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Etymotic announces iPod control mod, new earphone line

At CES 2010, earphone maker Etymotic announced the new mc-series headphones as well as updated hf-series models with integrated iPhone/iPod controls.


Walking into the North Hall at CES this year might make you wonder if someone had picked up MacWorld and deposited it into the Las Vegas desert. The space was packed end to end with various iPod accessories, complete with iLounge Pavilion. As you might imagine, headphones made up no small part of the audio offerings on display. Among the many companies on display was Etymotic, which was demonstrating its new mc-series headphones.

The sleek new earphones come in a variety of shimmery colors, including a forest green version not shown here. They also include Etymotic's excellent noise-isolating capabilities with a variety of eartips to help with fit. Of course the big news here is the price: the mc5 will sell for just $79, and preliminary listening tests have them comparing favorable to the Editors' Choice-winning headphones. Look for them online within a month or so.

In addition, Etymotic is announcing availability of its hf and mc earphones with an integrated three-button remote and mic for the iPhone and iPod. The hf3 adds an inline remote to the existing hf2, and the mc3 ($99) is the mc5 with remote.