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Etymotic Starts Custom Fit Earphone Line

Gordon Kelly


Etymotic Launches First Custom Fit Earphone Line

If there is one thing I am prepared to lecture/rant/bore anyone about it is Apple earphones. So let's get this out the way: they're awful and potentially dangerous and in an ideal world we should all have these...

Custom fit earphones are the holy grail of sound isolation, comfort and - since you don't need to blast the volume to make up for all that bled audio - safety, but their costs could hit the £1k mark, until now. In a partnership with bespoke audio experts ACS (Advanced Communication Solutions), the friendly chaps at Etymotic have launched the first personalised earphone programme for iPod and iPhone users and boy, judging by what I see on the tube every day, do you lot need it!

The union sees users able to purchase Etymotic's top notch hf2 earphones (for my money still the best dedicated iPhone buds out there) with a custom fit voucher redeemable at any one of 300 approved ear impression outlets. From here owners simply require a 15 minute appointment and within a few weeks your very own moulded silicon buds will be in your possession.

"People are listening to their iPhones and iPods more often and for longer periods of time," said Etymotic worldwide director of consumer products sales, Michael Shaver. "Active users such as athletes and business travellers have extended needs. Most Etymotic customers can achieve a comfortable fit with the array of ear tips we include with our products, but the hf2 custom•fit delivers the same level of comfort that performing musicians require during live performances."

The 'Etymotic hf2 Custom Fit' range goes on sale from 28 April in black, red and blue finishes and will also be available from Apple stores both online and on the high street. The price? Here's the killer: the custom fit voucher costs just £90 to redeem while the hf2s themselves retain their £99 RRP.

So if I see any one of you out there still wearing those infuriating white Apple earphones come May there'll be hell to pay...

Update: Existing hf2 owners should know the custom moulds are compatible with your earphones so Etymotic recommends you contact ACS directly if you'd like to get your own bespoke buds.


Etymotic hf2 Product Page


Geoff Richards

April 24, 2009, 7:40 pm

I'm not sure what the competition is (maybe just better-fitting tips on regular canalphones?) but I do find myself strangely tempted... I'm getting a bit sick of my Senne's falling out, and these would be great for long-haul flights too... hmm :)


April 24, 2009, 8:18 pm

I own the hf2 as well as the new Phonak Audeo and the Westone UM1, after 3 months of extensive testings on my iPod, I concluded that the hf2s with black foam tips were the best ones for me on pop/rock music. If you prefer jazz classic, Audeo are better.

Now hf2 with custom made tips sounds even better because I must admit that the black eartips are excellent noise repellant but they are not as soft as the Comply one that come with the audeo or the Westones...

Hopefully I can retrofit these custom tips ... (and hope they are soft silicone as well!!)


April 24, 2009, 8:20 pm

@vincent - just followed this up with Etymotic and yes you can! Article updated.


April 24, 2009, 8:26 pm

Thanks, well this got me thinking actually..

&#16390 ain't cheap for silicone eartips.

Any lab could make these eartips as long as they have the earphones and drill the right hole..

&#16350-60 seems more realistic I think.


April 25, 2009, 12:41 am

&#163189 - I think I'll stick with cans!

I'll be getting some lovely Motorola HT820 ones (A2DP) off eBay to replace the ones I broke. The best bit? &#16325!


April 25, 2009, 2:45 pm

&#16390.00 seems a bit steep just to make them fit. I use custom fitted ear plugs at work, they come from Germany and only cost about &#16370.00 and they have some technolgy in them so that I can hear people talking but the loud noises go away. I use some Shure 210 sound islolating phones they work just great.


April 25, 2009, 5:56 pm

ACS will also do custom moulds for many other types of headphone, not just etymoyic.

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