Etymotic Research 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.
- Accu•DriverTM high performance, precision matched, balanced armature drivers. ACCU•FilterTM User-replaceable filters that protect the balanced armature drivers.
- Includes an assortment of noise-isolating ACCU•Fit eartip options to ensure proper seal and comfort. CUSTOM•FIT 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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From the Manufacturer
Best sound accuracy
Best noise isolation
Best communication and control
Best style and fit
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
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.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
-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.Read more ›
The ER-4 delivered like no other earphones, with not only the sound quality, but the noise reduction. As someone once said "It's the closest thing there is to injecting the music right into your brain." I completely agree. It took some getting used to 'listening' to the bass as opposed to feeling it, but now these are irreplaceable.
I have bought several pair of the ER-4's due to damage, losing them, etc. And it was time to replace my current pair. I decided to get Etymotics newest model, the HF5. I didn't expect a huge improvement over the ER-4's, but I was wrong.
At first I felt like the earphones didn't fit as well as the ER-4's. But then I realized that these actually go DEEPER into your ears than the ER-4's. And once I got them in there... WOW! The sound was actually so much bigger and brighter than the ER-4's. The ER-4's were great, but the HF5's is like watching High Definition Television compared to regular TV. The highs are brighter and the bass is bigger.
The only thing I wasn't happy with, at first, is the cord. They seem to have switched back to the more grabby rubbery style cord as opposed to the smoother plastic. While the rubbery feels nicer, I was worried it would grab onto my clothes too much. That hasn't been a problem so far.
They could have also included a few extra filters.Read more ›
I was extremely satisfied with the comfort and sound quality. The tips suited my ears very well, and I felt the audio was pleasing to my ears. For phone calls, the party at the other end could always hear me well. Acoustically and in terms of comfort, these in-ear monitors are great.
However, both of the pieces I have purchased have failed. On the first pair, the cable tore near one of the drivers. Because the cable cannot be removed, I set it aside and purchased another pair. On a recent flight, the connector broke (not completely off, but it broke enough that you don't get a good connection anymore). The plug has a 45 degree turn, and as I got up, my leg applied enough pressure to the connector that it broke in this manner. A 90 degree turn in the connector would have likely avoided this.
I tried to go back to the first pair when the second one broke, thinking I could use some shrink tubing or electrical tape where the sheath to the cable tore. But as I moved the slider that lets you bring together or part the cable, the sheath tore over there as well. It seems to me that the sheath they are using isn't of the highest quality.
But the bigger issue with their design is that the cable is not removable. I would really like to see Etymotic change this. At a similar price point, other manufacturers provide in-ear monitors of comparable (perhaps even better) audio quality and comfort, but with removable cables. The result is not only that a failed cable may be replaced with a new one, but one can opt to install a third party cable or make their own.
I really like Etymotic Research's dedication to sound quality and comfort. I would like to see them build in-ear monitors with better cables that can be removed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really feel like this item is over-rated for what it provides. The sound quality is definitely good, if not great, but the low end is very lacking. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Christopher T Bruscato
Second pair, if you want a really good pair of earphones that block out the noise these are the ones, great for flying, no more babies crying, no engine noise with any music... Read morePublished 18 days ago by V. S. Sparks
These are my favorite headphones. I wear headphones at work, and I've gone through quite a different brands over the years. Read morePublished 29 days ago by J.W.
In my opinion, Etymotic makes the best sounding, reasonably priced in-ear headphones. I bought these as a replacement for an older set of Etymotics I had purchased years ago that... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jeffry Ziegler
Absolutely the best in-ear headset! Whether I use for voice calls or listening to music, these are top of the list! Read morePublished 1 month ago by W. Miyamoto
Works great, the noise cancelling is phenomenal but the build quality is poor. Mine broke within 6 months despite proper care.Published 1 month ago by Wahoo2014
I really like these headphones. The foam tips provide about the same if not better noise reduction than my HearOS earplugs, which are some of the best earplugs on the market. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer