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Etymotic Research Hf5 Portable In-Ear Monitors

Etymotic Research Hf5 Portable In-Ear Monitors

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You guys can add the 75Ohm resistor to these and get 'close' to ER4S performance. Cant do with ER3XX but detachable cable aaaand... twice the price.
Hey guys, how would you compare this to the Alpha & Delta D6. Already joined that drop, wondering if it'd be worthwhile to join this as well?
Is it possible to have a drop for hf3 with microphone?
Could you please create a drop for those two?? ER4SR & ER4XR IEMs
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What's the difference between these and the ER4 series that they are most known for?
Justaway
Having had both, these are lower impedance, so will sound fine from any source. The ER4 series benefits from a better source.
These are rubbery plastic with a fixed wire. Many people seem to break them after a year or two. The ER4s have detachable cables and a metal body. They are very sturdy.
Sound wise, these lack some extension in the treble. Cymbals sound like someone has their hand on it. More mid-bass, but less quality. The base sound is very similar though, same kind of tight soundstage and good separation. Maybe a little less detailed depending on your source.
The ER4s are better overall, but cost 5 times the price. If you have a noisy commute though, the HF5 is like magic if deep insertion works for you. I returned my HF5 and got the ER4XR because I was looking for something I would use forever.
The jack plug on these is very fragile. The first bent after falling from 50cm above the ground, the (excellent) support replaced it for me for free, and the same thing happened to the second one. Otherwise they are excellent.
I had these for about a year. The isolation on these is phenomenal. The sound was pretty flat and clear. No bass. Unfortunately, the wire coating easily ripped/wore away after a few months. I had them replaced thru Ety and the replacements wore away as well. I sold the new replacements and purchased some Shure SE215s.
excellent IEM for daily portable use.
also, with as tiny as these are, comply foam tips are a great compliment. i was always too sweaty/itchy with the triple flanges for extended periods of use.
decent price (roughly $25 off). i've had the er6i for almost 10 years and is what i still compare pretty much everything to. while single balanced is not a bass machine, you'll have a hard time trying to find a more natural & detailed iem.
Can anyone comment, how it is compared to Nuforce Primo 8 and FiiO F9 Pro?
Great IEM, best isolation, very nice sound, highly recommended.
Outstanding isolation and a delight for all of us, who love detailed sound! Great to see HF-series drop again! :) I'm lovin' my HF3 big time!
Bring back this drop again please.
vermachelly
In case ya hadn't seen it yet, your wish came true!
I bought these back in Feb 2016, used them mainly to listen to streaming radio on my phone as well as the sounds from my portable gaming system. They worked extremely well for those purposes until about May 2016 when the right ear went out. Somehow the wiring had gotten frayed and I suspect that was the cause for the loss of function. However, I am not so easily deterred by half-working products and I found that the left ear was plenty enough for portable gaming. The left ear headphone has served me faithfully until October 2017, when it finally died. I don't see any obvious fraying or damage to explain the loss of the left. However, with near-daily usage for 1.5yrs, I am not disappointed with this purchase. I achieved best noise isolation with the foam eartips, however your experience may vary.
My earphones didn't come with the glider eartips. I double checked the box & the product page just in case it's not really included, but it is. Am I the only one with missing accessories?
Virael
This is definitely something our Community Support team can assist with. Drop them a message at https://www.massdrop.com/support and they'll be happy to help out!
I got these today and I am relieved that the bass, when I can get the earpieces to seal properly, is adequate and very nice sounding. Now, how do I get the earpieces to seal and stay sealed? I must have the world's largest ear canals because this is a chronic problem for me. What drives me nuts is that I have a few pairs of low-end Sennheiser and Logitec UE in-ear headphones, and those came with very simple round silicone tips that fit, seal and stay in my ears just fine. Why do all of these "better" models come with tips that don't seal in my elephantine ears?
It should be noted that, without sealing properly in the ear, these issue no bass at all. Things as mid-pitched as a typical adult male voice, and everything lower than that, sound faint and distant. With a good seal these are actually really great - clearer than any other earphones I have ever heard.
Annndy
pick up some Shure tips, they fit Etys and gave me a better fit.
mattholomew
Thank you for the "tip!" (all puns welcome) I'll make a point of trying to get some and see how it goes.
Question: I have the Ety ER6i that I bought way back when, can anyone comment on how sound signature of HF5 compares? Thanks!
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Thank you! I'm joining the drop!
davewave
You will not regret it. You'll love 'em. I just ordered my second pair so I always have a pair with me.
How do these compare to the NuForce EDC or Pinnacle that Massdrop has going right now?
Hi!
I have Phonak Audeo PFE 121 but years of listening and right cable starting to fail as the sounds from right side getting real soft, just wondering is Ety Hf5 worth my PFE 121 replacement?
Also does it ship international?
I had a pair of ER4P's (altec clone version) in the past, and somehow lost them. I particularly like how sterile and clean they were without any hint of harshness. Will these be comparable in sound? Adequate bass?
cam94z28
I find these to be more musical-sounding and enjoyable to listen to than the ER4Ps. They have a frequency response that I think is just nicer to to listen to music to as they are not quite as sterile as the ER4Ps (though they are not warm). I am just about to order my second pair of these because I want to keep a pair in each of my briefcases. I have the Westone W40s and the Shure SE535s, and I prefer the less-expensive Etymotics. Bottom line: When I reach for one of the three different IEMs I own, I reach for the Ety's every time.
I miss these. I lost them recently when I accidentally left it in my back pocket whilst cycling. Great clear sound; works well as a makeshift earplug in noisy environments.
YassySassy
Yeah, they are just great. I am just about to order another pair just to have another pair around (in my work briefcase, for example). After purchases of much more expensive (and vey good sounding IEMs), I just keeping coming back to the Ety's. I should point I'm a pretty serious high-end audiophile, and listen primarily on an Astell & Kern AK 100 II as my portable music player, and I alway reach for my Etys when I listen to an IEM (I use the wonderful Oppo PM3 for headphone listening).
hi, this is my first DROP . Excuse me but I have a question, when send it, I receive an internaltional tracking?
Fabius
Depends on where you are shipping to and thereafter which vendor Massdrop uses to ship the product. I have received drops that were sent to me via USPS and DHL. For both companies, there is tracking available.
Does it have a microphone and volume commands for Android phones?
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*"*The best* IEMs with mike and voluime control I've ever used."*
Absolutely, 100% agree. They are even better than my Westone W40s, IMHO.
the hf2 is android/winphone/anythingbutiphone the hf3 is iphone only(both will work as headphones but the buttons wont work, apple decided they had to be different and swap a pair of wires so you wouldnt be able to use headsets from/for non-apple products and actually get full features..
i wish somebody would bring out a set with a switch in the control u could just slide over to change between phone types...
or that phones would all auto sense like a hand full of windows and android phones can, and actually work with apple headphones and have the controls work.
anyway, wear the cable over your ears, it takes a bit to get use to but, it fixes that problem fully and makes them stay in alot better to, i wish they would make a version shaped like the PL50 honestly, would make them alot easier to wear in bed, and the shapes designed to wear over ear....(they are the most comfy iem's you will ever find if you try some decent tips...like sony hybrids, shure, and even ETY tips...(lostearbuds on ebay, check him out for a WIDE tip selection at very good prices with an excellent rep ;) )
anyway, yeah, i like the hf5's, but, personally if im gonna trade mine in, im gonna get the er4pt, sure they cost a decent bit more but, they also have longer warr, replaceable cables, and are and have been the ETY flagship since the 70's, and are still one of the best iem's on the market, bar none...i have even considered grabbing a set of ety kids and using my e3 or e5 amp with them, im told they sound great once you amp them..(cheapest ety, dynamic with like 300ohm resistance....) since i could use them and then trade them in for the upgrade discount, without waiting for these hf5's to die....(rma'd them once because one driver died, then once on the other set i had when it died at the 3.5 jack strain relief, both times ety replaced them and tossed in a new set or 2 of small tri flanges...if you rma just make sure to request the size of tips you would like, they rep even said she would have sent me a little baggie kit of various tips so i could try them, i kinda would like to try their small foamies...but either way....i like ety, sure i had a couple fails, but the first one was within days of getting them, the 2nd was caused by leaving them plugged into the player in my pocket all the time, stopped doing that and havent had a set of any iem's fail at the plug since...i ended up with 2 because amazon messed up my order 3 times, and eventually in all the back and forth, they sent me an extra set of the color i wanted that they went out of stock on....(i ended up with black when i wanted blue, now i have both..but the other set are still brand new in their baggie i tested them for a couple hours and then put them back and went back to the set i have been carrying around daily for years now...)
i do recommend heading over to amazon and looking up sets of tips for ETY Shure and Klipsch you will find some kits of dif types/styles of tips for reasonable prices, i actually find the 3rd party tri-flange cut down to a dual flange(remove largest flange) to be most comfortable and isolating for me...(the 3rd flange for me and 3 friends just ends up wrinkling and causing discomfort rather then better isolation...)
the fact ety stand behind their products, and even replaced a friends set after the nozel broke off as he tried to pull the tip off to swap it with some comply foamies he had gotten...and admitted to them and everybody it was probably his fault for not being more careful....they replaced them no extra cost and even tossed him a full retail box replacement because they didnt have any ziplock bag replacements in stock at the moment...(that impressed me...they sent me extra filters and an extra tool each time though..without me asking funny enough..)
There's nothing mentioned, but is there a limit on the number available in this drop? I don't want to miss out, but have to play money games this week to organise them. Yes to the poster before who says get the silicone tips. Super comfy, great isolation, and they help the sound a bit. You can't beat these units at their MSRP, so this price including killer shipping outside the dying empire is great.
I have a few iem that sound better. The HF5's trump card is a noisy environment. They maintain the frequency spectrum very well. You don't have to crank them up to overcome the noise.
I once bought a pair of these for $80 at the JFK airport. That was 8 years ago. Only recently did the cable begin to wear out after some super heavy usage carrying them around in my pockets on a backpacking trip. One of my favorite single driver IEMs. Recommend for those who like neutral frequency responses and clarity. The tips go in very deep into your ear and for some people it might not be comfortable. Pick up Shure olives or Comply tips.
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try F4 tape, it only sticks to itself and similar materials, i use it to fix alot of cords because it never gets sticky or comes undone once its stuck to itself its stuck to itself.. :)
you can find it on amazon ;)
thats what he linked, click it, you can buy a bunch of them at a very nice discount trade in cost, why we both want to grab er4 models, they are ety's flagship, and have been since..like, the 70's...and are still one of the best iem's on the market...more then a few people i know got ACS tips for their hf5's then upgraded to er4pt's (Because with the impedence adapter they become er4s's but, without it, you can easily drive them with just about any decent player or cell phone..)
I have another pair of etymotics and I nearly got detained at the airport because they thought the metal tool that comes with it was a detonator or something. Was a little exciting trying to explain it to the TSA
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lollll yeah I had to bring up a picture of the headphones on amazon to show them that it was a legitimate thing. I don't understand how after opening up the pouch and showing that it was a pair of headphones and not a bomb or something they still were freaking out.
mtcicero
smoked the wrong weed before starting shift i guess....
How does noise isolation differ from an NRR?
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Oh these things have enough isolation to pass that by quite a lot. With a good seal you can get up to 35db of reduction with the silicon triple flanage tips, or up to 42db of reduction with the foam tips. So you'll be fine getting these for work.
SephHaley
Thanks for the help :)
Big difference between noise cancelling and noise blocking. These, with their standard tips and your near average ear canals, will damp noise more than anything other than custom IEMs in full concha silicone. I have one of these and one of their flagship IEMs. I also have full concha and small ear tip custom tips for the Etymotic Research earphones from ACS in New York. With those custom tips, which go WAY deep into my ear canals, and deal with the oddness of my ear canal shape, make these Etys sound way better than anything in the price range.
I don't know any earphone enthusiast who doesn't have two or three Ety ear rigs. Anyone I've connected with has said, if you (separately) get the custom tips, these rise to the level of thousand dollar CIEMs. I've got two sets of them (my job means that most of the time, I have to listen to music on the road) and my Ety earphones, with custom tips, are what I use equally with my CIEMs. And, I listen to these next to my ER4 whatever earphones, and frankly, the difference is in favor of the HF5. Just note - get custom tips. It makes these sound better than hundreds of non-custom IEMs. And will make you into a schemer for more CIEMs.