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Etymotic Research HF2 iPhone and iPod Headset - Black

by Etymotic Research
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

RRP: 119.95
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  • Compatible with iPhone and other mobile phones
  • Response accuracy of Etymotic's ER-4 earphones
  • Highest noise isolation of all competing headsets
  • 3.5mm stereo plug makes the hf2 compatible with any music player
  • 4ft cable
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  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
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  • Item model number: hf2
  • ASIN: B0012OP7HE
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 4 Dec 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

Product Description

Box Contains

  • High-fidelity, hands-free, noise-isolating headset + earphones with 4 ft. cable
  • Assorted eartips
  • Filter tool with 2 replacement filters
  • Storage pouch

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    Customer Reviews

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    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic headphones 2 Mar 2009
    By Dave
    Colour Name:Red
    I got a set of these today in black, and let me say that they are damned fantastic.

    Firstly, the quality. Audio reproduction is awesome. Mids, highs and lows are all beautifully reproduced - I really don't own another pair of in-ear headphones like them. You can easily spend double on another pair but I don't think that you'd be able to distinguish them easily.

    Be aware that many people have complained about lack of bass. This simply isn't the case - you just need to ensure that you have a good, deep, seal in your ear canal. The product ships with several replacement tips, but I found the default three-flange ones to be great for me. Many prefer the foam buds, however. Once they're in, I can hear virtually nothing of the surroundings which is fantastic whilst sitting at work.

    Quality of the actual product itself is very good. Cabling is nice and not too noisy when rubbing against clothing, although some noise is inevitable. Microphone is excellent, having tested it in calls today and asking people what they thought!

    Overall, I don't think you'll find a better pair of headphones for the price.
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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Aural Pleasure 19 Oct 2009
    Colour Name:Black
    I'm a lifelong, fully-confirmed, over-ear headphone wearer. I've moved away from closed back to open back, forgoing the comfort of fellow train users for the increased sound quality you get when you stop bouncing bass around a pair of fully sealed cans. And let's not even start on active noise cancellation. Ech. In addition, I've never enjoyed the experience of wearing in-ear headphones; prolonged use generally leads to discomfort and some mildly disturbing incidents involving 'waxy deposits'.

    All that considered, the Etymotic Research HF2 headphones were not preordained to please but, after a good bedding-in, I'm happy to say they perform and impress on every level. All frequencies (including bass), are present, correct and perfectly turned out. Yes, you do need a good seal for them to work but, no, this is not painful or difficult to achieve if you follow the instructions. Prolonged usage, weirdly, does not lead to painful ear canals... though some of the (admittedly easy to clean) ear tips supplied are more prone to collecting ear funk than others.

    The other plus is the mic and control button. This works incredibly well and I use it on my bike all the time to receive calls, skip tracks etc. Anybody on the other end of the line can here me fine even with background wind, so that's really quite impressive. If you are using these on a bike, you should only ever ride with one ear in as otherwise you will be totally oblivious to even the most monstrous of trucks bearing down on you from behind. You have been warned.

    So, in summary, a great pair of phones at a very reasonable price.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Perfect imperfect 17 Oct 2012
    Colour Name:Red|Verified Purchase
    Reading some of the negative reviews I've been inspired to add my own.

    Etymotics are great but there are some significant issues you need to be aware of.

    Firstly, you need a good quality bass boost or equalizer to compensate for the neutral bass; and that's assuming you've got a decent seal. The bass is very high quality (tight), but the bass sounds weak to the layman ear. Good quality equalizers are difficult to find. The one on older Ipods (gen 2) is atrocious (perhaps also true of older iphones, pre 3); it distorts almost immediately. Android needs 3rd party apps to get quality equalization. I can recommend the clip+ at 26 for the 2GB version: it has excellent equalization out of the box as well as hifi audio : google "clip+ nwavguy" . Better still, the clip+ and clipzip can have the rockbox firmware put on it.

    2nd, Earwax: when I first got them I had a painful and squelchy feeling in one of my ears. I thought my ears were etymotics incompatible but in fact though being quite young I had an ear wax issue, which apparently is quite common. the (slight) pain continued even after taking them out so I went to the doctor and eventually got it sorted out by the local nurse. Hot damn, my hearing majorly improved.

    3rd, player issues: the electricals mean that some player designs cut corners and have high 'output impedance'. Read more on that with a google "nwavguy output impedance" .To summarise: this is a serious issue for low impedance earphones (typical of consumer earbuds etc) and even worse for balanced armatures like the HF2/3/5. It weakens bass and treble: you won't be getting the promised audio fidelity. The iphone 3GS,and 4 are fine. But many older ipods have high output impedance.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Etymotic hf2 9 Jan 2012
    By Jimbo
    Colour Name:Red
    Just got these to replace a pair of klipsch s4i i recently lost. I was a big fan of the klipsch but i have to say these are a step up. They come with 4 different types of fittings- after a bit of testing i opted for the foam - you can roll it like an earplug then it expands after you have seated them in your ears.
    The range of these earphones is stunning. You will hear ever nuance of sound and as i re listen to music with these i am picking bongos and flourishes that i had not heard before- amazing.
    Regarding the bass comments- i can see why serious bass enthusiasts may grumble but id rather hear the complete range of sound- these provide amazingly detailed high mid and bass range, without the bass drowning everything else out.
    One small complaint is that i assumed the remote would enable volume control - it doesnt.
    Overall though, highly recommended.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    3.0 out of 5 stars Too big for my ears.
    Sound quality is good. Isolation is good. Too large for my ears, which makes them somewhat uncomfortable. Klipsch X10i fits better. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Alex J.
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    Published 8 months ago by Thomas F. Lee
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    Published 10 months ago by Technoquest
    4.0 out of 5 stars High quality earbuds
    Ordered these since I heard so many great things about Etymotic.
    Amazon has the best price on these, I would not have purchased them at full price. Read more
    Published 12 months ago by Jdbye
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great If You Are Looking for High Fidelity with Low Bass Response
    These earbuds have fantastic audio response, particularly for high frequencies and instrumentals. The bass response is low relative to some competitors, so purchase expecting... Read more
    Published 14 months ago by David M Jolly
    4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sound and very good keeping noise out
    I have very narrow ear canals and it's taken some time to get used to them. Using the smallest tips they are a tight fit but sound great - I use them all the time on the train and... Read more
    Published 15 months ago by Mulberry
    3.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
    I bought these to replace my previous ER6i.
    I wear these commuting to work on my bike. I know people will shake their heads and the manufacturers state they shouldn't be worn... Read more
    Published 19 months ago by Dr. J. M. Randell
    4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome sound after running them in
    When I first plugged these in the sound was OK. After running them in for about two hours though the sound has increased in both volume and quality, so it's important to bear that... Read more
    Published 20 months ago by lexusperplexus
    4.0 out of 5 stars Sound, Noise and Control
    Very good reproduction, no silly emphasise on base, just clear and concise.

    The noise isolation is excellent. Read more
    Published 20 months ago by Kevsta
    5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant but some getting used to
    After receiving the product I have been constantly weary about their fragility after reading some reviews but now after owning these headphones for about a month I've realised that... Read more
    Published 23 months ago by KarlP
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