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Etymotic hF2 Custom Fit Earphones

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The boy 4rm oz 24th April 2009, 14:55 Quote
Now that's what I call customer care
Fisher. 24th April 2009, 15:02 Quote
I got all excited until I saw that it was a UK map:(

You guys get all the fun stuff first...
The boy 4rm oz 24th April 2009, 15:12 Quote
Just you wait, we will get it in Australia........in 2 years time :(.
Sifter3000 24th April 2009, 15:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by Fisher.
I got all excited until I saw that it was a UK map:(

You guys get all the fun stuff first...

You can get them in the US too - it's just we're UK based so we tend to go with that in the copy of reviews.
proxess 24th April 2009, 15:48 Quote
My ears are kind of one size fits all. Any earphone works as long as they are not super horrible cheap stuff But if this blocks out foreign noises, the better it is for me.
whisperwolf 24th April 2009, 15:53 Quote
I don't think I could actually get these, the idea of someone squirting silicone in my ear freaks me the hell out.
Hustler 24th April 2009, 15:58 Quote
Lol....looks like someone spat a bubbly into your ear......
perplekks45 24th April 2009, 16:02 Quote
No, still don't like in-ear earphones. Not even custom made ones.
Burnout21 24th April 2009, 16:05 Quote
they sound like an awesome product, do they keep your custom molding incase you need to order up some replacement tips?

I have recently been do alot of silicon and PU molding, might try it in a DIY method, as you can get skin safe silicone. hmmmmmmmmmm, got me thinking now!
Tim S 24th April 2009, 16:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by Burnout21
they sound like an awesome product, do they keep your custom molding incase you need to order up some replacement tips?

I have recently been do alot of silicon and PU molding, might try it in a DIY method, as you can get skin safe silicone. hmmmmmmmmmm, got me thinking now!

As far as I know, they're kept on the system and, from what I understand, they're a not far away from being able to take impressions without the silicone.. maybe a year or so.
iggy 24th April 2009, 16:11 Quote
why is there only 1 paragraph devoted to how these actually sound? surely the most important bit has been almost entirely forgotten about???
Tim S 24th April 2009, 16:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by iggy2k
why is there only 1 paragraph devoted to how these actually sound? surely the most important bit has been almost entirely forgotten about???

They sound as good as the original hF2s, which we covered extensively in the iPhone headphone roundup linked on the first page. The difference is that these block out more noise and are many times more comfortable.
Fisher. 24th April 2009, 16:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by Sifter3000
You can get them in the US too - it's just we're UK based so we tend to go with that in the copy of reviews.

The map here is what I was referring to. I mean, I'm sure I can find someone to do it either way, but now I have to do the work:'(
quack 24th April 2009, 17:29 Quote
Want. Now.
Cupboard 24th April 2009, 17:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tim S
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Originally Posted by Burnout21
they sound like an awesome product, do they keep your custom molding incase you need to order up some replacement tips?

I have recently been do alot of silicon and PU molding, might try it in a DIY method, as you can get skin safe silicone. hmmmmmmmmmm, got me thinking now!
As far as I know, they're kept on the system and, from what I understand, they're a not far away from being able to take impressions without the silicone.. maybe a year or so.

According to their website
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To aid easy replacement of lost items or alternative products without the need for new impressions we offer our ‘Gel Service’. We hold permanent imprints on file for 4 years – ideal for professional musicians on tour.

By the sounds of things they have the tips for ER6is too, I just can't find whether they will sell me some without some more earphones.
Ending Credits 24th April 2009, 17:46 Quote
The technology's not exactly new. It's exactly the same process I go through to get new moulds for my hearing aids.
Tim S 24th April 2009, 17:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cupboard
By the sounds of things they have the tips for ER6is too, I just can't find whether they will sell me some without some more earphones.

They will... you'll need to contact ACS directly though :)
Tim S 24th April 2009, 17:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by Ending Credits
The technology's not exactly new. It's exactly the same process I go through to get new moulds for my hearing aids.

Nope, it's not new, but it is for earphones :)
Cupboard 24th April 2009, 17:56 Quote
^^you can get the vouchers by themselves, it just tool me a little whole to find them :)
http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/custom-earphone-sleeves-for-standard-earphones-prodid-579.html

You can buy them separately and they fit a few different ear phones.
Bindibadgi 24th April 2009, 18:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by Ending Credits
It's exactly the same process I go through to get new moulds for my hearing aids.

Yea but they are marketing it more to the general public now :)

My only concern with using them everytime is blowing my eardrums out so I keep the volume lower than usual :o
Htr-Labs 24th April 2009, 18:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by perplekks45
No, still don't like in-ear earphones. Not even custom made ones.

LOL way to be open-minded there perplekks45. Here comes a another short-story for you. I didn't have the guts to buy a pair until I got an iPhone and my Cowon S9, however I have the ER4P and they are wonderful. Unlike the bulky ear-buds that put pressure on the tissue of your ear, these conform to your ear, rather than trying to make your ear conform to it. Very comfortable. The only thing I don't like is the inevitable; you have to pull them out and when they create a vacuum seal it feels like it's going to suck your brains right outta your ear. Freaks me the hell out.
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I don't think I could actually get these, the idea of someone squirting silicone in my ear freaks me the hell out.

Agreed...however I've had custom impressions made before. Totally feels like someone is dripping lube in your ear, very arousing for some, but still freaks me the hell out. There is not THAT much of a difference in the overall quality of the sound versus the supplied tips. With a driver that close to your ear drum it literally has no room for discrepancy all, making this a somewhat useless ploy for so-called "better sound". Comfort and a better seal more than anything but not sound-quality. I did a research project on this, believe me, any Ear specialist will tell you the exact same thing. I'm not saying don't buy into this, just not if you listen only 30 minutes at a time or less. For those of you who love to listen for hours on end (damage imminent) it will definitely change the way you feel the foreign object in your ear but that's about it. Additionally we've already reviewed that this will not make much of a difference if your source is crap. Overall the headphones will do anything you want in a very broad frequency range, but the source is the limiting factor, not the headphones. Look here for the previous article on iPhone replacement headphones.

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Peace
Htr-Labs 24th April 2009, 18:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
Yea but they are marketing it more to the general public now :)

My only concern with using them everytime is blowing my eardrums out so I keep the volume lower than usual :o

lol....the human ear-drum can take a pretty good thrashing. It's actually better to train your ears moderately for about 10-20 minutes a few times a week than to not listen to anything loud at all. This is to prevent Tinnitus from hearing something extremely loud at a certain point and for general ear health. Will stimulate your ear and allow the ear-wax to flow better this relieving your ear from potential build-up. Hearing begins to degrade around the tender age of 22, from there on we all just a bunch of deaf morons. My suggestion for you bro....not more than 110 dB at any time.

Check these out....great for Rock concerts and the like. (raves - umph tse umph tse )

Peace
Skiddywinks 24th April 2009, 18:22 Quote
Wait wait wait;

£180 total? For earphones?
Sifter3000 24th April 2009, 18:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by Skiddywinks
Wait wait wait;

£180 total? For earphones?

....cue someone linking up some £400 Grados :p....
Ending Credits 24th April 2009, 18:30 Quote
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Yea but they are marketing it more to the general public now

Yeah but I get the feeling the price is a bit extortionate for something that's effectively just making a pastic mould but I guess the NHS will be able to do this kind of stuff much more cheaply.

EDIT: I'm also suprised that no-one's done this before.
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