"Great headphones"on by keabler
Pros Superior fit and low profile design, amazingly accurate and smooth audio reproduction, isolate more sound than normal earplugs.
Cons cable is a bit thin, may not be comfortable for every one.
Summary These are seriously great headphones. All (or mosts) of the members who reviewed these have no idea what they are talking about. They could throw on some Sennheiser hd 800's and complain that they aren't clear enough or lack bass (they are arguably the best over the ear headphones you can buy at $1400)
These headphones isolate 32db of ambient noise which is about perfect. This means that you can listen to your music at a non damaging level and still hear every detail, but not cancel all noise so if your at the gym and some one is trying to get your attention they still can. To get this much noise isolation the ear tips need to be inserted farther than normal into your ear. As a result they take about a week before your ears find them comfortable (also cleaning out your ears prior to trying them is a good idea).
The HF-5's sound amazing. I have some denon ahd 5000's and a set of swan 2.0 audio monitors (have had a plethora of audio equipment over the years) and I find my self coming back to these for more daily use (on my second pair already). The audio reproduction is amazingly smooth and crisp. No the bass won't rattle your head and you will probably have to tweak your EQ to a be a bit bass heavy, but the bass reproduction is accurate and definitely there. I like to use these for more daily activities (lifting weight, studying) because the sound reproduction is extremely smooth and does not cause fatigue.
Here is the issue for most people with these headphones. They receive these headphones and expect them to be better than what they are use to (skull candy or stock apple buds) and they are better but vastly different from what they are use to. First of all people don't give their ears a chance to get use to the fit and sound. You have to wear these for at least a week or they will be uncomfortable to wear, and to get good sound from these they have to be worn properly. Most people shove these in their ears a hair farther than their skull candy's went in and expect them to sound better, however; these headphones were designed to sit deeper in the ear canal (to isolate noise) so they sound like crap if you don't properly insert them into your ears.
The bottom line: these headphones are great for every day use, and will fit 95% of the population. You have to give them a chance and have a good idea of what good audio reproduction is to appreciate them.
Pros - Very fine detail, very typical of Etymotic.
- Small and lightweight
- Sweet, sweet highs
- Tight, accurate bass
- Triple-flanged eartips are very comfortable and incredibly isolating.
- Other eartips are also good.
- Carry case!
Cons - Possibly a little too little in the bass department.
Summary Brilliant all-rounders, great detail, a little lacking in bass.The main problems the other reviewers are having are all solved with time. The triple flanged eartips took about 5 days of heavy use to begin to be comfortable, and the tinniness took about 72 hours to go away*. It's all about stick with it. It's worth it.
Updated on Oct 25, 2011
*Try playing white/pink noise overnight.
Pros Crystal clear sound quality
Excellent noise isolation
Do not fall out of ears
Love the color
Little to no cable noise
Three different eartip choices
Most accurate in price range
Cons A little on the pricey side, but you get what you pay for.
Summary I see a lot of complaints about the bass on these earphones, and obviously those writers don't know what they are talking about. If you know how to wear these earphones and get a good seal, the bass is defined, but not overblown (like in the beats headphones by monster)
Besides, you can always throw on the bass booster in your EQ if you care so much about it. The highs are unbelievable, so crisp, clear and 'eargasmic' as I call it.
The noise isolation is excellent on these, almost too good... I can't hear much of what's around me, but it enables me to get the same dynamics out of my music without the increased volume. It's great for travel especially.
There's an app on the iPod/iPhone for the hf3 versions which uses the mic to pickup on sounds you wish to hear (i.e. ignores background noise but will let through things that are louder like important noises (train stops))
I would recommend this to anyone who wants a good earphone, and knows a thing or two about audiology
Pros Fit and lightness. Very secure.
Cons Sound, Sound and Sound. Very poor bass. Very distorted.
Summary I normally trust CNET's reviews but these were very poor earbuds and I tried two pair because I thought I bought a lemon. For one, the bass is non existant and I don't listen to heavy bass music. The sound was very distorted. I run and I had to turn the volume so far down that I heard everything else around me and the sound was still distorted. The only good thing about these for me was the fit. They stayed put. That's it. I've tried many of the reviewed earbuds and the two I liked as far as sound quality were the Ultimate Ears fi-5 pro's and the V-Moda. These ht5's are no where close to good ear speakers.
Pros good output with very low distortion
Cons my sony earbuds have better noise isolation, waaaay too tinny sounding. the audio reproduction is too top-heavy by far!
Summary buy yourself a $60 set and you will be more pleased. You can thank me later!