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Etymotic Research HF3 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Earphones with 3 Button Microphone Control
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- High performance balanced armature drivers offer unmatched accuracy
- 3 button close proximity in line microphone for easy control and clear communication
- Reinforced 4 foot cable and 3.5mm stereo jack
- 35 to 42 dB of noise isolation with a max output of 120 dB
- Includes an assortment of eartips for a comfortable fit and carrying pouch
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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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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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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.
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.
- They sound great, better than "Beats" and other overpriced gimmick headphones (my personal opinion)...I may not be an audiophile but I took the advice of other people who are, and no one that is serious into music and headphones buy Beats or anything like that.
- The controls work very well. Double tap the pause/play button to skip a track, up and down to adjust volume, mic built in, pics up sound.
- If you use the correct technique and the correct tips, this create a great seal. I deployed to Afghanistan with these, and used them IN PLACE OF ear muffs and ear plugs when shooting as well as when riding in helicopters and large Air Force jets (C5, C17, C130). For those of you that have ever been on a Blackhawk helo or Chinook, or any Air Force jet, you'll know that when I say these block out the sound, that it is pretty significant...
This is where I want to get into customer service.
I use these EXTENSIVELY. And by extensively I'm talking about using them seven days a week 1-2 times per day for 1-2 hours each session at the gym (cardio, weight lifting, etc). I don't BS at the gym either and read a magazine, I'm talking extensive sweating and yanking and getting them caught on things and weights. Additionally I used them with the same workout schedule IN ADDITION TO having them in Afghanistan for 9 months (dust, grime, physical abuse, helo rides, airplane rides, rifle ranges, pistol ranges, machinegun ranges, you name it).
After I got back and when they were about 1.5 years old, the controls stopped working. Now I wear these under my shirt (iPod clipped to hip and the wire runs up through my shirt) sweating in 100+ degree heat with no air conditioning in an Afghan gym. I wasn't surprised that they stopped working. I was impatient and didn't let them dry after a particularly sweaty weight lifting session followed by 45 minutes on a spinning bike.
So I contacted Etymotics.
1) They answer the phone. No, seriously. You call a 1-800 number and on the first ring, someone picks up the phone and says hello. No press 1 for english, no navigating ridiculous menus or trying to "speak your problem" ("I have a problem with my headphones" - "Did you say, 'I want to run for president?'")
2) The customer support staff, especially "Moe" (Maureen) is really friendly.
3) They told me they couldn't find an issue with my headphones, assumed that they dried and were fine by the time they got them and inspected them. HOWEVER, they STILL sent me a BRAND NEW REPLACEMENT (retail box, original packing, etc) "just in case" to make sure I was satisfied. I didn't even ask them to. No additional charge, nothing. And then Moe tells me "hey in addition, I'm going to include some windscreens for you to place over the mic area so this doesn't happen in the future."
4) They forgot to send the windscreens in the original returned item, and I get an email (no prompting) from customer service apologizing for the delay, apologizing for not including the windscreens (which aren't even part of the original product and they aren't required to give me, just trying to be helpful), and promising to ship them USPS right behind the package.
Well I couldn't be happier. This is an amazing product that takes a beating, and even if it quasi-fails, they really make sure you are taken care of at Etymotics. I love this company, and I doubt I will ever buy another set of headphones elsewhere to be honest after this experience. You may think I'm getting paid for this review but I'm not, I was just so happy with the service that I wanted to gush all over the Amazon review page.