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Etymotic to unveil Ety8 wireless earphones


Etymotic has unveiled a new set of iPod-compatible wireless earphones. As noted in the iLounge 2007 iPod Buyers’ Guide, the Etymotic Ety8 earphones “combine the styling of the ER-4 series in-canal earbuds with two lightweight boxes containing wireless Bluetooth components and a 6-9 hour battery.” The iPod connection is handled through a bottom-mounting transmitter. Several silicone rubber and foam ear flanges are included, as are extra filters, a cleaning tool, and a leather carrying case. The Etymotic Ety8 earphones are expected to be available in late December for $299 with an iPod adapter or $199 without. Be sure to check out our 2007 iPod Buyers’ Guide for more unreleased iPod gear.


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So…so…so ugly.

Posted by stark23x on November 1, 2006 at 5:33 PM (CST)


i disagree…i like the looks.

Posted by mrmojorisingi on November 1, 2006 at 6:09 PM (CST)


No, stark23x is right.

Posted by PushButtonAction on November 1, 2006 at 6:12 PM (CST)


Well, that settles it, then.  Thank you, PushButtonAction, for sorting us out… we were uneasy about the wildly differing opinions on this topic.

Posted by atreyu on November 1, 2006 at 6:16 PM (CST)


I like how these wireless headphones are CONNECTED BY A WIRE!

Posted by stonefry on November 1, 2006 at 6:39 PM (CST)


The thing is butt ugly!

Posted by tycol25 on November 1, 2006 at 6:51 PM (CST)


Please tell me the squares do not go in your ears? They’re huge!

Posted by Archie on November 1, 2006 at 7:11 PM (CST)


that’s gonna look weird eh.  people gonna see you wearing two black boxes connected together by a wire but you don’t see it connecting a mp3 player.  people are going to think you are psycho.  heh.

Posted by seannie on November 1, 2006 at 9:41 PM (CST)


Ridiculous design.  Quite ugly little things aren’t they.

Posted by LilAlienD on November 1, 2006 at 10:29 PM (CST)


there is a wire connecting the two, so you don’t lose one or the other.

and they look much less ridiculous than some of the headphones I see people wearing around the streets and on the train.

Posted by powerbook 17 and 12 on November 2, 2006 at 12:27 AM (CST)


it would be awesome if they make wireless ipod headphones

Posted by sdftjsgnmx on November 2, 2006 at 12:46 AM (CST)


I wish i can buy that adapter only.

Posted by calmdownplz on November 2, 2006 at 1:24 AM (CST)


Score one for long hair freaky people like me…who cares HOW they look if they actually sound good, especially if we’re fortunate enough to have the hairy growth to cover the BU things up. :)

Of course they’re Etys, and based upon ER-4 technology to boot, so that must mean there’s still nary a shot of meaningful LOW END that’s worth a damn.

Posted by flatline response on November 2, 2006 at 2:26 AM (CST)


So the battery life is half that of the iPod.  Kinda sucks if its rechargeable and you have to stop listening in order to recharge.  For a train commuter that could mean 2-3 recharges a week, which is gonna kill a Li-Ion in about a year.

Even if it took button cells, those things are expensive.

Posted by dopial on November 2, 2006 at 11:51 AM (CST)


Anybody else notice that these still aren’t shown on the Etymotic website?

Posted by Russ on November 2, 2006 at 12:32 PM (CST)


While I can’t figure out why no one thought “big square boxes may not be the best choice of shape for these things”, I like the way this is heading.  Maybe in a few years we’ll have truly wireless in-canal-phones that are only slightly larger than the current wired in-canal-phones.  At least someone is working on the problem, though I’m honestly not sure how this thing got out of the drawing room in its current incarnation.

Posted by brett on November 2, 2006 at 12:57 PM (CST)


Great idea!  I have been waiting for wireless in-ear style headphones, however, the execution is wrong.  Why not have a wireless in-ear headphone with a short wire to a clip-on receiver that can attach to your shirt collar instead of having these square box thingies hanging out of your ear?

Posted by Obadiah on November 2, 2006 at 1:24 PM (CST)


I agree with brett…...the direction this is heading is great, but as evidenced by these, we are not quite there yet.  This is a technology that needs more development before it reaches the stage where it is sufficiently operable and pleasing to look at. Until then I will stick with wires and I hate wires.

Posted by SouthernGothic on November 2, 2006 at 2:13 PM (CST)


come back and try again in a couple of years guys.

lose the box and leave just the ear spuds, make it last as long as my ipod and i will want some. 

wires are going to be around a little while longer…

Posted by wes on November 2, 2006 at 4:48 PM (CST)


it seems like it’s going to be ages before any decent wireless headphones come out, but what bothers me more is that no matter how long the wait is, it’s going to be twice that time before affordable ones come out. you can call me cheap but this is such a great and convenient concept, but i’m not really into paying hundreds for earphones. i like my buds under $100. therefore, i can deal with cords.

all i’m really saying is, “I wish I could afford something so cool.”

that is… once they stop being so ugly and… *ahem* BOXY

Posted by Papa Hobo on November 2, 2006 at 6:32 PM (CST)

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