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Earphones Kit, Mobile Headset

ETYMOTIC

Price: $235.75 / each

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  • Item # 25D193
  • Mfr. Model # ER23-HF3
  • UNSPSC # 43191609
  • Catalog Page # N/A
  • Catalog Group # H0976
  • Shipping Weight 0.3 lbs.
Country of Origin ChinaCountry of Origin is subject to change.

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    Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 48reviewers.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by Great Sound Poor Jack These headphones are good. They have great sound quality and the ear plugs work really well.The jack is pretty low quality, this is my second pair and its broken again. One channel is spotty. I've never had headphones where the jack stem breaks, typically my other headphones 3.5mm jack breaks the phone headset plug.It does take some time to feel comfortable in the ear plugs, but its worth it. I'd say the best use is if you are on an airplane or sitting at a desk. If the jack is tugged or pressed against another object it will break. If you are active you'll have to be extremely careful with the jack, it doesn't take much to break it.The mic still doesn't work in my Galaxy S3 maybe my phone isn't supported, you might check before purchasing. November 29, 2014
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent clarity in critical frequencies In my opinion, these are the best earphones at this price point, period! I'm on my second pair of HF3s. I wore out my first pair from overuse and, because I was still within warranty, Etymotic replaced them without question.My only criticism would be that unless you "really" get a tight seal, the bass response can be a little on the light side. However, after experimenting with different tips (I ended up going with some 3rd party tips) I finally found the right fit for my ears, which make them really sing and are comfortable to wear.As a recording engineer, I can't stand "colored" sounding phones because I like to use them as a point of reference for my mixes on the way home or to the studio. These are so good that, in a pinch, I've used them in a live mix environment because I can get them to isolate pretty well from the live sound.I'm sure I'll wear this pair out too and will not think twice about purchasing another pair as soon as I do.I would highly recommend them to anyone who can "hear the difference." October 2, 2014
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Incredible earbuds with mic for Iphone! I've had Etymotic products for years (ER-6i, ER-4i and now the hf3) and love the sound quality. I got the hf3 two years ago when I went with a headset with mic and haven't been disappointed. The sound quality is fantastic and you can hear each individual instrument being played. Bass response, once the buds are properly seated, is very good.The mic works great for phone calls and for controlling music on the iPhone 5. The buttons are a little small and are hard to work with gloves on (like motorcycle gloves).The earbuds fit well into the ear and protrude very little past the outer ear so they're pretty discrete (when using the foam tips they protrude a little more than when using the 3-flange tip). The fact that they don't protrude much is also helpful when wearing a motorcycle helmet.The noise isolation is also very good. I can tell little difference between the 3-flange tips, the foam tips and the custom molds (when they're properly fitted). Alldo a great job of blocking out noise (also helpful for blocking wind noise when riding a motorcycle.)Downsides: the buds do have to go far into the ear to get the right seal, especially the 3-flange rubber tip, and depending on the size of your ear and the tip you use, they can be somewhat uncomfortable after long use. I have the custom-molded tips and those are very comfortable but tend to lose their seal after a while so you lose some of the bass and noise isolation benefits unless you reinsert them periodically.I've also had issues with the mic controls going bad. I've had to return two sets already, only one of which was under warranty. (Caution: If you buy from EBay as I did for one of them, Etymotic won't honor the warranty.)I've researched plenty of other manufacturers' products (Shure, Klipsch, Koss, Bose, etc) when looking for replacements, and keep coming back to the hf3. They're that good, at a reasonable price, and do everything I want. September 2, 2014
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Former MC3 owner, the HF3 rocks! After a three year+ stint with my MC3's the cable started to fray (they still work) and I decided to proactively replace them with HF3's.I am extremely happy I did. The MC3's were awesome, but the sound quality of the HF3's is definitely better. Everything sounds better (high/mid/low) and I can hear more detail and instruments.If you are on a budget I still wholeheartedly recommend the MC3's, but if you have the money HF3's are certainly worth the extra. August 28, 2014
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Simply Perfect !! My previous headset was Klipsch x10i and before I had Bose (MIE2) headsets for many years.I was happy with my Klipsch x10i as it was lightweight and the sound was great! It had everything I wanted. I lost them recently :-( Then I was looking for another pair of the same Klipsch x10i, then I found reviews about these Etymotic HF3 and thought I will check it out.Initially I was bit reluctant after seeing those videos on how to fit these in your ears and I thought what if it doesnt fit my ears in the right way as it should. I did initially struggle and was afraid to put these in to the ears thinking that it might go and hit the ear drum and damage it. But then I slowly and carefully tried it for couple of times and with some help from the instructions given in the video, I found the right way to fit these in my ears.For all those who have bought this and feel that it doesnt sound great, please try again! The most important thing about this headset is to you have to find the right fit in to your ears! I am sure you will be able to choose the right ear tips for you and the find the right way of fitting it in to your ears.Wow! Its amazing! I have been thinking that Klipsch x10i had everything. But when I started hearing these, then there is no turning back! I still like the Klipsch x10i, but I like these much more! The noise isolation is great! You dont hear anything in the outside world and once you have find the right fit, you dont feel that it is in your ears. The cord is longer than the Klipsch and it is very useful. The curved design of the 3.5mm jack is very helpful.I mostly listen to ALAC in my iphone and the the sound is perfect and complete. Bass is at the right level.I like all the ear tips that comes with this product, the most preferred one is the gray ER38-18 3 flange ear tips.Happy listening! February 26, 2014
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Fantastic headphones! Best in class I ALMOST returned these buds after struggling initially, convinced I had a proper seal yet hearing little more than TIN. I mean low end in absentia - as in zero bass. I was shocked. Really? The reviews I'd read were overwhelmingly positive and while some pointed to these buds as being quite neutral I'm an advocate of neutrality and not looking for overpowering bass. But I DO want to experience the low end of spectrum and I spent much of the day seeking a replacement. So read on for the good news...Fortuitously while at dinner I continued to refer back to those many reviews and figured I'd give it one more effort since I concluded so many people couldn't have such poor taste. Lo and behold, boom! I reviewed the video Etymotic has on their website, achieved a proper seal and finally came to appreciate what enthusiasts see in this product. It's all in the seal! With these buds more so than any other I've ever owned.These ear buds are sensational. Etymotic hf3's deliver big, bold sound articulated in an utterly neutral fashion without any discernible coloration. And this is after just a few hours so they've not been properly broken in yet. By this time next week I expect they'll sound considerably better - more open and a slightly larger sound stage. The bass, just so you know, is NOT overstated and is not what you'll get from Bose or Monster or Beats.As a frame of reference I also own:1) Marley Destiny TTR2) UE Superfi 53) UE Superfi 104) AudioTechnica ATH-M50s /LE5) Too many Sony's to mentionAnd, my Home Theater is powered by Krell running Dynaudio speakers.So, while I admit ever so humbly I am by no means an authority on creating that perfect seal first time around, I DO know a little bit about high end audio so take it from this music lover: if your budget is anywhere from $100-$300 don't knock yourself out looking any further....UNLESS you have issues with IN-EAR buds. These bad boys rule the roost under $200 WITHOUT DOUBT and while I've not listened to all buds between $200-$300 I DO have two pair of Ultimate Ear buds in that price range and they pale in comparison to the Etymotic.Also, know that once purchased you may have Etymotic create custom tips for your buds- something I may just consider down the road. For now, I'm using one of the stock foam tips provided in the kit as I find they provide a tighter seal and deliver a little more richness to the listening experience than do the proprietary gel tips that ship on these buds. I've got some Comply Foam Tips coming as KNOW I'll get some use out of them once they arrive January 5, 2014
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Wonderful Big sound and quality at a reasonable price.yes ounce you hear them you'll tell everybody about them. mmmmmmmm Wow! December 24, 2013
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Product is amazing! I am a huge music guy. I'm the guy who doesn't buy the sound system in his car for loudness, but for quality improvement. I can also appreciate music being distorted, or crystal clear.That being said...These headphones have an AMAZING clearness to them that you won't find with anything else. Every detail can be heard, can be caught and almost inspected it.The best way I can compare this headset with other headphones is that of analyzing a painting. You can look at headphones that will put you behind the barrier, looking from a distance, or you can buy these headphones and hold the painting in your hand.The painting is subjective to the music you are listening to. You want a mona lisa? Higher Bit-rates, well encoded music. You want to hold your daughters knock-off finger paint? 64kb rate. Literally, these headphones will make poorly encrypted music sound WORSE, but good encrypted shine.The only downside is the bass volume as you raise the overall volume; it seems to drop off. Even though it drops off, I can say that they are still VERY accurate, and you can hear the bass. When you are wearing these though, the bass won't be your key focus. The clarity in the mids and highs will appeal to you and pull you in and forget the bass has any lacking at all.The quality just can't be passed up. They're like Adidas massage flip flops. Once you get over how far in your ear these buggers go, and you focus more on the music as your comfort increases, you'll find that their is a price / quality ratio that you just can't pass up. Two year warrantee is awesome too by the way. I also like the whole out-of-warrantee deal for a discount on their product line. :-)So go out and grab a pair! With their noise-isolating enclosure into your ear, you can inspect the mona lisas of your playlist by yourself over and over again with the biggest grin on your face. November 4, 2013
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