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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for musicians, 11 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Etymotic Research HF5 Portable iPhone and iPod In-ear Earphones- Colbalt (Electronics)
I'd been shopping around for a while trying to find some earphones I could use when playing the drums (for playing to my Ipod, click tracks etc), and after looking at bulky isolating headphones, cheap earphones, really expensive earphones, in-ears etc, I decided to give these a try. Last night I got them into the practise room and tried them out, and I couldn't be more impressed.

They come with 2 sizes of triple-flanged eartips, and 2 sizes of foam ones. The large triple-flanged are the same size as a regular pair of triple flanged earplugs, and the level of isolation they deliver is superb. In fact, I've used Etymotic Research's ER20 earplugs and these earphones isolate much more than them.

I was able to listen to my ipod on half volume and play along full tilt with no problems at all, and I play hard! That was a totally comfortable volume too. I could have turned it up more without it getting uncomfortable.

A couple of points in response to complaints below:

-The bass response is absolutely fine if you've fitted them properly (DEEP into the ear canal, whilst lifting the top of the ear with the opposite hand). Seriously, if you want any isolation or bass at all you have to get them right inside your ear. There's a note about this in the box, and a diagram, and a link to a video on the website. How people have got this so wrong when all the information is provided for them I have no idea, but rest assured that if you insert them according to the instructions and get a tight seal the bass is fine and the isolation is phenomenal.

-Cable feedback needn't be a problem if you use them properly. I've been using mine whilst playing the drums, which involves a great deal more movement than what a lot of the other reviewers have been doing and I had no problems at all. Someone below suggests that you "put the phones in upside down & trail the cable around your ears" and although there is nothing to this effect in the instructions, it is the correct way to wear this type of earphones. There is also a `cable slider' which allows you to adjust the point at which the wires to the two earpieces separate. If you run the wires around your ears and tighten the slider behind your head you get a really snug fit and minimal cable feedback.

These earphones are amazing. Great for musicians and if you take the time to find out how to use them properly they're great for use out and about too. Plus they're cheap as chips for what they do :) Couldn't recommend them more highly.
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