updated 05:45 pm EDT, Tue June 22, 2010
Etymotic ships hi-fi earbuds, headsets
Etymotic on Tuesday began shipping a number of headsets introduced at CES. This includes the hf3 headset for the iPod, iPhone and iPad, the etyBLU2 Bluetooth and Etymotic's entry-level MC-5 earphones and MC-3 headset. At the same time, the company made its Custom-Fit Earmold Program available for all of its headphones and headsets, letting users get special eartips modeled just to their exact designs.
The hf3 headset uses and is said to bring the best accuracy and noise reduction in its class. It has a three-button in-line remote and a built-in microphone for holding conversations and controlling music or calls. Four eartips are included with the hf3, which costs $179 and ships in three colors.
The etyBLU2 Bluetooth headset has 30dB of noise cancellation at the microphone and 30dB of the same at the ear, for clear conversations when speaking or listening. It has a flexible boom and a bi-directional microphone. Audio comes from a single, 8mm moving coil driver. It sports multi-point technology to pair with up to two Bluetooth handsets at the same time, and can store pairing information for up to eight devices. Pricing for this headset sits at $129.
The new additions in the MC-series include the MC-5 earphones and MC-3 headset. Each has a unique chamber design for improved dynamics that acts like a three-band equalizer. They sport moving-coil, high-output 8mm neodymium magnet drivers. The MC-5s lack a microphone, which the MC-3 has. They are priced at $79 and $99, respectively.
The Custom-Fit program is priced at $100 for each Etymotic earphone set and seals the ear nearly perfectly. Users need to schedule an appointment to get an impression of their ears taken, which takes about 25 minutes. The earmold impressions are then sent to ACS Custom, and the earmolds take two to three weeks to create. The program will kick off on July 1.