Etymotic Research ER23-HF2-BLACK Earphones/Headset--Black
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- Made to work with smartphones and tablets from Blackberry, Samsung, HTC, Motorola Mobility, HP and Apple
- Close-proximity high sensitivity microphone. Achieves highest output sensitivity in its class with 105 dB SPL sensitivity at 1 kHz at 0.1 mV. 85%+ response accuracy from 20 Hz - 15 kHz.
- AccuDriver(TM) high performance, precision matched, balanced armature drivers. ACCUFilter(TM) User-replaceable filters that protect the balanced armature drivers from ear wax
- An assortment of noise-isolating ACCUFit eartip options to ensure proper seal and comfort. CUSTOMFIT option available
- Black soft-touch finish
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From the Manufacturer
A no compromise, high-performance noise-isolating headset and earphones that delivers best-in-class benefits and superior value, perfectly matched to the latest product innovations from most smartphones that support a 3.5mm, 4-conductor stereo phone plug. The hf2 features a close-proximity, high sensitivity microphone that works with many popular smartphones and tablets from Blackberry, Samsung, HTC, Motorola Mobility, HP, and of course, Apple.
Etymotic's hf2 looks and feels great, too. With a soft-touch finish in 3 color options (Black, Ruby, and Cobalt), the hf2 ships to you with an assortment of noise-isolating ACCU-Fit ear tips to ensure proper seal and comfort. You also have the option of ordering custom molded eartips with Etymotic's CUSTOM-FIT program.
Best Sound Accuracy
Etymotic hf2 earphones deliver 85%+ response accuracy from 20 Hz - 15 kHz. hf2 achieves the highest output sensitivity in its class with 105 dB SPL sensitivity at 1 kHz at 0.1 mV, thanks to Etymotic's Accu-Driver high performance, precision matched, balanced armature drivers.
Best Noise Isolation
Etymotic's specially-designed earphone tips create 35 dB - 42 dB of noise isolation, which is the highest documented noise isolation of any earphones or headphones on the market today. This earphone headset comes with several types of eartips--3-flange, foam, and glider--to help you achieve a comfortable fit while retaining maximum noise isolation.
Compatible with Blackberry and Android as well as iPhone, iPad, and More
The Etymotic hf2 headset works with smartphones and tablets including, but not limited to, those running Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, HP WebOS, Symbian and Apple iOS. With feature-compatible devices, you can play or pause music, change tracks, and change volume in addition to answering and ending phone calls.
Functionality for send/end, play/pause, forward/back track varies with device manufacturers' software. Please verify that your phone or tablet supports a 3.5 mm 4-conductor stereo phone plug.
Integrated Cable Slider
An inline cable slider makes cable management easy. The hf2 headset can be worn with the cables in front or in back of the head. The cable slider can be adjusted by moving it up or down for a snug fit.
Upgrade to a CUSTOM-FIT
Custom molds can be made for all Etymotic earphones and headsets. CUSTOM-FIT molds enhance your listening experience. They provide a comfortable, secure fit and do not alter the exceptional sound quality of the earphones. Register your Etymotic headset at etymotic.com/customfit and print out a voucher. Find a network provider on the CustomFit page who can make impressions of your ears and order custom molds for your Etymotic product.
What's in the Box
Etymotic hf2 earphone headset with 4 foot cable, assorted eartips, filter tool with replacement filters, storage pouch.
- Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 15 kHz
- Accuracy Score: 85%
- Transducers: Balanced armature
- Noise Isolation: 35-42 dB
- Impedance (@1 kHz): 16 Ohms
- Sensitivity (@1 kHz) SPL at 0.1V: 105 dB
- Maximum Output (SPL): 120 dB
- Cable: 4 ft with 3.5 mm plug
Top Customer Reviews
I tested this set with an Iphone 3G, and those on the other end were not able to guess that I was on a headset microphone rather than the Iphone's admittedly high-quality mic - that's a great compliment right there. The mic, which hangs about three inches below the right earphone, seems to be able to filter out background noises, as well. As for controls, it's simple - there's one button on rectangular microphone unit. Press once to answer or hang up a call, twice to send a call to voicemail.
As for sound quality of the headphones, they're fantastic, and that's no surprise given the pedigree associated with the Etymotic name. I'm an Ety fan - I have a pair of Ety ER6i as well as their "big brother" the ER4P, and the sound quality of the HF2 ranks right around the ER6i, which should be excellent for most people. Those not familiar with the "Etymotic sound," it is extremely clean, and many may find it lacking in bass, but it is very true to the recorded sound, unlike many other cheaper (and sometimes similarly priced) earphones. What you hear with Etymotics is a very accurate, if sometimes stark, representation of the sound that the artists captured. They are not good headphones for those looking for huge bass response.Read more ›
(I currently use a pair of EarPeace LiveWires for on-stage music monitoring, and have used Shure E2s and E3s... And, having just started using an iphone, I decided to upgrade a little from the Ultimate Ear super-fi 3s I was previously using for my ipod.)
The HF2s are clean and transparent -- I won't go too far into detail about that here, given the glut of other reviewers saying the same thing. I will say, though, that the HF2s are really very impressive across the volume board -- they seem to provide the same punch for low-volume listening as they do at higher volumes; unlike my UEs, there's no "sweet spot" that they need to be set at in order to reproduce well. And unlike any other pair of in-ears I've owned, I truly can forget that I'm listening through headphones with this pair; unlike so many others that constantly make you aware of exactly how much they're coloring the tone (for better or worse), the HF2s really just step back and let the pure tones come right through. Highly impressive.
(Of course, the casual headphone buyer is probably not willing to spend this much dough for headphones -- so I won't spend too much time pointing out that if you're used to having your home or car EQ goose your bass way up, or if you use a pair of phones that have super-jacked-up bass drivers, you'll be disappointed with these.Read more ›
I had the same reaction when I first tried these ear buds. I was amazed at the sharpness of the high tones. The first song I listened to was the dresden dolls and I could make out every drum beat and each key stroke on the piano rang out. I really was like HD audio without any changes to the media or ipod. It took a while to be able to just be listening to music again, I was so impressed by the clarity.
There were two big reasons I wanted these head phones. First I wanted to be able to listen to my Ipod touch on my bus commute without having to crank up the volume. This worked perfectly, I can now greatly reduce the volume and get far more clarity than I was getting before with the buds that came with the ipod. Watching movies is also far easier now because the isolation makes hearing dialog much easier. The second reason I got these was to use with the upcoming iPhone 3G. I am looking forward to using it when I get one.
Here are the Pro's and Con's as I see them.
These have by far the best sound I have ever experienced in headphones. They are comfortable, or at least after a couple of days to get used to the feel of them. Once properly inserted, I had full mobility with no fears of them slipping out. I was worried about replacement covers, but then I looked into the box again and found the two bags that contained dozens of replacement covers - very nice touch.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love love LOVE these headphones. Great, clean, accurate sound. Ended up using the mic part less and less, so when the cable frayed and I warrantied them, swapped them for the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Greg Elliott
I am on the phone for several hours a day at work and on the road. I have tried a plethora of earphone options including pricier options such as Shure. Read morePublished 2 months ago by PrimeLover
Even with the smallest flange replacements, I can't get these into my ears far enough to hear any bass at all. Consequently everything sounds tinny. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Victoria Bellotti
Really disappointed in these. Paid $145 and it doesn't compare to quality of other headphones of this price. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jill
Awesome, not too different from the ER4P when driven just by my phone but the HF costs much less. Ety suits my sound signature tastes perfectly but it's not for everyone.Published 5 months ago by RL646
These are the best earbuds I have ever owned, and I have pretty much tried them ALL. I have smaller ear canals, and all the other types of earbuds pop out or hurt. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
1. Uncomfortable fit, tried all tips, silicone is best fit, but least isolating. Others are painful. Not worth the pain/effort. Read more