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Etymotic Research ER7-MC3-BLACK MC3 Noise Isolating In-Ear Headset and Earphones for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch (Black)

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  • MC-3 earphone + headset for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch products,User-replaceable ACCU·Filters.
  • Provides a 3-button micro-control pod with mic for easy control, High-output neodymium moving coil drivers.
  • Special driver design allows more compact size for greater in-ear comfort,Noise-Isolating In-Ear Fit
  • Most accurate sounding noise-isolating earphones in this price class. Tight bass and clear treble at all volume levels
  • High degree of noise isolation enables lower-volume listening,Highly Accurate Sound Reproduction
  • High degree of noise isolation enables lower-volume listening, protects hearing
  • MC-3 earphone + headset for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch products
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Etymotic Research ER7-MC3-BLACK MC3 Noise Isolating In-Ear Headset and Earphones for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch (Black) + Etymotic Research ER38-18 3-Flange Replacement Eartips - 10 Pack - Gray + Etymotic Research MC5 Noise Isolating In-Ear Earphones (Black)
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Technical Details

Color: BLACK
  • Microphone-Feature
  • Noise-Cancelling-Feature
  • Noise-Isolating-Feature

Product Details

Color: BLACK
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 2 x 6.5 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003YTPP72
  • Item model number: ER7-MC3-BLACK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 12, 2010

Product Description

Color: BLACK

From the Manufacturer

Etymotic Research set out to create the world’s most accurate noise-isolating headset + earphones under $100 for the cost conscious consumer. The mc3s deliver on this promise and provide consumers with the “Best-in-Class” performance benefits for their money.

Etymotic Research MC5 Diagram

The MC3 features 3 band equalized audio performance for the world’s most accurate noise-isolating earphone. Click here to learn more.

MC Series “Best in Class” Performance Benefits

Best sound accuracy in its class

  • 85%+ response accuracy
  • Tight, accurate bass with crystal clear high-frequency detail at all listening levels

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™ control functionality

Available in 4 different colors
The mc5 Noise Isolating In-Ear earphones are available in black, red, blue, and green.

Etymotic MC3

MC3 accessories include mc3 earphones, zipper storage pouch, shirt clip, an assortment of eartips, filter removal tool and extra filters

MC3 Group ShotBest style and fit

  • High-gloss polished aluminum finish in 4 chromatic color options
  • An assortment of noise-isolating ACCU•Fit eartips options to ensure proper seal and comfort
  • CUSTOM•FIT option available

Best durability and warranty

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

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 Description

Etymotic's mc-3 headset offers best-in-class sound accuracy, noise isolation, fit and comfort and durability. Based on the breakthrough Etymotic ACCU-Technology platform, the MC-Series is the world's most accurate-sounding noise-isolating earphone series in its price class. The patent-pending, highly advanced ACCU-Chamber Acoustic Control Chamber technology modifies standard dynamic earphone drivers to perform at an accuracy response level equal to products costing twice as much. In addition, the MC-Series earphones are designed to be more comfortable for extended wear, and their high degree of noise isolation enables lower-volume listening, to help protect hearing. The mc-3 provides a 3-button micro-control pod with a noise-isolating close-proximity microphone, for easy control and superb call clarity - making it ideal for voice communications, conducting voice recording and iTunres memos as well as listening to music, videos, and other entertainment. The MC-3 earphone and headset, which is forward-compatible with the latest Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod touch products includes Made for ipod, Made for iPhone and Made for iPad certifications.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I'm VERY happy with the quality, the sound is VERY clear, and as I said before the isolation is FANTASTIC.
Robby Denicola
I figured the clip they provided to clip the wire to your shirt collar would remedy the constant pulling on my ears but this thing broke the first time I used it.
I've worked out a way to insert them so that they are comfortable, no part of the nozzle is digging into my ear canal, and I get a seal each time.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By a_recording on September 8, 2010
Color Name: BLACK
Note: This review is based on excerpts from a review I wrote on the earphone forum head-fi, the full review can be found by searching the same title. The review terms are a little technical, but googling an audio glossary might help :)

The review makes numerous references to a similar earphone, the obscure but excellent Head-Direct RE0 found here:

I purchased the MC3's from Etymotic directly. Shipping was extremely fast (express international courier to Australia.)

What's in the Box- Spacer Laser Headset Pew Pew Pew!

The Etymotics come in a nice, easy to open and classy though understated cardboard box with a flip up cover that shows off the little space lasers inside. I haven't posted pictures of the unboxing, because I think the whole fascination with the unboxing process is a little unhealthy, but rest assured the unboxing inspires confidence considering the price of the product.

The accessory selection is relativey generous - you get a bag, filter changer and a pair of replacement filters, a pair of foam tips, the strange mushroom `glider' tips, and small and large silicone bi-flanges. The small tri-flanges come attached to the nozzle, which is surprising given how small they are. It does seem to be Etymotic's suggestion of how deep these are supposed to go in.

Build Quality, Cables and Microphonics - Bulletproof

This is probably the best part of the Ety's. The earphones are well built, and inspire a lot of confidence. The strain reliefs are meaty and thick, as are the cables which are supple with a nice texture, fairly tangle free and little memory effect.
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46 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Handyman on October 6, 2010
Color Name: BLUE Verified Purchase
I purchased 3 different in-ear earphones for use with my gixxer 600 sportsbike. I have repeatedly tested them using the same songs on my iPhone 3GS, same helmet and gloves for about 1 week. Here is how I would rate them (considering price):

Klipsch S4i >>> noise isolation C, bass response A, remote A, ear canal comfort B. Cost $99
Etymotic M3 >>> noise isolation A, bass response C, remote B, ear canal comfort C. Cost $99
Eytmotic HF2 >>> noise isolation A, bass response B, remote C, ear canal comfort A. Cost 159

The Etys were best at noise isolation (really blocks out engine and road noises). But there ENDS the similarities between M3 and HF2.

The problem with M3 is its tiny 3-button remote is barely usable unless you have really tiny fingers (it gets worse when I am wearing gloves while riding, it is impossible to "feel" the buttons). The built-in microphone is also of poor quality (my buddies say I sounded thin over the phone). The actual speaker tubes are quite thick (inserting them into my ear canal caused a lot of stress and became uncomfortable after extended period of time). It is also the least sensitive (requiring about 25% more volume dial). Its sound quality very good but not as good as the HF2 or S4i.

The HF2 is hands down the winner in all categories, but it is the most expensive one and lacks 3-button control. Although it uses the same 3-flange eartip as the M3, I found the HF2 very comfortable because its "balanced armature" speaker tubes are really tiny (about the size of a pencil lead, very easy to insert into ear canal). It also offers the highest sensitivity (requires about 25% less volume dial on my iPhone 3GS) and the highest accuracy (as in highs are clear, lows are punchy and none of the frequencies are over-blown).
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Ed TOP 100 REVIEWER on November 8, 2010
Color Name: BLACK Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Etymotic Research has daringly dove into the under $100 earphone category with their mc3 in-ear monitor headset (IEM). Competition in the earphone category has exploded, to say the least, thanks primarily to the iPod and iPhone. IEMs have popped up from just about every consumer electronics company known to man. Can Etymotic fend off the competitors with their latest "canalphones?"

- Beautifully accurate and detailed
- Durable build
- Convenient inline remote & mic
- Useful accessories included
- 2 year warranty

- Under represented bass
- Sound quality below average, out of the box

Historically, Etymotic used balanced armature transducers in their high-end IEMs. The mc3 and mc5 are their first moving coil drivers, used mostly as a cost-reducing measure. I have often been let down by companies introducing "value" versions of their successful products so I was skeptical about the mc5s. Consumer Reports' rating did not invoke confidence either. I was able to obtain a pair of mc3's from Amazon for evaluation. As it turns out, Consumer Reports got it wrong and I almost did too.

Most of my review is based on the mc5, which I had the chance to listen to first but the mc3 and mc5 have identical sound characteristics. My initial impression of sound quality was not good. Though the details were phenomenal, it just did not sound right. I struggled with the 3-flange eartips for a good hour before I eventually found a better fit and seal with the gray glider eartips. Even with a good seal, I thought it was harsh with poor bass response.
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