Etymotic Research ER23-HF3-BLACK Noise-Isolating In-Ear Earphones with 3 Button Microphone Control,Black,With Mic
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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.
- Frequency Response - 20 Hz - 15 kHz and Impedance - 16 Ohms
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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
Designed for use with iPhone, iPad and other Apple products
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 designed for iPhone, iPad, and other Apple products
- 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.
Insertion and Care
Sound quality, full bass response and noise isolation all depend on a good eartip seal in the ear canal. 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. Moistening eases insertion of 3 flange eartips. Roll down or compress foam before inserting then hold in place for 5 seconds while the foam expands.
For best performance and retention, replace 3 flange eartips every 3-6 months. Replace foam eartips regularly.
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|Item Dimensions||3.75 x 2.00 x 6.50 inches||2.00 x 6.50 x 3.80 inches||47.24 x 0.39 x 1.18 inches||7.50 x 4.40 x 2.10 inches||2.00 x 3.75 x 7.00 inches||0.39 x 1.18 x 0.39 inches|
|Item Weight||4.00 ounces||4.00 ounces||0.71 ounces||6.70 ounces||0.63 ounces||0.82 lbs|
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True high fidelity requires reproduced sound to be as close as possible to the sound of a live performance. Etymotic in-ear earphones have the highest response accuracy on the market today. The HF series offers high performance balanced armature drivers with unmatched accuracy at an affordable price. The 3 button close proximity microphone designed for use with Apple products allows for easy control and makes the HF3 ideal for voice communications, as well as listening to music, videos, and other entertainment. Includes assorted eartips, replacement filters and filter removal tool, and carrying pouch.
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But be careful taking them out. Untwist them out the same way because if you installed them at low pressure high altitude and try to take them out on the higher pressure ground too quickly you will leave the silicone "ray gun" tip in your ear. The first time I did this was on a flight to Austin with a connection in Houston. Once on the layover in Houston I called an Urgent Care between the Austin airport and my hotel. I had Uber take me there and after about $350 and 1.5 hours they tweezed them out.
Round two -- It stayed in my ear a 2nd time on my way to Ireland. Luckily we layed over in NJ so I went to a shop in the airport and got my own tweezers. Now I can just remove it whenever it decides to stay in my ear. I recommend putting a small, not pointed, pair of tweezers in your travel kit so you don't have to go thru the Urgent Care routine that I did.
Otherwise, I love these earphones -- hence the reason I continue to use them. I wish I had the old Urgent Care bill, I'd send it to the CEO of the company and tell them they need to redesign the silicone tips.
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.
I consider sound isolation to be essential to audio quality. To my mind, if you have other noise bleeding in, it doesn’t much matter how good your earphones are. I spent a lot of time researching earphones when I bought my first pair of Etymotic Research earphones. Those rated high on audio quality and no one else could claim the sound isolation they had. They delivered on the promise. When it was time to buy new earphones, I did the same research and got the same result: no one else makes earphones with both excellent audio and excellent sound isolation.
With all noise shut out, these HF5s make me feel as though I’m in the studio with the band. Every rustle and breath comes through. You hear the guitarist’s shirt brush against his guitar. I point this out not as examples of distraction from the music but to show how completely these earphones deliver every bit of sound in a recording. If the artist didn’t want those sounds in the recording, the engineer would have removed them. When I listen on these earphones, I hear everything.
The HF5 earphones also create a huge sonic space. You feel as though you’re in a vast empty room with just you and the music. They place each instrument separately in that space--when the music is produced that way. It’s complicated, and I don’t understand how it works, but some producers pull all the sound together into one stream, others maintain or create separation between the instruments and voices.
Any pretty-good earphones with good fidelity in bass, midrange, and high end will do for music that’s pushed together into a wall of sound, as much pop music is. But many indie, folk, blues, jazz, classical, and other specialized recordings often use this separation in space to bring you into the middle of the sound. You feel as though you are there, with the music spread around you, just as it would be if you were right there during the performance. The intimacy of this experience has an almost emotional quality. These earphones deliver that experience.
Etymotic Research promises more than 40 dB of noise reduction. That’s a lot. By comparison, the best foam earplugs, when inserted deeply into your ears, reduce noise by 32 dB. That’s plenty to save your hearing, but not as good as these earphones. I use foam earplugs often. The company’s claim is true: these earphones keep out more noise than the best foam earplugs I can find.
I’m an artist working with steel. I use power tools in a small, concrete-walled studio. The noise is truly deafening. It’s loud enough to be annoying even with foam earplugs. However, I put in my Etymotic Research earphones and listen to acoustic music at medium to low volume while I use a power grinder on steel . Another example: When I use the lawnmower (a quieter machine than the power tools I use), I barely notice the mower.
Time will tell whether these new earphones are as durable as the last ones, but I expect they’ll do as well or better. The old ones had ordinary wires, but these have Kevlar reinforced wires. These HF5 wires are also springy so they don’t tangle easily. The earphones themselves are made of metal and stick out of your ear a little so they’re pretty easy to remove. Because of the seal necessary to keep out noise, Etymotic Research earphones are a little difficult to pull out. The long body of the HF5s helps with that by giving you something to grip.
Not very many things I’ve bought over the years have given me as much satisfaction as my Etymotic Research earphones. If sound quality matters to you and you listen to music anywhere but in your living room, I highly recommend these HF5 earphones.
UPDATE--CAUTION IF YOU HAVE WIDE EAR CANALS
Fit on these earphones is not as good as with the earlier ones. None of the silicone tips fit snugly for more than a few minutes. For me, noise isolation isn't much better than non-sealing earbuds. The memory foam tips work well, but only two or three times per pair, then they are squished and not strong enough to maintain a seal. Noise isolation is crucial and an important reason I bought these to replace earlier ER earphones. THE PROBLEM IS PARTICULAR TO SIZE, NOT A GENERAL ISSUE WITH THE EARPHONES. I'm average height and weight, but apparently my ear canals are large: consider the size of yours when buying. I now need to buy custom tips which will nearly double the cost. I'm in my fifties and have lost a little high-frequency hearing, so I can't comment authoritatively on the sound, which means I can't confirm the value for cost, now that I have to get after-market tips. ER is a reliable brand and I still recommend their products. However, sound isolation now depends on the size of your ear canals. If you have large ones, you may want to look elsewhere, I'm afraid.
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Having been an Etymotic customer for over 4 years, I absolutely love their sound signature. Unfortunately, after this pair has now become faulty again (same cable issue at the jack, even after a re-design) I've decided to give another manufacturer a try. I absolutely love these IEM's, but for the price, there are similar manufacturers with similar sound signatures that offer replaceable cables.
I've decided to check out the Westone UM-Pro 10's with replaceable cables! It seems such a waste having to ditch this earphone just because of a faulty cable.
If you're willing to put up with potential failures, they sound great and are worth the purchase.
UPDATE: I was happy as Larry with the HF3's until the cable broke. I really did look after these earphones and feel that Etymotic need to resolve this apparently (reading blogs) common issue. Thank goodness I purchased from Amazon and returned within the Warranty period.
The headphones have failed on two counts: firstly, the wire has split in three places, and secondly, the right earbud now makes a rattling sound pretty much permanently. The two things may be related, but it's obviously the rattling sound that has lead to the 'phones now being unusable.
If I had abused these headphones, I wouldn't be posting a three-star review, but I have been *extremely* careful with them at all times (>£100 is a lot of money for headphones). I have always kept them in their pouch when not in use, and have never tugged or twisted the wires; never wound them round my phone and chucked it in a bag, etc. In fact, it's because I've been so extra careful with these things that I felt compelled to write a review. For the wire to split even with such careful use I think is an indication that it's too fragile. Whether or not this 'splitting' has anything to do with the degradation in the sound quality, I'm not 100% sure, but it's likely.
I don't know, maybe I'm being overly harsh. Is two years a reasonable life expectancy for a product of this type at this price point? I wouldn't have thought so, and as such I'm slightly disappointed.
When they worked, I found the sound quality to be absolutely superb. 5 stars there, no doubt. In ear headphones are a very personal thing, but I found that these fitted very comfortable also.
But I do think that a life of just two years with careful use means they're not well built enough.
(To be fair to Etymotic, they offer a two year warranty, which is reasonable. I'm just outside it, and I have not investigated whether Etymotic would honour it. They may well do. I know other companies that have in cases where things have failed so close to the end of the warranty period.)
Crisp, insightful, transparent sound. Remote mic/volume controls are also useful. Noise isolation is good too.
After 5 months of daily use, the connector has become worn and I need to constantly adjust it in the socket to ensure I get a feed to both earpieces. I now need to carry my ipod (rather than keep it in my pocket). Simply not durable enough for day-to-day use.
Also, whilst on certain (acoustic, for example) tracks, the sound is excellent, it simply lacks sufficient low end for certain genres of music. Rock tracks sound awful frankly - they simply lack bite, bass and sound shrill as a result. Some tracks are simply unlistenable. I bought these headphones with my 'ears wide open' so to speak - the reviews, and even the manufacturer, are very clear that they do not produce a bass heavy sound (and I didn't want that). However, even when they are properly fitted, the sound is just too anemic.
Shame, but even with the discount, I don't think they are worth getting.
p.s. just bought some Soundmagic e10's to replace the etymotics. first impressions are excellent - great detail with good low-end heft.
Je me satisfaisais d'une petite paire de Logitech/Ultimate Ears 200 jusqu'ici. L'endommagement du cordon de ceux-ci suite à un entortillement m'a fait reconsidérer la chose et étudier la question. Ces derniers sonnaient correctement, en tout cas n'étaient pas choquants même si pas extraordinaires. Ils compensaient leur manque de finesse par une largeur de spectre convaincante. Mais les bruits de frottement en balade m'avait fait remplacer les caoutchoucs d'oreille par des modèles issu d'intras Sony.
Toujours en quête d'intras qui isolent et reproduisent au plus prêt de la source et du tympan le signal, je quêtais donc à la recherche de successeurs de ces bons marchés mais inaboutis écouteurs.
Il y avait dans le haut de gamme pléthore de candidats et surtout de candidats n'hésitant pas à facturer au prix fort leurs hypothétiques performances (bien souvent infirmées par les forums ou avis clients) et ce pour des tarifs délirants pouvant dépasser les 300 €.
Voyant celà, je me fiais à l'oreille des musiciens qui m'avaient déjà orienté vers les précédents Ultimate Ears non sans déplaisir eu égard à l'investissement modeste.
Alors comment avoir mieux en déboursant des sommes raisonnables ? Après Shure, le Sony haut de gamme, Focal, Bowers & Wilkins, Jays et autres concurrents n'ayant pas fait l’unanimité, mon esprit vogua vers les fabricants de protections sonores et retours scène Etymotic.
Alors oui, le produit n'est pas absolument parfait au vu de certaines critiques, mais il s'agit à mon avis plus d'une méconnaissance ou d'un mauvais usage du produit de la part de certains utilisateurs que de véritables défauts. La fiabilité sera aussi un autre doute qui se révélera malheureusement avec le temps et le soin porté à ces pépites d'oreilles, mais je veillerai à utiliser la pochette fournie dès que possible pour les stocker en déplacement.
Connaissant ces reproches et après avoir hésité sur le modèle inférieur MC5 de la marque, bien moins musical, je me rabat sur les HF5, déclarés comme successeurs des références du genre l'ER-4 et l'ER-6. A noter que ces modèles sont déclinés en kits téléphone avec micro pour iPhone ou pour Androïd pour les drogués du smartphone (attention aux références MC2-MC3 HF2-HF3 avant d'acheter). Ce micro peut être utilisé pour renvoyer une partie du son environnant pour pallier à l'isolement extrême de ces écouteurs grâce à une appli Etymotic pour les 2 types d'appareil cités plus haut.
Je commande et patient pour la réception du Graal ? A la réception, l'ensemble est modeste mais bien équipé avec 4 types d'embouts adaptés selon les morphologies d'oreilles variant chez les uns et les autres.
Le 1er embout mis par défaut me fait mal à l'insertion, conseillée trés profonde et pivotante par le site du fabricant, vidéo neuneute à l'appui. Convaincu qu'un autre ira mieux, je passe au 2ème pus confortable, mais le son est bien tiède, notamment au niveau des basses qui ne se révéleront qu'avec un embout exactement adapté au conduit auditif, comme tous les intras d'ailleurs. Je poursuis avec les 3 franges grand modèle et là ça tient bien dans l'oreille et ça isole bien (trop ?) de l'extérieur. C'est confirmé, j'ai de grandes esgourdes !
Le son se révèle alors sur toutes les plages de fréquences une fois les 2 oreillettes ajustées à égalité. Pour en avoir le cœur net je termine par la 4ème en mousse qui est confortable, mais plus cotonneuse dans le rendu sonore. Je retiens les grosses franges.
Le son est bien détaillé dans tous les registres et reproduit des éléments jusqu'ici inconnus sur les disques que j'écoute ces derniers mois (même du MP3 à débit généreux). Ceci peut-être grâce à l'excellente isolation et à des basses mesurées mais bien présentes avec une assise ferme lorsqu'il le faut seulement (c'est-à-dire lorsqu'elle sont présentes dans les mix et pas pour en mettre afin de masquer l'absence de reproduction des autres registres sonores).
C'est une petite révolution pour mon modeste baladeur Sansa Clip+ tweaké avec la très complète suite logicielle Rockbox. L'équaliseur multibandes est à oublier et je le désactive dès le début, accentuant simplement le registre grave et aigu comme j'en ai souvent la fâcheuse habitude.
L'évolution peut se comparer au passage du CD au SACD et de l'amplification classe A à la classe D dans mon salon pour comparer.
Je n'ai d'ailleurs plus envie de quitter mes écouteurs alors que j'écris cette chronique.
Je me demande juste comment les autres fabricants font pour concevoir et vendre autant de produits médiocres dans le reste du marché.
P.S. : De nombreux utilisateurs semblent se plaindre d'une mauvaise reproduction sonore, certainement parce qu'ils n'ont pas essayé tous les embouts fournis. D'autres déplorent une chute de son voire une panne au bout d'un an. S'ils avaient lu la notice ou avaient visité le site du fabricant, ils auraient découvert qu'il y a des consommables sur ce casque, appelés filtres. Ces micros bouts de plastique visent à protéger les membranes des remontées de cerumen et peuvent se boucher avec le temps. Un outil et une paire de filtres de rechange est fournie. Pour durer il faudra acheter ces accessoires.
Bon je vous laisse, j'ai de la musique à écouter moi !
-FANTASTIC noise isolation with the triple flange, had Shures before and these are WAY better
-excellent clear response. Combined with the noise isolation I'm hearing all sorts of little detail I never heard before
-Not bass heavy. I've gotten so used to earbuds/headphones with bass boost it sometimes sounds wrong. This isn't really a con, but you should know.
-For the first week I'd thought I'd wasted my money, I actually bruised my ear canal putting them in. I thought my ear canal was too small. Later realized I had large each canals, and I needed the large tip so that it would properly seal (I guess before I was ramming the small tip too far in my ear.
Tips for wearing:
-You MUST get it in your each canal. Once you get used to it, it's easy, but it takes a while to find them consistently.
-Try the different tips.
-I usually put a tiny bit of moisture on the first flange (it's gross but I touch it to my inner lip). Not too much, or it'll just out (and feel really disgusting and itch).
-Put it in 90-180 degrees from the angle you want and "twist" it in to place as you're inserting.
If you've got clothes with a rough texture (eg a jacket with an open zipper) these phones can transfer the noise from the rubbing wire right into your ears, which sucks. Make sure you run the wire around the back your ears to eliminate the problem.
Tienen un aislamiento muy muy bueno, a veces hasta peligroso si vas por la calle.
La calidad del sonido es excepcional. Los mejores agudos y medios, y con los graves en su sitio, sin estridencias. No están recomendados para los que les gusten los graves desmesurados.
Son del tipo "in ear" y para escucharlos correctamente hay que introducirlos bastante en el oido y hay que acostumbrarse. Aun así son cómodos, ligeros y robustos.
El control incorporado permite subir/bajar volumen, controlar música y contestar llamadas por el microfono incorporado si lo conectas a un iPhone.
Una de mis mejores compras.
-la signature: portée sur le haut medium et les aigus qui donne une impression de détails impressionnantes mais qui manque de bass (ou plutôt de sub-bass).
-un confort particulier dans le sens ou il faut enfoncer l'intra profond dans le canal et tout le monde ne supporte pas cela. le bruit de frottement de câble est embêtant si on ne porte pas le câble par dessus l'oreille. (les frottements sont pires sur un ER4 donc bon point pour le hf5)
- l'isolation!!!!!!! j'ai eu dans les oreilles une bonne 30ene d'intras différents à tous les prix (15euro-1000euro), et rien n'a jamais isolé aussi bien qu'etymotic (er4 ou ici hf5 mais j'imagine que le reste de la marque est identique).
donc pour moi pas de mystère c'est un intra que je recommande chaudement pour les transports.
un système de noise cancelling actif (inversion de phase électronique du son ambiant) peut faire mieux de manière ponctuelle, par exemple faire disparaître entièrement un réacteur d'avion. mais il ne pourra généralement rien contre les aigus d'un bébé qui hurle. c'est la que le hf5 entre en action en isolant effectivement les 2 ^_^.
Zusammenfassend kann ich sagen, dass diese Ohrhörer für mich wirklich die besten iPhone-Hörer sind. But your results may vary.