Etymotic Research ER7-MC3-BLUE-I-A MC3 Noise Isolating In-Ear Headset and Earphones for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch - Blue
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- Made for Apple iPod®, iPhone® and iPad(TM) control functionality
- 3-button micro-control pod with close-proximity high sensitivity microphone for easy control
- Special driver design allows more compact size for greater in-ear comfort. Tight, accurate bass with crystal clear high frequency detail at all listening levels. 85%+ response accuracy--most accurate sounding noise-isolating ear phones in this price class
- High degree of noise isolation enables lower-volume listening, protects hearing. The free Awareness! by Etymotic app that was offered with iOS-compatible headsets has been discontinued; however, a Pro version with extended features of the original app is available for purchase in the app store.
- 8mm neodymium moving coil drivers with ACCU-Chamber technology that acts as a 3-band equalizer to enhance response accuracy and refine mid-range and high frequency sound quality.
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Listening to something that has a pristine acoustic mix, say Taylor Swift's "Breathe", you can hear some subtle differences. The MC3 sound is a little more flat, whereas in the HF3 you can hear each intrument in a separate position on the stereo soundstage a little better. There is a little more live presence to Taylor's vocals and the brush slap on the snare drum in the HF3.
That said, the difference is pretty subtle and you would only notice it on careful listening of certain kinds of material. I would subjectively rate the MC3 at 90% to 95% of the sound quality of the HF3. So if cost is an issue, don't feel like you are shorting yourself much with the MC3. However, if you have the extra $90, the HF3's are a worthy investment in some high quality earbuds.
Comparisons aside, I think the sound quality on the MC3 is great. Many reviewers seem to object to insufficient bass. It is true that the Etymotic style is for an accurate mix that does not pump up the bass for its own sake. But there is plenty of clean bass in these headphones if you get a proper seal in the ear. That seal and physical connection is how these small headphones transmit the bass. Break the seal and all the bass drops out. That is why, for me at least, only the large grey foam eartips make any sense to use. You roll them down between your fingers, insert in the ear, and let the foam expand to make a complete and comfortable seal.Read more ›
The other major disappointment was the lack of bass. Yes, I had read the reviews -- here and on other sites -- that said these are not the best choice if you listen to a lot of bass-heavy music. I don't think I do. Hip-hop, for instance, takes up no more than 10% of what I listen to. But you want to hear *some* bass, of course, and it's barely there in these earbuds.
To make sure I wasn't going crazy, I picked five songs that I've listened to countless times and representing different genres: Ravel's Piano Concerto in G Major, "So What" by Miles Davis, "Ten Years Gone" by Led Zeppelin, "How to Disappear Completely" by Radiohead, and "Empire State of Mind" by Jay-Z. On all of them, the bass/low end was very faint. Especially on those particular Davis and Radiohead pieces, the bass should be prominent -- not loud, just prominent -- but I had to strain to hear it.
The earbuds come with four different tips, and the company includes a note in the package that says it's essential that the listener uses the right ones. I get that. But the issues described above occurred no matter which tips I used.
My last gripe, though not the end of the world, is the placement of the controls at chin level. I know it doesn't take too long to remember where each button is by feel, but it still feels weird to reach up that high.Read more ›
This can get tricky as you have to be very careful with outside noises you do need to pay attention to, like emergency vehicles.
I use them on the Bart commuter train too, and anyone in the Bay Area knows the godawful shriek it makes in the tunnels. With these headphones it's totally silent. I mean you simply cannot hear it.
I've owned many Etyomics over the years, mainly replacing them because I lost them or the very frail cables on the early models would rip from repeated taking off of my helmet and pulling on the cords. But these are much better built and I have no problems like that anymore.
They don't sound as good as my B&W C5's, so when I'm just out walking I prefer those for their fuller sound. But the Etyomotics are still very good (a little light in the bass), and for the amazing noise isolation it's a small trade off. Especially considering they cost less than half of the B&W's.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was extremely disappointed with the lack of bass response. There is none at all. I'm not talking about huge EDM base. Read morePublished 7 months ago by will
Etymotic headphones are the best' However if you abuse them they will fail you. Scratchy noise, maybe one of the ears will go out, but I'm sure these things happen with abuse AND... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Materialism! ^^'
Not worth the price at
all. I've got a pair of $7.99 earphones which sound as good. The plug broke off and I only used the earphones at home, and was never rough with them. Read more
This was a good purchase at the price. The sound quality is excellent, and the noise cancelling works well. They fit very comfortably. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Proud Texan Buyer
Broke after 8 months of use. For such a high price, I assumed they would be more durable.Published 18 months ago by I. E