updated 06:45 pm EST, Mon November 20, 2006
ety.8 Bluetooth Earphones
Etymotic Research today introduced the ety.8 Bluetooth Earphones, which it says is the industry's "first and only" in-the-ear wireless earphones. The ety.8 Bluetooth Earphones are also the only Bluetooth earphones with high-accuracy sound reproduction and full noise exclusion. The new earphones are the smallest wearable stereo Bluetooth earphones, able to fit easily in a pocket or purse. Each earphone weighs less than half an ounce; one contains the battery and the other the circuit, antenna and controls. The ety.8 Bluetooth Earphones, which work with iPod devices and other Bluetooth-enabled music players, are supported completely by the ear canal-with no external support required-for comfortable long-term use. The company includes a large selection of eartips to accommodate different ear sizes.
The ety.8 Bluetooth Earphones provide users with the highest fidelity Bluetooth listening experience, sampling the sound at 44.1kHz sampling rate, 16-bit resolution. In addition the battery in the ety.8 Bluetooth Earphones offers very high efficiency and lasts eight to 10 hours per charge.
"The reason no one has previously introduced an in-the-ear Bluetooth earphone is that it's extremely difficult to achieve a small enough design that works effectively," said Mead C. Killion, Ph.D., founder and president of Etymotic Research and adjunct professor of audiology at Northwestern University. "We were able to overcome the technological hurdles-and to deliver Bluetooth without any compromises-by applying our extensive expertise in miniaturized sound components and electronics and by taking advantage of newly developed components."
The company's iPod Adapter represents a sophisticated enhancement to current accessories (both docking speakers and wireless earphones) that connect to the iPod, which require the volume to be controlled at the receiving end, not at the iPod. In contrast, the Made for iPod 8.Mate adapter ensures that the iPod display shows the correct volume or track setting, regardless of which control location is used.
Etymotic also said that the new ety.8 Earphones are also the first Bluetooth earphones to provide 35dB to 40dB noise exclusion, which drops the typical 80dB airplane cabin noise level down to the 40-45dB level of a typical living room, greatly improving users' ability to hear the sounds coming through the earphones. It is more than twice as effective as over-the-ear headphones with electronic noise canceling circuitry and equals that of Etymotic's other earphones, the company said.
The ety.8 Bluetooth Earphones will ship in early December for $300 for the iPod version (includes the 8.Mate iPod adapter) and $200 for the earphones alone. Both versions are supplied with an assortment of earphone tips, extra filters and a pocket-size leather carrying case.