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Etymotic HF3 Earphones with Mic Compatible with iPod / iPhone / iPad - Black

by Etymotic Research
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Soft touch finish in black design
  • Close-proximity high sensitivity microphone
  • Highest output sensitivity with 105 dB SPL sensitivity at 1 kHz at 0.1 mV
  • Kevlar reinforced cable for durability
  • An assortment of noise-isolating ACCU•Fit eartips options to ensure proper seal and comfort
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Etymotic Research Balanced Armature In-Ear Headset with 3-Button Control and Mic - Black Etymotic Research Balanced Armature In-Ear Headset with 3-Button Control and Mic - Black 4.2 out of 5 stars (12)
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 5.1 x 16.5 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
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  • Item model number: ER23-HF3-BLACK
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 17 Sep 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

Product Description

Etymotic hf3 iPhone Headset + Earphones A no compromise high-performance noise-isolating headset + earphones that delivers best-in-class benefits and superior value perfectly matched to the latest product innovations from Apple®. Best sound accuracy 85%+ response accuracy from 20 Hz – 15 kHz Achieves highest output sensitivity in its class with 105 dB SPL sensitivity at 1 kHz at 0.1 mV Accu•Driver™ high performance precision matched balanced armature driver Best noise isolation 35 dB - 42 dB of noise isolation An assortment of noise-isolating ACCU•Fit™ eartip options provide proper sealing of the ear canal Best communication and control Close-proximity high sensitivity microphone Made for Apple iPod® iPhone® and iPad™ functionality Best style and fit Soft touch finish in 3 color options: Black Ruby and Cobalt An assortment of noise-isolating ACCU•Fit eartips options to ensure proper seal and comfort Best durability and warranty 2-year replacement warranty Kevlar®-reinforced cable for durability ACCU•Filter™ User-replaceable filters that protect the balanced armature driver from ear wax Made for: iPod touch (2nd and 3rd generation) iPod classic iPod nano (4th and 5th generation) iPod shuffle (3rd generation) iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 iPad

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Dewey
Colour Name:BLACK|Verified Purchase
I've had these for a couple of months now and can only say good things about them. Once correctly inserted into the ear, sound quality is truly excellent. I regularly listen to a wide variety of music ranging from rock to dance to alternative and the depth and range of music is (in my opinion, as they should be) far better than the Klipsch S4i headphones I tried previously. The phone control buttons are also good and despite having to get used to not hearing your voice as clearly as the call recipient (ears isolated from outside noise) people receiving calls have all confirmed that sound quality is excellent. In brief, I'm very happy with the HF3's and the icing on the cake is that they block out the noise pollution of household noises such as TV or other music I don't want to hear whilst revealing elements in music I've sometimes not noticed before.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, just be careful. 12 May 2011
Colour Name:RUBY
These earphones are great. Hands down they are the best earphones I've ever used. Only problem? I had to go to an NHS Walk-In Centre to have the earbud removed from my ear due to it detatching and becoming completely stuck. Don't let this put you off though these earphones and Etymotic are great.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed them intially, but can't recommend 28 May 2012
By Jack
Colour Name:BLACK|Verified Purchase
Whilst there are many positives about these earphones, ultimately I can't recommend them.


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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the price should indicate 8 Feb 2012
By Moskole
Colour Name:BLACK
I had high expectations, but considering the price I think that they are only ok - not anything exceptional. The sound is good but not great and the microphone is only ok. They do have some very good features but overall a slight disappointment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sound 27 Jan 2014
Colour Name:BLACK|Verified Purchase
I have been using these Etymotics with my i devices for a couple of years and they are simply excellent. I have had many pairs of headphones form a variety of reputable brands, though I have never paid this much, and these are definitely the best sounding one I have ever owned. The sound is clear and detailed, with the bass in perfect proportion. What's more, they cut out external noise very effectively meaning you can listen at a comfortable level and enjoy perfect isolation. I bought a set of replacement tips once I found the ones that suited me best (actually the clear flanged ones shown in the image). I can't recommend these headphones enough.
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By Davo H
Colour Name:BLACK|Verified Purchase
The main purpose of this review is to give people an idea of the long term robustness of these headphones. Mine have just gone past the two year mark (purchased 5th Jan 2011 through Amazon) and have reached the end of their life.

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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent... unless you like LOADS of bass.
I bought these (to replace the supplied iPhone earphones) as at the time, there didn't appear to me many earphones out there with full player / call / volume controls and a... Read more
Published 16 months ago by M. Rockport
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Earphones I've Ever Tried
I felt strongly enough to write a negative review to warn people off buying these.

They cost £130 at an Apple store (a considered purchase after reading several reviews)... Read more
Published 17 months ago by J. Flett
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst headphones ever!
Deciding to spend a bit more and treat myself I opted for these, on special offer at £99.99 at the time. I was looking for 3 things: comfort, sound quality and flexibility. Read more
Published on 21 Feb 2012 by JC
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing sound but...
As documented the sound reproduction is incredible, although be aware that these are probably not for bassheads (I don't like too much bass anyway, especially muddy bass). Read more
Published on 21 Feb 2012 by L. Shao
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly great sound
These headphones are amazing. The quality is outstanding both bass and treble. Buy the one with the curved jack as the straight one did give me problems. Read more
Published on 19 Nov 2011 by R. Bishop
5.0 out of 5 stars Very comfortable earphones
The sound quality has been well documented by others so I will skip that. They do sound amazing.
The thing that I was worried about before buying these earphones was how... Read more
Published on 1 Sep 2011 by MJH
3.0 out of 5 stars Great headphones, unless you sweat
I would recommend these headphones as the are comfortable in the ear and the sound reproduction at the top end and mid range is very good. Read more
Published on 22 July 2011 by Wolfie
5.0 out of 5 stars Best headphones ever!
These headphones are amazing! I'm no sound expert but the sound coming from these on my iPhone 4 is incredible, the clarity, bass and treble, the hidden sounds that I've missed out... Read more
Published on 7 April 2011 by Mr. M. Skinner
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