I imagine it would become annoying. The button is a hard press, which I suppose is good to prevent accidental switching. However, that means you need to press the button hard when the unit is in your ear, further driving the tip deeper in your ear, which will probably be uncomfortable.
Final drawback - it doesn't play music! Why didn't Etymotic, a music IEM manufacturer not include a playback feature? I likely wouldn't listen to music but would listen to podcasts, which are general mono anyways.
Otherwise it pairs well with devices. The construction is solid. Battery life is OK, maybe six hours, but recharges quickly.
12 out of 14 people found this review helpful. Did you?