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Etymotic-hf5.33579302
7.1 out of 10

Etymotic HF5

hf5 ER5 stereo earphone has special filters that smooth the freq Read more

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Reviews and Problems with Etymotic HF5

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Overall 8
8.0

Decent audio quality, but the fit is tri

JB Smoove, B&H Photo
21 October 2013
  • Excerpt: They sounded decent, but I cant help but think they'd be much better if they fit properly. You can go the custom earpiece route, but that's a pricey solution.
  • Pros: Nice Case
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Overall 8
8.0

A Definite Upgrade

jimbo, B&H Photo
7 May 2012
  • Excerpt: Upgrading from cheap earphones....these sound way better than included buds with iphone, etc.
  • Pros: Comfortable, Great Sound Quality
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Overall 8
8.0

expensive, but wonderful

aloiv2, B&H Photo
1 April 2012
  • Excerpt: I originally bought the ER-4ps, which were excellent. The HF-5s have a very flat response (which if you have been listening to something like the Sony MDR-7506s will sound a little dull at first). They are the same drivers as the ER-4ps, but apparently aren't "hand tuned". For my money, they don't have quite the depth of field of the 4ps, but for 95% of what I do they are more than adequate (and for 50% of the cost).
  • Pros: Comfortable, Compact Design, Great Sound Quality
  • Cons: Flimsy cable
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Overall 8
8.0

ear buds fit well - which is what I want

michael, B&H Photo
13 July 2011
  • Excerpt: Little weak on the bass, but since they're so deep inside your ear, it's probably healthier. Easily remedied by using the equalizer to turn up the bass artificially from time to time. One really nice thing is that the headphones come with these replaceable ear-wax filters. After a long time, you can pop the old filters and replaces them with new ones (A new pair comes with the product).
  • Pros: Added features, Comfortable, Compact Design, Easy To Use, Replacable ear-wax filter
  • Cons: Bass not-so-good
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

staxxx, head-fi.org
24 June 2011
  • Summary: ...got everything else wrong. Take this mini-review with a grain of salt because YMMV with these IEMs. You may even get a great fit with comfort, but I didn't. Tried all the tips. The gliders don't stay. The foams are itchy. The grey flanges are itchy and too big. The only one that works are the stock small flanges. They fit well and isolate well, BUT they are uncomfortable as HELL.
  • Pros: accurate yet analytical sound
  • Cons: microphonics, stock tips
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

luisdent, head-fi.org
24 June 2011
  • Summary: Etymotic Research HF5 Review   The hf5 didn't fit well with my ears.  I believe this is due to the long armature shafts and ear tip combo.  Essentially, the sound port needed to be pointing at precisely the direct path of my ears to get a good sound, but this didn't happen with the normal fit position.  This seems to be rare for most, but just something to note.  However, in the "normal" position I would call these comfortable.
  • Pros: relatively flat sound
  • Cons: lack of lowest and highest extension
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

P.F. Jo, head-fi.org
24 June 2011
  • Summary: These phones are great, for their value, even at retail price these are quite good.   Though I do not have past exp. with other etymotics, I could sum these as very clear, tight bass but not lacking, unless the track you're playing is. the mids are a little emphasized, but it's not too obvious the seperation is also very good, If I were to give an example these are like an artistic version of   That is regarding the soundstage, but it's not that big a of a con...
  • Pros: Awesome for the price
  • Cons: Somewhat congested soundstage but not terrible
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Overall 7
7.0

User Review

Exarch, head-fi.org
24 June 2011
  • Summary: First off let me preface by stating that I bought these on a whim.  I had read many things about Etymotic's penchant for accurate reproduction.   The initial impressions I got from these were a mixed bag.  First off, I love the isolation factor, putting these on in the middle of a crowded communal area was like stepping into a library.
  • Pros: Amazing isolation, Transparent sounding, Extremely accurate, High degree of imaging in mid and treble
  • Cons: Bass is uninspiring, Product out of the box is a poor representation of the device -- burn in absolutely required.
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Overall 8
8.0

Great for the price

JTofNYC, B&H Photo
20 June 2011
  • Excerpt: I have the more refined ER-4Ps also, as well as $1350 Ultimate Ears custom-molded units. I find Etymotic a good balance between accuracy and price. I mix on the ER-4Ps more than the UEs because they don't falsely emphasize bass (a problem with in-ear units due to contact with your skull). I find that the HF5s are a good "lite" version of the ER-4Ps, so I use them in live performances.
  • Pros: Easy To Use, Great Sound Quality
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Overall 8
8.0

good headphones!

saxman, B&H Photo
20 June 2011
  • Excerpt: Used with an iPhone 3Gs. Compared to ER-6i, these are more detailed, sometimes perhaps even too much, depending on your source material. Isolation is superb. Tones are natural, the frequency spectrum is balanced.
  • Pros: Comfortable, Compact Design, Great Sound Quality
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