Overall they have become a favorite, especially for flights where weight restrictions and security checks are becoming increasingly strict.

Overall Impression We tested these nifty little in-ear speakers for daily use as well as on domestic and international flights. They reduced ambient noise, making it more comfortable to hear music and audio recordings on an MP3 player and keeping airplane noises out. It was amazing how well they worked and how comfortable they felt. We could wear them for hours without tiring.

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.

Box Contained One pair of StudioPhonic HEAROS TM In-Ear Spakers, 5-foot cable, 3.5 mm stereo plug, 2 replacement In-Ear speaker filters, short clip, filter changing tool, two replacement 20 dB noise reducing ear tips, two foam 20dB noise reducing ear tips, carrying case, and instruction card.

Colors Black

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

Features Noise reduction between 15 and 20 dB; frequency response 20 Hz to 16 kHz; tolerance +/- 3dB to 6 kHz, +/-6 to 16kHz; dynamic transducer; impedance of 48 ohms; maximum outpost of 120 dB SPL

Other Although we were able to get them to fit, the manufacturer stresses the importance of inserting and sealing the speakers and noise reducing tips in the user’s ear canals. Every so often it is necessary to replace (they cannot be cleaned) the filters to maintain the noise reduction quality. According to the instructions this can be done by the user. Two sets of replacement filters and a replacement tool were included with our in-ear speakers for this purpose.

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.”

Cleaning The silicone ear tips can be rinsed with water and mild soap

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

Contact Information

  • Address:
    • Etymotic Research
    • 61 Martin Lane
    • Elk Grove Village, IL 6007
  • Phone:
    • +1 847 228 0006
  • Fax:
    • +1 818-501-2786
  • Website:
    • http://www.studiophonic.com/
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