Etymotic announces 6i Isolator earphones now available in black to match new Apple iPods

Etymotic Research, Inc. announced today that its 6i Isolator earphones are now available in black, in addition to the original white. The 6i earphones are designed specifically for use with the Apple iPod and other small portable players, providing greater sound output and enhanced bass. The 6i earphones recently received the award for Best Headphones of 2005 by iLounge:

Industry analysts expect that by the end of 2005, more than 37 million iPods will have shipped, with black being an increasingly popular color choice. With the explosive popularity of digital music players, there is also a growing interest in matching accessories as well as earbuds that can deliver the ultimate sound experience. Etymotic has long been the leader in high
fidelity earphones.

“The mildly enhanced bass and greater output of these earphones retains the high frequency response accuracy that Etymotic is known for, said Mead Killion, Ph.D., founder and president of Etymotic Research, Inc. in the press release. “The 25-band accuracy score of these earphones still exceeds 80%, which is higher than any earphones not made by Etymotic.”

In January 2005, MacDailyNews’ SteveJack said of the 6i’s, “After the first 30 seconds of listening to the ER6i’s my first words were, ‘wow, wow, and wow!’ The 6i earphones are all about clarity and definition, featuring crisp, clean, accurate reproduction of sound. You will hear things within the music that you simply cannot hear with Apple’s earphones. And, in June 2005, SteveJack’s follow-up review stated, “After eight months of use now, I can report they sound absolutely amazing… the bass is there, but it’s there in the correct amounts, as the artist intended… The ER-6i earphones don’t need [EQ] help, you just have to acclimate your ears a bit. Apple’s earphones, while pretty good, tend to overemphasize the bass and introduce a muddy tone throughout… Within a week, I’d adjusted to the flatter, truer frequency response of the ER-6i earphones and I can no longer bear to listen to the Apple iPod earphones. My only wish is that I had the ER-6i’s earlier.”

When awarding the 6i with the iLounge award for Best Headphones of 2005, Jeremy Horowitz, editor-in-chief of iLounge, commented, “These headphones have all four of the key factors we look at when testing headphones: detail, balance, comfort, and value. Though many excellent headphones have been released this year, and we were tempted to make this award to a more expensive product, the fact is that 6i’s $149 price makes it affordable for everyone, and its performance benefits over standard earbuds are very considerable.”

Etymotic Research created the technology for in-the-ear earphones. 6i Isolator earphones can be purchased from the company’s website, through authorized Etymotic dealers and in Apple stores and other retail locations worldwide.

Features of the 6i Isolator Earphones include:
• Highly accurate music reproduction with greater sound output and enhanced bass
• Exceptional noise isolation
• In-the-ear secure fit for optimal performance

Etymotic Research is a Chicago-based research, development and manufacturing company that designs products to measure, improve, and protect hearing. For over two decades, Etymotic Research has been the world leader in high fidelity noise-isolating in-the-ear earphones. Etymotic products are used by musicians and others who insist on superior sound quality. Etymotic means “true to the ear.”

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Related article:
Review: Etymotic Research ER-6i Isolator earphones – June 01, 2005


  1. I still think this news pales in comparison to the fact that we can now download episodes of KNIGHT RIDER in iTunes. Frigging KNIGHT RIDER!! By far the acting pinnacle of David Hasselhoff’s career, a special effects action extravaganza that made Star Wars look like the Muppet Show. Knight Rider, I salute thee!!!

  2. I own the more expensive pair, the 4p’s or whatever they are…anyway, these newer, cheaper 6i’s are supposed to be even more accurate then the ones I have. I got mine off of headroom cheeaper than directly from etymotic. they are for people who want to listen to the music and hear everything. i haven’t listened to the earphones that came with the ipod originally, but i can say that these things rock…much like Knight Rider. doing my best gay voice, “oh michael!”
    – john

  3. I have used the ER-6i for one year. They sound great and feel comfortable once you get used to fitting them inside your ear. Noise isolation is very good with these. They are very fragile so you must be over-cautious with them and even then, expect to have them repaired at least once; get the one year warranty soon after receiving them. The flanges and filters must be a few times every year so the cost of ownership is on-going. Being so good at reproducing sound, the ER-6i are not the best choice for listening to podcasts; these shows are always over-compressed and these headphones let you know it. Finally, Etymotic have excellent customer service so they come highly recommended.

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