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Etymotic Research HF5 Noise-Isolating Earphones

Etymotic Research

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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.

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What We Think:
Etymotic Research (Etymotic meaning 'true to the ear') remains one of the earliest originators of in-ear technology and their HF5 model continues Ety's famous tradition of phenomenal musical clarity, precision tonal accuracy and a deep in-ear seal delivering near-total external noise-blocking ability. The HF5 possess amongst the best-rendered upper mids/highs detail resolution possible at this price along with a slightly fuller, but still very tightly controlled, bass presence than is typically heard from earlier incarnations of Etymotic headphones. The HF5 in-ear canal fit is also a bit shallower and easier to work with versus the Etymotic 'ER' audiophile counterparts, although the HF5 earpieces do tend to stick out from the ear canal just a bit more. That tiny ergonomic quirk aside, the smooth high-definition sonics of the HF 5 are impressive. Perfect choice for iPod, iPad or MP3 players due to the HF5's very sensitive low-impedance efficiency, so no portable headphone amp is needed. The Etymotic HF5 offers a wonderfully engaging, wholly satisfying sound perfectly nestled between mediocre 'entry-level' approaches and 'shock and awe' priced ultra high-end earphones.

Full selections of replaceable Etymotic eartip sleeves ensure the most comfortable fit, best noise-blocking ability, and strongest bass response so definitely try all the provided pairs to find the best ones for your ears. As a very cool extra, optional custom audiologist in-ear molds for the HF5 are available via Etymotic. Any customer purchasing an Etymotic product can register their product at; 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.


  • Driver Type: Balanced Armature
  • Impedance @ 1kHz: 16 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 105 dB SPL/V
  • Isolation: -35dB ~ -42dB
  • Connector Type: 3.5mm (1/8")
  • Cable Length: 4 ft.
  • Cable Style: Straight Y
  • Weight: 1 oz
  • Manufacturer Warranty: 2 year

Product Features:

  • Precision-matched balanced armature drivers offer closest sound to upscale ER4
  • Tough-built construction with Kevlar cord for extra durability
  • Nearly total isolation/noise-blocking from deep 'earplug-like' fit
  • Custom-fit audiologist voucher easily available via Etymotic after purchase
Whats In The Box:
  • 4 pr of assorted Etymotic eartips
  • Etymotic filter replacement tool
  • Extra HF5 replacement filters

Type: Headphones