Product: High-fidelity Earphones & Headsets
In Their Words:
Etymotic Research, Inc. is an engineering-driven research, development and manufacturing company. The name “Etymotic” (pronounced “et-im-oh-tik.”) means “true to the ear.” Mead Killion, Ph.D. founded Etymotic Research in 1983 to design products that accurately assess hearing, improve the lives of those with hearing loss, protect hearing, and enhance the listening experience of musicians and music lovers everywhere.
With deep roots in acoustic research and the hearing aid industry, Etymotic invented insert earphones in 1984. Etymotic’s original earphone design used balanced armature receivers, which established these speakers as the gold standard for high definition in-ear earphones. The first versions were used for diagnostic testing and precision auditory research (ER-1, 2, 3). Etymotic produced the first noise-isolating high-fidelity in-ear earphone, the ER-4 (1991), which became the basis of all subsequent in-ear earphones and in-ear monitors worldwide, and created an entire category of consumer electronics. The ER-4 earphones are still produced and channel-balanced to within 1 dB in Etymotic’s labs in the US. Innovation, education and hearing conservation are central to Etymotic’s mission.
Etymotic’s products are used by scientists, hearing practitioners, hearing-impaired consumers, professional and amateur musicians, and others who insist on superior sound quality. Audio engineers, audiologists and musicians working together have generated over 100 patents issued and pending. A number of Etymotic’s 60 employees are accomplished musicians. Etymotic Research is located in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.
I spend a lot of time on my laptop either for work, writing for the blog, watching movies, or playing games. About 70% of that time I am using headphones it’s because I don’t want to bother other people in the house with what I am listening to. I have gone through a lot of both cheap and expensive headphones because I can never find a pair I like or they fall part or stop working.
I was sent the mc5 headphones for review. I liked that they came with different kinds of eartip options so you can find the best to fit with your ears. I ended up using the standard tips but I am still switching around to make sure those are the best ones. You can even get custom fit ear molds, which I am thinking of getting myself.
Sometimes when I use headphones its because other family members are watching TV in the same room I am in. When I started using these headphones I loved that I could barely hear the TV even if I was sitting a few feet from it. Plus I didn’t need to turn the volume on my computer up super loud like I did with other headphones when I did this. I feel like I’m in my own little world when I wear these!