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Etymotic ER23-HF3-BLACK HF3 In-Ear Headset with 3-Button Remote Control for iPod, iPhone, iPad (Black)

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  • Made for Apple iPod, iPhone and iPad functionality
  • Close-proximity high sensitivity microphone. Achieves highest output sensitivity in its class with 105 dB SPL sensitivity at 1 kHz at 0.1 mV. 85%+ response accuracy from 20 Hz - 15 kHz.
  • AccuDriver(TM) high performance, precision matched, balanced armature drivers. ACCUFilter(TM) User-replaceable filters that protect the balanced armature drivers.
  • Includes an assortment of noise-isolating ACCUFit eartip options to ensure proper seal and comfort. CUSTOMFIT option available 3-button remote offers great functional control capabilities
  • Hf3 headset for iPod, iPhone, and iPad users, backward compatible with Apple's older mobile digital devices
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Product Description

The hf3 is the next generation of the multi-award-winning hf2 headset. The hf3 headset adds a 3-button remote control to a Made-for-iPod/Made for iPhone/Made for iPad version of the hf2 while maintaining all the design features, exceptional noise isolation and audio clarity of the hf2. The hf3 is designed to work with iPhone, iPad and all current iPod models. The main difference between the hf2 and hf3 is the added benefit of volume control. The hf3 features a 3-button remote control pod with a close-in proximity in-line microphone that makes it easy for iPhone users to pause music to engage in phone conversations, and for iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad users to adjust volume and navigate through music tracks while in motion or on the go. ACCU-Fit features provide best-in-class fit and comfort, with four noise-isolating eartips included and a small form factor for easy insertion into ears of all sizes. The hf3's attractive, sub-$200 price level puts it within reach of consumers who care about sound quality, and its choice of three soft-touch colors add a dash of style.

From the Manufacturer

A no compromise, high-performance noise-isolating headset + earphones that delivers best-in-class benefits and superior value, perfectly matched to the latest product innovations from Apple®. AccuDriver technology features a high performance, balanced armature driver specified for a response accuracy of 85% or better.

HF3 Colors

The HF3 comes in 3 different colors: Black, Ruby and Cobalt.

Best sound accuracy

  • 85%+ response accuracy from 20 Hz – 15 kHz
  • Achieves highest output sensitivity in its class with 105 dB SPL sensitivity at 1 kHz at 0.1 mV
  • Accu•Driver™ high performance, precision matched, balanced armature driver

Best noise isolation

  • 35 dB - 42 dB of noise isolation
  • An assortment of noise-isolating ACCU•Fit™ eartip options provide proper sealing of the ear canal

Best communication and control

  • Close-proximity high sensitivity microphone
  • Made for Apple iPod®, iPhone® and iPad™ functionality

Best style and fit

  • Soft touch finish in 3 color options: Black, Ruby and Cobalt
  • An assortment of noise-isolating ACCU•Fit eartips options to ensure proper seal and comfort
  • CUSTOM•FIT option available

Etymotic MC3

HF3 accessories include HF3 earphones, zipper storage pouch, shirt clip, an assortment of eartips, filter removal tool and extra filters

Best durability and warranty

  • 2-year replacement warranty
  • Kevlar®-reinforced cable for durability
  • ACCU•Filter™ User-replaceable filters that protect the balanced armature driver from ear wax

Made For
iPod touch (2nd and 3rd generation), iPod classic, iPod nano (4th and 5th generation), iPod shuffle (3rd generation), iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, iPad

* The remote and mic are supported only by iPod nano (4th and 5th generation), iPod classic (120GB, 160GB only), iPod touch (2nd and 3rd generation), iPhone 3GS, and iPad. The remote is supported by iPod shuffle (3rd generation). Audio is supported by all iPod models. Requires latest iPod software.

Selecting an Eartip
The eartip that is most comfortable is the likely choice, but it MUST SEAL well in your ear. If you can easily hear others when the volume is off, you don’t have a good seal. Twist it in deeper, or choose another eartip.

When changing eartips make sure the eartip fits securely on the stem of the earphone.

Proper Insertion
Important: Sound quality, full bass response and noise isolation all depend on a good eartip seal in the ear canal. View Earphone Insertion Video

  • Carefully insert the earphone while pulling up and out on the back of the ear.
  • Twist the earphone up into the ear canal while inserting, until outside noise is blocked out.
  • 3-flange eartip: Moistening eases insertion.
  • Foam eartip: Roll down or compress foam eartip before inserting. Hold the eartip in place for about 5 seconds while the foam expands to create a tight seal in the ear canal.
  • Glider eartip: Simply push into ear canal.

Product Details

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  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 2 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B003YTROIU
  • Item model number: ER23-HF3-BLACK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (287 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 12, 2010
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99 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Method2Madness VINE VOICE on September 19, 2010
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I am somewhat of a headphone/earphone junkie. I'm always getting new 'phones, in search of "perfection" and although I can't say I have found personal perfection with the HF3s, they are close.

Before I start on the meat and potatoes of this review, I want to make a statement. A disclaimer, if you will. Sound quality is HIGHLY subjective and what sounds great to one listener, may sound like trash to another. It never ceases to amaze me how different it can be. Now, moving on.

PROS
-Sound Quality and Accuracy: These little guys are incredibly detailed and precise, if a bit bright. I am noticing things in my music that I never noticed with my previous earphones (SuperFi 4s, MetroFi 220s, Klipsch S2s, Klipsch S4s, V-Moda Bass Freqs, Multiple Sony EX series, V-Moda Phazes, Phillips SHE9700s, etc., etc., etc.). In fact, on the few songs I have encoded in a lower bitrate (128kbps), it clearly brings out the compression artifact so much that I have since deleted them off my iPod/MP3 player and found higher bitrate replacements.

-Build Quality: Build quality seems to be top notch. There's not much to note in this area, as you either have a solid piece of gear or you don't. These feel as if they will give you years of enjoyment. The cord is of high quality and restrains microphonics (Noise introduced into the ear canal by bumping or moving the cord) nicely. The buds themselves are solid plastic and have sort of a rough texture to them, making them easy to hold and insert/remove.

-Mic Quality: These are effectively the same 'phones as the hf5, but with a mic and iPod control (And are also the same as an hf2, but with a better mic and iPod control). I find the mic to be top quality and use it daily via Skype on my iTouch Second gen with compliments on my clarity.
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50 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Rudd Z on March 6, 2012
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I have owned 3 pairs of Etymotic headphones with the iPhone remote controls over the past 3 years. The first pair, an Etymotic HF2 headset, worked great (wonderful sound) for a year. Then the connections in the splitter part (where it goes from one wire to two) frayed, and it lost sound in one ear. So, I bought another pair of HF2s, since the HF3s were not yet available. Those also lasted almost exactly 1 year.

By that time, the HF3s were available, so I bought those. I was a little afraid of buying another pair of Etymotics, since the first two had only lasted one year, but I liked how they felt and sounded so much, that I decided to give a different model a chance. I bought those in August 2011, and last month, only half a year later, the same problem occurred: sound stopped flowing reliably to the left ear.

Since then I've been playing with the cord to make it work for a few minutes at a time, until my movement knocks the connection loose again. Unfortunately, I don't think I'll be buying another pair of Etymotics, because I just can no longer trust their build quality, despite the good sound engineering.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A. Cox on May 18, 2011
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I've been using in-the-ear phones since the first generation iPod. I have owned amongst others; Shure SE2, SE3, SE4, Sennheiser MM50, IE6, Etymotic ER6, ER4, MC3, hf2 and hf3, I also own some standard headphones including the Grado SR80, Sennheiser PX100, HD280 and HD600. I listen to Classical - Solo Piano and Chamber, Opera and Symphonic, Rock, Jazz, Funk, pretty much everything.

I started with the Etymotic ER6, initially blanching at the price of the ER4s!. Then I purchased the ER4s, they are my favorites in-the-ears, time and time I would go back to them having tried others, the neutrality, detail and balance (some say coldness) winning out over inaccuracy, muddle, excess and flab (some say warmth): ok I exaggerate a tad; the Shure SE4's are warmer (but imho feel less accurate) and are certainly not flabby!

Then Etymotic started producing the hf series, presumably cheaper to make than the ER4's, sitting between the ER6s and the ER4s, the discounting on the ER4's disappeared and they went up to their original $299 :0(

I had previous tried the hf2s which I used when I purchased an iPhone 2G, and they were pretty good, but I still went back to the ER4s even without the controls. About 3 months ago I bought the hf3s and though good I was initially disappointed with them when compared to the ER4's, however after about a month I noticed that they opened up and the sound (especially the bass, though still not flabby) improved considerably and detail also improved.

If you cannot get a good in-the-ear fit they will sound anemic and crappy, if you can, you will get superb detailed sound and terrific sound isolation, allowing listening at reasonable levels without disturbing others. After a while you do not notice the cable microphony (that much).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jon Cohen on December 21, 2010
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Having owned a pair of Ultimate Ears for the iPhone (with inline mic) - which were supposed to be THE definitive headphones at the time - I can honestly say the Etymotics are way superior in almost every respect. Firstly, build quality: no comparison. The Etymotics have a molded, reinforced bend right behind the mini jack, which not only allows them to fit snugly into my iPhone 4 (with a pretty sturdy case around it), I can put the phone into the front pocket of my jeans and never wear the connection down. The Ultimate Ears lasted just over 3 months and they were done. Audio quality: Etymotics again take the prize. Far better treble AND bass response. Noise canceling on the Etymotics is also far better. And while some people may complain that they don't have that migraine inducing BOOM, they sound natural - frequencies well-balanced and probably without peer, in this price range. Comfort: top marks again. The Etymotics come with four different sets of earpieces, which should work perfectly for at least 90% of the humans on this planet. And if you're still not happy, Etymotics will take the mold from your friendly neighborhood audiologist and make you a custom set of earpieces (admittedly at a pretty hefty price). Audio quality on calls: great for incoming BUT, as some reviewers have stated, your outgoing voice signal does seem to be a little softer than optimal. But this is genuinely an extremely minor gripe with what are essentially the best set of 'phones I've owned. And I'm an incredibly picky audiophile. Unless you want to spend another $100-$200, you can't beat the Etymotics.
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