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

3.8 out of 5 stars 25 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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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 5.1 x 16.5 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 23 g
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  • Item model number: ER23-HF3-BLACK
  • ASIN: B003YTROIU
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 17 Sept. 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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Product description

Product Description

Best-in-Class
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®.

Selecting an Eartip
The eartip that is most comfortable is the likely choice, but it MUST SEAL well in your ear. If you can easily hear others when the volume is off, you don’t have a good seal. Twist it in deeper, or choose another eartip.

When changing eartips make sure the eartip fits securely on the stem of the earphone.
Proper Insertion
Earphone Insertion Video
tab Important: Sound quality, full bass response and noise isolation all depend on a good eartip seal in the ear canal. View Earphone Insertion Video

- 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.
- 3-flange eartip: Moistening eases insertion.
- Foam eartip: Roll down or compress foam eartip before inserting. Hold the eartip in place for about 5 seconds while the foam expands to create a tight seal in the ear canal.
- Glider eartip: Simply push into ear canal.

Removal
Remove earphones slowly with a twisting motion to gradually break the seal. Do not pull on the cable to remove the earphones.
3-Button Control
Listening to Music*
Play/Pause
While listening to music:

- Press the END/SEND button once to Pause music.
- Press the END/SEND button again to resume music.

Track
While listening to music:

- Press the END/SEND button twice rapidly to track forward.
- Press the END/SEND button three times rapidly to track back.

Answering a Call
Music automatically mutes and pauses for an incoming call.
To answer a call while listening to music:

- Press the END/SEND button to answer the call.

Disconnecting a Call

- Press the END/SEND button to disconnect the call.
- Music automatically resumes.

Additional functionality of the center button varies among Apple devices.
Care


- Do not expose the earphones to extreme temperatures.
- Avoid dropping and strong impact.
- Leave eartips on the earphones for shock protection.
- Do not pull on the cord to remove the earphone from the audio device or the ear.
- Clean or replace eartips prior to use by others.

Cleaning and Replacing Eartips
Over time eartips may lose their elasticity. For best performance and retention, replace 3-flange eartips every 3-6 months. Replace foam and glider eartips regularly.

To clean the 3-flange eartips:

1. Remove the eartip from the earphone.
2. Clean with water and mild soap.
3. Dry the eartip before placing it back on the earphone.

About the Filters
hf3 headset + earphones have special filters that smooth the frequency response and prevent earwax from entering the earphones. A filter is located at the end of the earphone and is visible when the eartip is removed. If a filter becomes clogged, it should be replaced. A dirty filter will reduce earphone output. A filter should be changed if the loudness decreases or the sound quality declines.
Other Characteristics:
Cable length: 1.2 m
Colour of product: Black
Connectivity technology: Wired
Headphone connectivity: 3.5 mm
Headphone frequency: 20 - 15000 Hz
Headphone sensitivity: 105 dB
Headset type: Binaural
Impedance: 16 Ω
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR): 35 dB


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Customer Reviews

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Colour: 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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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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Colour: Black Verified Purchase
Whilst there are many positives about these earphones, ultimately I can't recommend them.

Pros:

Crisp, insightful, transparent sound. Remote mic/volume controls are also useful. Noise isolation is good too.

Cons:

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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Colour: Blue Verified Purchase
A magnificent pair of headphones with the added advantage of a microphone & controls that put it ahead of the HF-5's.

The audio is excellent, and the varienty of headphone covers provided ensure proper ear fitting and thus an excellent sound quality. Even better is that these headphone can have custom fit ear-moulds created for them, meaning you bin all of the funny rubber, foam and other such attachments for a pair of properly moulded in ear mounts that provide you with perfect listening. I was purchased the 'custom-fit' earmoulds as a birthday present and contacted the firm (ACS) who after signing me up informed me that although earmoulds were supposed to be £80 - £90 (I can't rememeber which) because I had been signed up I could not get them for £75 ish for the pair - this included the creation of moulds of the interior of my ears (done at my local ACS vendor, which happened to be Boots) to a full laser 3d scan of the moulds and the creation of full hypoallergenic moulds which can fit these earphones. The laser scans are apparently kept of file for at least 5 years and at any time you can order a new pair to be made up, in any of the huge variety of colours (or see through) - only trouble at the time of writing this delivery time is about 3 weeks due to a massive surge in orders due to ACS being featured in a professional drumming magazine.

Anyway back to these headphones, they arrived promptly and my only niggle which prevents them from scoring the full 5* rating is that the cable shirt/jacket clip needed to be fitted by the end user and there was no indication of where on the cable the clamp was to be fitted and nothing to make the fitting simple, so aside from that which may or may not apply to you, a truely great product which does exactly what it says and produces a really great listening experience
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Colour: 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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