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  • Etymotic HF2 Earphones FTW :)

    I listen to music on my iphone pretty much most of the day at work so I thought it would be a wise investment to invest in some decent headphones.

    Having done quite some considerable research, I found the Etymotic HF2's were highly praised by many many reviews and has won the Macworld Awards in 2007, 2008 and recently 2009!
    Just google and you will see.

    Etymotic Research, Inc. - HF2 Headset + Earphones

    So I decided to fork out for a pair and have been really impressed by them
    The noise isolation is amazing as well.
    The server room is a pretty noisy place and I found it isolated virtually all ambient machine and air-con noises in there for my pure music listening experience ^_^
    You can't even hear the person standing in front of you talking to you so it's a great way to isolate yourself from the office

    So for those who own iphones out there and listen to music on the crappy Apple supplied headphones, I'd highly recommend investing in a pair of HF2's

  • #2
    Have been keen on these for a while, I just wonder if they also do a model compatible with the 3GS iPhone (microphone, button and volume controls)

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    • #3
      Originally posted by IGS View Post
      Have been keen on these for a while, I just wonder if they also do a model compatible with the 3GS iPhone (microphone, button and volume controls)
      Dude, click the link
      It's made for the iphone and yes its 3GS compatible ^_^
      So to answer your question, yes it does have built in button and Mic
      Going by the reviews, the mic is meant to be really good.

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      • #4
        mmm new bike headphones??? could be good with the controls.

        Has anyone seen a link to what other"compatible smart phones" it works with

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        • #5
          Oh, "any player with a 3.5mm jack" but I doubt that means it can control any device with one, just purely audiO most likely.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by CEL View Post
            Dude, click the link
            It's made for the iphone and yes its 3GS compatible ^_^
            So to answer your question, yes it does have built in button and Mic
            Going by the reviews, the mic is meant to be really good.
            The 3GS also has an inline volume control as part of the headphone controls, I thought this feature didn't exist on the 3G.

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            • #7
              yes the 3g has the inline clickable mic

              1 Click = Pause/Play
              2 Click = Skip forward
              3 Click = Skip Back

              You can now buy inline mic's that allow you to plug an headphones into the 3g/3gs iphone and skip / pause etc while also using the mic properly during phone conversations. Many people use them with Er6 etyomics / high end headphones the units are from griffin etc and they cost ~$25

              Edit: There are not many 3gs features that the 3g lacks other than the size differences

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              • #8
                Nice phones - but the Er-6i are waaaay better for sound quality and isolation - doesnt have mike though.

                Been using these on my bike for a few months - the ER-6i's never slip out - mask the sound of the bike and deliver awesome sound.

                Woot!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Harro View Post
                  Nice phones - but the Er-6i are waaaay better for sound quality and isolation - doesnt have mike though.

                  Been using these on my bike for a few months - the ER-6i's never slip out - mask the sound of the bike and deliver awesome sound.
                  Mate,
                  I had a listen to both and you can't say they waaaay are better.
                  The HF2's are newer based on the ER-4S which is the top of the line model.
                  Same Frequency response: 20 Hz to 16 kHz.
                  There is probably a reason why the HF2's have won so many awards

                  And being for isolation, you are also wrong there.
                  The HF2 blocks out more sound out of any of the Etymotic earphones.
                  Even the specs on the Etymotic website says so:

                  ER-6i:
                  Noise isolation with foam tips: 34-36 dB
                  Noise isolation with triflange: 15-35dB

                  HF2:
                  Noise isolation: 35- 42 dB

                  So I'd say read the specs, listen to them side by side as I have before you can claim the 6i's are better.
                  Not to say they aren't good headphones tho

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by IGS View Post
                    The 3GS also has an inline volume control as part of the headphone controls, I thought this feature didn't exist on the 3G.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by IGS View Post
                      The 3GS also has an inline volume control as part of the headphone controls, I thought this feature didn't exist on the 3G.
                      Yeah the 3G doesn't have an inline volume control nor does the HF2's.
                      But how badly do you need one?

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                      • #12
                        *shurgs* I probably did exagerate when I said waay better.

                        Tried both at headphonics in leederville - and to my ears the er-6i's sounded better - but it was in a quiet room with not much background noise so that wouldn't have helped the isolation side of things.

                        I must have wierd ears.

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                        • #13
                          They let you try them?

                          I didn't think they did that for hygene reasons.....
                          c o o l s t o r y b r o

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                          • #14
                            Took my own flanges

                            They dont usually let you try canal phones, but in this case they did.

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                            • #15
                              I guess it depends on who you speak to but on the website, they say you can anyway.
                              I tried them there as well
                              Headphonic | Australian Headphone Specialists: Buy Etymotic, Alessandro, Audio Technica, Ultimate Ears, Talisman, Meier Audio and more

                              Nice Guy.
                              Spent about an hour in the shop trying out different ones like UE, Shure etc
                              In the end, the HF2's was the choice for me.

                              You have to give them a $10 deposit to try them (which you can put towards your choice of purchase) and they give you a new set of ear tips which you put on each pair of earphones you use.
                              Then you also get to keep the tips
                              Last edited by CEL; 18-09-2009, 02:26 PM.

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