Summary: With great looks, a comfortable fit and a sound that'll please the most critical of audiophiles, the Etymotic HF5 earphones are winners. Just make sure you'll be able to treat them right, and that you wouldn't make use of the Etymotic HF2's hands-free mobile feature.
Excerpt: Etymotic Research is a heavy hitter in the iPod earbud field. Their hf5 earbuds are a new addition to their wide selection of high-end earbuds. The Weeks Division of MyMac Labs spent some time with the hf5s. Here’s what we found.
Excerpt: Etymotic's HF5, are one of the most popular in-ear earphones in the audiophile world. The HF5 are exactly like the Etymotic HF2 model , except the HF5 do not have a headset feature. The Etymotic HF5 are one of the best sound-isolaters I have ever tried, and this is all thanks to the outstanding ear tips Etymotic provides. So if you are looking so a good pair of earphones that sound fantastic and block almost all outside noise, the HF5/HF2 are for you.