Etymotic Research ER22 ETYCOM Earphones
Etymotic Research is a company that has expertise in electroacoustics and hearing science. Basically they develop hearing products that include everything from hearing-aid chips to hearing protection devices. Their earphones designs are used in audiology clinics, research laboratories, recording studios, live performances and by many consumers who want high quality audio for their portable music players. Etymotic Research has recently introduced the ETYCOM Headset designed specifically for cell phone use. Like other in-ear products we have seen, the ETYCOM earphone is held in place primarily with the eartip that is placed into the ear canal. The advantage of this design is the in-ear transducer also works as an earplug that greatly reduces background noise. Since the headset is only placed in one ear, the other ear is completely free to hear normal sound levels. Priced at $69, the ETYCOM Headset is not cheap, but then neither is its performance.
The ETYCOM Earphones include a convenient carrying pouch along with an assorted selection of eartips. Velcro keeps the carrying case flap in place. A filter and filter-changing tool are also included. The filter not only smooths the frequency response when installed, but also acts as a barrier for earwax entering the earphone. Etymotic recommends replacing the filter if sound quality degrades, most likely due to wax clogging the filter. Another good reason to keep your ears clean..
- Kevin Nakano
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