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Etymotic Research, Inc. Wins CNET Editors' Choice Award

SAN FRANCISCO, CA. April 9, 2004 -- Etymotic Research, Inc. ( today announced that it received a CNET Editors' Choice award for its ER-6 Isolator Earphones. The coveted CNET Editors' Choice award recognizes outstanding personal audio products that represent the best available choice for quality, performance, design, and service, and its logo is a mark of excellence denoting the best possible investment for technology buyers.

CNET Editors' Choice winners are recognized as top products in their respective technology categories, and contribute to the standard by which all future products are judged. A key selection requirement is the difference it makes in the lives of its users, whether through innovative features, exceptional value for the price, remarkable ease of use, or a demonstrable boost to users' productivity.

Etymotic Research is the industry pioneer of in-the-ear eaphones, beginning with the ER-4 MicroPro reference-quality earphones developed more than a decade ago. The ER-6 Isolator Earphones are a low-cost version of the ER-4s and have the same frequency response accuracy of the ER-4S to satisfy the audiophile. Noise isolation is an astounding 35dB which is higher than all other passive and active noise-canceling earphones except Etymotic's ER-4.

The company is honored to receive this Editors' Choice award from CNET. This award has become the hallmark of technology quality and innovation, and its logo is a symbol consumers know and trust. It is an exceptional achievement and Etymotic Research is proud to be recognized for their dedication and commitment to producing the highest quality products available today.

About Etymotic Research, Inc.
Etymotic is an ancient Greek word meaning "true to the ear." Etymotic Research Inc. designs and manufactures products that measure, improve and protect hearing. Etymotic Research is the world's leader in high fidelity sound reproduction through insert earphones. The company was founded by Mead Killion, Ph.D., who holds 47 U.S. patents covering microphones, directional microphones, earphones, high-fidelity earplugs, hearing aids, electronic damping, infant hearing screeners, audiometry, auditory brainstem response instrumentation, and reduction of hearing aid interference from cell phones.

In 1987, Etymotic Research received a government grant for a Killion invention: the K-AMP integrated circuit. This high-fidelity hearing aid amplifier has been used in more than 3 million hearing aids worldwide. The same approach to high fidelity sound reproduction is used in ER's family of insert earphones. To help repay the benefits received from this grant, Etymotic provides financial assistance to graduate students, researchers and practicing clinicians engaged in research to improve hearing.

Professional musicians, athletes, researchers, hearing professionals and ordinary consumers use the company's patented audio technology and range of earphones, microphones, hearing aids, high-fidelity earplugs, and hearing test and measurement devices. The first to introduce high-fidelity in-the-ear (insert) earphone technology in 1984, Etymotic Research remains the leader in manufacturing earphones that produce sound as close as possible to the sound of a live performance. Etymotic Research has its headquarters in Elk Grove, Ill. For more information, please visit

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