Etymotic Research HF3 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Earphones with 3 Button Microphone Control
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- Best communication and control: close proximity high sensitivity microphone; made for Apple iPod, iPhone and iPad functionality..Connectivity Technology: Wired
- Best Sound Accuracy: 85%+ response accuracy from 20 Hz-120 kHz; Achieves highest output sensitivity in its class with 105 dB SPL sensitivity at 1kHz at 0.1 mV; AccuDriver high performance, precision matched, balanced armature drivers.
- Best Noise Isolation: 35-42 dB noise isolation; documented highest noise isolation of any earphones or headphones on the market today.
- Best style and fit: black soft-touch finish; an assortment of noise-isolating ACCU Fit eartip options to ensure proper seal and comfort; CustomFit option available.
- Best durability and warranty: 2 year replacement warranty; Kevlar-reinforced cable for durability; ACCU Filter user-replaceable filters that protect the balanced armature drivers from ear wax and debris.
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From the manufacturer
Etymotic Research, Inc. is an engineering-driven research, development and manufacturing company. The name 'Etymotic' (pronounced et-im-oh-tik) means 'true to the ear'. Innovation, education and hearing conservation are central to Etymotic's mission.
HF Series Noise-Isolating Earphones + Headset
No compromise, high-performance noise-isolating earphones with headset that deliver best-in-class benefits and superior value, perfectly matched to the latest product innovations from most music players that support a 3.5 mm stereo phone plug.
- High performance balanced-armature drivers
- Reinforced 4 ft cable
- 3 button in-line microphone and control
- 3.5 mm stereo phone plug
Etymotic designs products to measure, protect and improve hearing, and enhance the listening experience of music lovers everywhere. Together, audio engineers, musicians and audiologists at Etymotic have generated over 100 patents issued and pending.
High Performance Drivers
Etymotic invented noise-isolating in-ear earphones using balanced-armature receivers and established these speakers as the gold standard for high-definition, in-ear earphones.
The HF series incorporates these high-performance balanced-armature drivers and their unmatched accuracy at an affordable price for everyday use.
Best Sound Accuracy
True high fidelity requires reproduced sound to be as close as possible to the sound of a live performance. Etymotic's earphones and headsets have the highest response accuracy of all in-ear earphones and headsets.
Why HF series in-ear earphones?
Best Noise Isolation
Etymotic's earphones have the highest noise isolation of all in-ear earphones, as measured by an independent laboratory accredited by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Reduction of outside noise lowers the risk of listening at unsafe levels.
Reinforced cable for durability.
User-replaceable filters that protect the balanced-armature drivers from earwax and other debris.
In The Box
HF series earphones with 3 button in-line microphone control.
Filter removal tool and replacement filters.
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Etymotic's HF series offers high performance balanced-armature drivers and their unmatched accuracy at an affordable price for everyday use. True high fidelity requires reproduced sound to be as close as possible to the sound of a live performance. Etymotic's earphones headsets have the highest response accuracy of all in-ear earphones and headsets. The 3 button in-line microphone control designed for use with Apple products allows for easy control and makes the HF3 ideal for voice communications, voice recording and iTunes memos, as well as listening to music, videos, and other entertainment.
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They are not perfect, and, for instance, I would say that the overall sound quality and comfort (in a quiet environment) is still better with my Sennheiser 595's, but they are definitely the best in-ear headphones I have tried by a landslide. Some care is required for proper insertion into your ears. They have a helpful video on their website showing how to properly insert the various included tips into your ears to ensure a proper seal--which, if you don't have a proper seal, you will be disappointed because the noise isolation will be severely diminished and the bass response drops considerably. After a little bit of practice (learning to pull my upper ear back at the right angle, rather than out away from my head, for instance) I was able to get the default flanged tips to fit fairly comfortably and also provide an exceptional amount of noise isolation. Again, it did take a little practice to insert the tips properly and make a good seal, but, once I had that figured out, I was extremely happy with the quality. Obviously everyone's ears will be different, but I would wager that with a combination of practice putting the tips in, and also making sure to use the best tips for your ears (they provide several options included with the headphones), anyone should be able to wear the headphones reasonably comfortably and enjoy a good bass response as well as superior outside noise reduction.
I have experimented with listening to several genres of music, from Jazz, to Rock, to Metal, Classical, and even that stuff Enya does :), and the headphones have performed excellently. (For those who care, I've only used a 4th Gen. iPod Touch and my laptop computer so far, but both serve as an adequate driver in my opinion). Highs are crisp and clear, and the mid-tones and bass are well represented. I would prefer a little more articulation in the bass, but I don't find that it detracts too much from the listening experience.
I would highly recommend this product to anyone looking for in-ear headphones in this price range. They offer exceptional (though not perfect) sound quality, reasonable comfort, and incredible noise reduction.
I should also note that the cord-noise that is almost inescapable on in-ear headphones is actually not so bad on these; yes, you do hear it occasionally, but by adjusting the cinch on the cord and using the attached clip, the noise is virtually eliminated. Even during the times when I do hear it, I don't find it as distracting as it is on most other in-ear headphones.
For what it's worth, I consider myself an audiophile. I've done sound reinforcement for about 6 years and I also play the piano, drums, and guitar, so my opinion is at least semi-educated and based on a fair amount of experience.
UPDATE: I originally bought these headphones in January of 2011. Now, about a year and a half later, I'm happy to say that they've held up extremely well. I do my best to take good care of my headphones, but these being my go-to, daily-use pair that I carry around with me, I wouldn't have been surprised if they got a little worse for the wear--but they haven't. At one point the cord-clip broke (which I recommend using whenever you wear them, since it will all-but eliminate cord-noise) and I somehow lost the leather storage pouch (also highly recommended, since it makes for a safe, convenient way to carry the headphones around), but it was very easy and inexpensive to order replacements from Etymotic. I've also found that the flange-style earpieces seem to have adapted somewhat to the shape of my ears, and between that and habit, it's gotten very easy to achieve a proper fit with a good seal (needed for the noise reduction effect to work, as well as the full extent of the bass response) almost every time; every once in a while I might have to make an adjustment after putting them in, but not often. The only maintenance required is an occasional cleaning of the flanged tips, if earwax builds up. All in all, I'm very impressed with how well these are holding up after a year and a half of heavy use.
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