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Etymotic Research

Etymotic Research HF5 Noise-Isolating Earphones

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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.

For a more comfortable fit, try the Comply Foam tips!

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. This way you can get a fully custom headphone while still using the stock HF5 earphones. 


  • 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

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