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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sound reproduction but weak bass, 3 Jun. 2013
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Echoing reviews around the 'net, these earphones have excellent sound reproduction and separation but they are truly weak on the bass. As such they are good for most classical music, and some classical tracks sound sublime. For example Janos Starker's Bach Cello Suites really do shine, as do Bach's Psalm 51. However put on anything which needs even a little bass to hit the mark, for example A Perfect Circle's Mer de Noms or Thirteenth Step, or really just about any rock or metal track, and things start to suffer. For example, take Pink Floyd's "High Hopes" which relies on a mixture of bass and mids to kick off the second part of the song with a bang. Unfortunately the Etymotic HF set just doesn't deliver. On the other hand, David Gilmour's exquisite guitar work in "Lost for Words" comes through brilliantly. Using EQ does improve things but not quite enough, and the need to use EQ is always a bad sign.

I've been using the foam tips, with excellent seal and reasonable comfort, with the best results. I do have fairly large ear canals. The other tips were even worse for bass.

So if you can really live with weak bass, or if separation and accurate reproduction is important to you, then the Etymotic HF could be for you. Otherwise they come across as a little clinical, a bit too perfect, and not that much fun.
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Initial post: 8 Dec 2014 23:47:06 GMT
The weak bass is because they have a deliberate volume hump at about 3000Hz to fit a headphone theory that is rather dubious. Use your equaliser to take it down by 5db. Increase volume to taste and voila: bass. Still, with our hearing being non-linear (and also changes with ovlume level) you should always adjust bass and treble to taste and again if you change volume levels.

A music player without an equaliser to allow these compensations is a nonsense.
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