Etymotic HF5 Product Reviews
Etymotic HF5 is the 'fifth' generation of audiophile in-ear headphone technology from Etymotic Research. Bringing much of the sound quality of their top-level reference ER4 series down to a lower price, the HF5 fully deliver Ety's signature accuracy and musical clarity. Deep earplug-like fit ensures the best isolation versus any other headphone type, and their low impedance means clean acoustics directly from your portable player of choice. Pick your color.
Best in Price range
Posted by LEOOO from Vancouver, BC on 2011-01-14
Excellent Highs, Very good mids, Fit is fantastic
Slight Microphonics, Fit is negotiable, Design is simple (opinion)
First Impressions: Simple, contemporary design but i dont really LOVE the design. Nice rubbery feel on the housing and cord feels sturdy and flexable.
Source: Cowon O2 with 75 Ohm adapter and Fiio E5 Portable Amp.
Lows: OMG THESE CAN SHAKE MY HOUSE!! Obviously im joking, but the Bass isn't "bad" at all. Bass is weak but its still there. It doesn't shake my head but its still making sound and doing its job. Very little Air movement going on in this earphone. If you LOVE bass, go look somewhere else.
Mids: Very good mids. Very clear and precise however, i find the mids a bit... cold.. Im not saying its a bad thing, but you dont really feel the soul in some vocalists like Whitney Houston. But this is Etymotic however. They are known for Cold Precision.
Highs: AMAZING.. Because of the reduction on bass, that leaves room for Mids and Highs. With that, Etymotic made the HF5s very High and Mid oriented. Im going to be honest, im not really a "high" guy, but the HF5s are probally one of the best out there in Highs. The HF5s like being Amped though. Less tiring on the ears then.
Soundstage: Feels like you are in a Small Recording room with your fav band, singer, orchestra, ect.
Fit: DEEEEEEEP. I think the ER stands for Ear Rape XD. Ok im being over expressive, but the fit can get some getting used to. I like them with the Shure Olive foam tips the best.
Build Quality: Come on. Its Etymotic. 2 Years warrenty says it all.
Isolation: I belive the best in class with Etys Tri-Flange tips.
Value: amazing price for this much sound precision.
Conclusion: Best Single Driver earphones ive ever owned?? Amazing with Classical music. Tested with various music types for assurance. Great buy. No Regrets
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