In contrast to other noise reduction headsets we’ve tried these were light weight and small, especially convenient for travel. In addition to the weight differential, these speakers required no batteries. Thanks to the tiny size and wee weight they could be stored easily for travel, in the small pouch they came with, and retrieved quickly. The only improvement we would make would be to find a way for the wires to remain untangled.
Part of the effectiveness of these speakers, in contrast with regular ear buds and full sized noise reduction headsets, stemmed from creating a proper seal in the ear canal with the silicone ear buds. It took some practice to insert and remove them but overall the effect was noticeable. We tried the foam ear buds without much success. Overall they have become a favorite, especially for flights where weight restrictions and security checks are becoming increasingly strict.
Made In China
Manufacturer-Distributor Made for DAP World, Inc. by Etymotic Research
Retail Price $200
Sizes Only one size
Type Of Product Noise reduction ear phones
Warranty 90 days
Weight 12 grams
There were double dome silicone and round foam ear tips to choose from. There is a right and left speaker clearly marked with an “R” and “L.”
Countries Where Tested U.S., France and Germany
Date Of Review September 2006
Number Of Days Tested A combined total of four weeks over time
Would You Use This Product Again? Yes