Etymotic Research HF2 iPhone and iPod Headset - Ruby
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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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The award-winning Etymotic hf2 headset delivers the most accurate fidelity of any earphones available today. We constantly test against the competition. The uncompromising performance standards and noise-excluding eartips provide a level of clarity that lets you hear parts of your music you may have never heard before.
The award winning, no-compromise headset for iPhone, Blackberry and other smartphones.
The judges at MacWorld had this to say in awarding the hf2 the iPhone Accessory of the Year award:
"The hf2 is a phenomenal set of iPhone-ready earphones that deliver the kind of sound reproduction you could pay a lot more for. Add custom fit, personalised earbuds these will truly be the best earphones you can own."
Experience the best sound quality available for your iPhone or Blackberry smartphone
Make clear, intelligible phone calls with the integrated high-sensitivity microphone
Keep it in your pocket - Exercising? Commuting? The conveniently located microphone button also doubles as a remote control for pausing and navigating forward through music tracks in your playlist
Get back to your music - your music resumes when the call endsRediscover Your Music
The uncompromising performance standards and noise exclusion of Etymotic earphones provide a level of clarity that lets you hear parts of your music you never heard before.
Block Out the Noise
Make and receive phone calls with confidence. The eartips seal the ears, allowing you to hear and be heard even in noisy surroundings.
The Reviews Are In
Etymotic's hf2 was awarded the prestigious Best iPhone Accessory for 2009 by Macworld U.K., and consistently garners top reviews from around the world.
Included in the box are the hf2 headset and
earphones with a lengthy, 4 foot cable,
assorted eartips, filter tool with
replacement filters, and a storage pouch.
"This is perfect for use on trains, airplanes, or other loud spots where you might want to make/receive calls or listen to music. As an added benefit, the passive noise-canceling tech lets you bypass the bulky, battery-eating characteristics of other phones that accomplish the same thing via active noise-canceling circuitry."
-- MacLife, Editor's Choice
"The new model is fully iPhone- and iPod-compatible, looks great, and sells at a very reasonable price given the sound quality of the ER-4Ps, which were long considered our reference standard for iPod in-canal phones."
-- iLounge, 2008 Best of Show Winner
"A phenomenal set of earphones... we believe they deliver the kind of sound reproduction you could pay a lot more for. We also found them to be among the most comfortable in-ear headphones we've tested."
-- MacWorld, Editor's ChoiceMusic controls at your fingertips
Keep your phone in your pocket. Use the in-line end/send button.
* 1 click = music pauses (another click resumes music)
* 2 clicks = skip to next track
* 3 clicks = go back to previous trackiPod Voice Memo Recording with hf2
* Pause/resume recording from in-line microphone
* Voice memos can be saved to iTunes library by connecting to a computerCompatibility
iPhone (2.5 and 3G versions) Blackberry Curve, Blackberry Storm and Blackberry Bold and other music smartphones with 3.5mm/4-contact phone + stereo plug Etymotic hf2 Headset Features
|What we say||Why we say it|
|Best sound quality available for iPhone or iPod|| |
Etymotic earphones deliver the truest, unaltered sound of any earphones, regardless of the number of speaker drivers.
Tests on competitive products confirm the superior accuracy of Etymotic earphones. (See "How we measure response accuracy" at www.bestipodsound.com)
|Now qualified for the Blackberry Curve, Bold and Storm|| |
The hf2 has been fully tested with the latest Blackberry smartphones, delivering unmatched music fidelity and handsfree microphone convenience to Curve, Bold and Storm
|Better noise isolation and portability than big noise-canceling cans|| |
Tests conducted by independent labs show that Etymotic products block 2X more noise than ANC headphones that require batteries
hf2 provides more noise reduction than other passive noise isolation earphones
|Clear phone calls with the integrated high-sensitivity microphone|| |
The high-sensitivity hf2 mic is positioned close to the mouth.
Combined with the noise isolating eartips, phone conversation intelligibility on both ends is greater than that of standard Bluetooth or wired earbud-type headsets.
|Multiple award winner|| |
hf2 won Best iPhone Accessory. Macworld UK 2009.
Etymotic earphones and headsets are consistently among the highest rated products
View a full list of awards at: www.etymotic.com/hf2
|"I heard that Etymotic earphones do not provide a lot of bass."|| |
Etymotic does not add an artificial bass boost to its earphones
The majority of concerns regarding lack of bass result from an improper seal between eartip and ear canal.
|"How can the hf2 mic be used with an iPod?"|| |
Music controls: the end/send button will pause playback, skip to next track or go back to previous track.
for iPod users who also have an iPhone, or are thinking of upgrading, the hf2 provides future-proof flexibility
Voice memos: The microphone enables iPod voice memo recording with pause/resume control.
Noise Cancelling vs. Noise Isolation:
Popular, large, battery-powered active noise-canceling headphones use circuitry to cancel the acoustic signal. A low-level hiss in the earphones is noticeable when they are "on" but not reproducing an acoustic signal.
All Etymotic earphones and headsets use passive noise isolation, which means that sound is reduced naturally (not electronically) when the noise-isolating eartips seal the ear canal.
Sound reduction tests performed at qualified labs across the world indicate that Bose earphones reduce about 20-22 dB of noise while Etymotic earphones reduce 35-40 dB on average, (twice as much as active noise-canceling headphones) which results in about 98% noise isolation.About Etymotic Research:
Established in 1983, ER's mission is to design high-fidelity products to measure, improve and protect hearing. ER has developed and patented some of the most innovative hearing technology available today. ER's products are used worldwide by scientists, hearing practitioners, hearing-impaired consumers, professional and amateur musicians, and others who insist on superior sound quality.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
These come with a choice of tips (different diameters and materials). For music to sound good, it's important that they are pushed a long way into the ear – scarily so the first few times.
It's an odd experience to begin with and I found I couldn't go much more than an hour to start. However, the sound quality is great. I found myself listening to different music - more open, acoustic music with lots of dynamics - because these phones really work well with intimate music. Of course they are fine on stadium rock too.
One thing I noticed is that there is some mechanical noise from the cable moving which is passed through to the ears. Not a problem when sitting on a plane but more noticeable if used when out running.
The best thing about their effectiveness in keeping outside noise at bay is that I can now listen to music whilst mowing the lawn – far more enjoyable than using normal ear defenders.
I use these more for listening than making calls. They are odd when used on the phone because you don't hear your own voice through the phones and it's blocked out by the sealing of the buds inside your ears.
Etymotic offer a custom moulded earpiece service which I'm looking into.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mine are nearly 4 years old but have given up the ghost. Too soon for this price. First one earpiece failed, then the other. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bramble
Sound quality is good. Isolation is good. Too large for my ears, which makes them somewhat uncomfortable. Klipsch X10i fits better. Read morePublished on 26 Feb. 2014 by Alex J.
I've had several of these - I tend to lose only good headsets and this is a good one. I love it!Published on 25 Aug. 2013 by Thomas F. Lee
I've had 3 of these now and they are awesome. The cables on my first set perished after about a year of hard usage. Read morePublished on 8 May 2013 by Will Armstrong
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
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 morePublished on 15 Feb. 2013 by David M Jolly
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 morePublished on 17 Jan. 2013 by Mulberry
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