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Etymotic HF3

$149.00
MSRP $149.00
Stock Status: 1 to 2 Weeks.
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From innovators of the 'in-ear monitor' category comes Etymotic HF3, a balanced armature stereo headset with Apple 3-button control and pure Etymotic microphone clarity. Clear voice intelligibility allows easy telephone calls with "audiophile-grade" sound. Quick musical dynamics close to (non-mic) Ety ER-4P model plus 98% ambient noise-blocking from earplug-like fit of the HF3 earpieces makes these an awesome choice for mobile moderns. Optional custom-molds for max performance & wearing comfort are available at an audiologist via Etymotic after purchase. Choose from 3 colors!


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Product Features:

  • Clear, clean sound and superb microphone system
  • Best possible noise-blocking and isolation ability
  • Optional audiologist-customized in-ear molds easily available
  • 3 cool colors to choose from

What's In The Box:

  • 4 sizes/types of 'universal fit' eartip sleeves
  • Extra earpiece filter sets
  • Filter removal tool for HF3
  • Travel & storage pouch
  • Owner's manual

Applications:

Etymotic Research steps up their game with a slew of great in-ear products geared for mobile music buffs wanting top sound quality performance and Apple iPhone-ready features at prices that won't break the bank. The Etymotic HF3 'headset' neatly fits that bill and delivers lively musical definition from 20Hz all the way up to 15,000kHz with extended dynamic range quickness and perhaps the clearest mic system in the category, along with some vibrant color choices to boot. Etymotic's uncompromising ER-4P signature tone remains audibly in place with the HF3 and presents a very clear response in the mids & highs -- the frequency ranges where voices and human speech occurs -- all underpinned by an extremely clean bass response. Claiming the best possible noise-blocking (up to -42dB!) from the deep 'earplug-like' fit of the HF3 earpieces, the isolation of this headset is blissfully sublime for the ultimate listening privacy. Etymotic's high-sensitivity microphone is their own proprietary design and works wonderfully to deliver your iPhone / smartphone calls with pristine speech intelligibility and voice resolution. Plus the handy 3-button Apple remote allows users to navigate their music and control calls at the flick of a switch. Great stuff and very highly recommended for music lovers rocking their iPhone 3GS, Apple iPad, and iPod Touch. Choose from 3 colors!

The Etymotic HF3 cord neatly extends about 4ft and terminates in a curved gold-plated 3.5mm mini-plug jack ideal for mobile music players and all iPhones (except 1st Generation).  Four different types of 'universal fit' eartip sleeve types & sizes are included in the HF3 box; try them all for the best possible in-ear fit and sound. As a very cool extra, optional audiologist-customized in-ear molds for are easily available via Etymotic after purchase; any customer purchasing an Etymotic product can register their product at Etymotic.com.  After registering, you can print a voucher from the Etymotic site, then schedule an appointment with an audiologist in the Etymotic network (which can be located through the Etymotic website by entering your zip code).  You'll then take the voucher to the audiologist appointment, the audiologist will take impressions of your ears and send the impressions  -- along with the voucher -- to the Ety labs. Customer pays nothing to the audiologist; the lab will contact you for credit card payment (for $100); the lab then produces the molds and ships them to the customer with the lab compensating the audiologist. 

Specifications:

  • Sensitivity: 105dB
  • Manufacturer Warranty: 2 Years
  • Headphone Type: In-Ear
  • Isolation: -36dB ~ -42dB
  • Impedance @ 1kHz: 16 Ohms
  • Cord Length: 4ft
  • Cord Type: Straight Y
  • Coupler Size: Small
  • Ear Coupler Type: IEM
  • Driver Type: Balanced Armature
  • Microphone: Yes

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Superb headphones at a very reasonable price
Posted by LovethatJava from Houston, TX on 2013-07-29

Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Robust, small, extremely neutral and open, great noise isolation
Cons: Uncomfortable until you find the right earfoam for you

I tend to prefer a slightly bass-rich sound and am very sensitive to treble anomalies; the HF3 have been a big surprise.
These are truly great headphones.
They have a slightly lightweight, lean balance, with a clear, open, neutral, and naturally detailed mid range. High frequencies are extended, detailed, airy, slightly dry, transparent, and well balanced with the midrange. Lower midrange, upper, mid, and low bass are balanced a dB or two low vs. the midrange. Bass extension is good (to at least 35 Hz), definition is excellent.
The overall presentation is a very clean, clear, fresh look into the music. Detail resolution is excellent. Highly compressed pop sounds hashy and congested. On the other hand, uncompressed electronic music can be astounding. Well recorded high frequency information is a revelation- see Lyle Lovett's "The Road to Ensenada" or "Release Me" for good examples of delicate, shimmering cymbals, and plucked metal-stringed guitar. The midrange is slightly dry, which I generally dislike on speakers because it sounds like a papery layer between me and the music, but not so here. The dryness seems instead to be a layer of information I don't normally get.
They don't really image, although I've yet to hear much of an image on any headphone.
They pack into a very nicely sized padded zipper pouch, convenient for travel. Robust so far, I've had them for a year, use them almost daily at work (office), periodically on the treadmill, and on a few trans-pacific flights. The cord has been snagged and pulled at least a dozen times. They don't look like much, which for me is a pro- less likely to get stolen. They sit deep in the ear, very similar to an earplug; best to try all the earfoam available for the best fit. Bass is nonexistent if they aren't sealed to your ear canal, so take the time to do this properly. Because they require a seal, long listening sessions can result in some ear-canal fatigue similar to wearing earplugs for a long duration. I have yet to experience true listening fatigue with these. I'm currently using the dark gray cylindrical ear-plug style foam, will be trying the aftermarket foam bits also. The tri-flange and half-round styles didn't work at all for me.


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good stock, much better with custom molds
Posted by Volsfan0911 from Ellicott City, MD on 2012-11-16

Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: clarity, efficient, detail, air, great noise isolation
Cons: plug broke after 12 months, uncomfortable with stock ear pieces

I found the triple flange pads excruciating (brain rape). Also no bass due to lack of a decent seal. Broke down and tried the custom molds. Total transformation for me and suddenly I had BASS along with long term comfort and outstanding outside noise isolation. Getting the noise floor down also opened up and enhanced all the other great things with the Etys. For road warriors (and I fly frequently) my custom mold rig is a God send. Get them in and you hear no pilots, flight attendants, screaming babies or the idiot sitting next to you. They make the Etys pretty analytical as well - if the source material sucks, you'll know it immediately. Great detail, resolution and air. With the custom molds, the midrange fattened up to near perfection (hello Ella and Diana Krall - wow) along with the above mentioned bass. Hip hop booming? No. Tight, accurate and much more extended than with the standard tips? Yep. For the money I got a noise isolation setup that was more effective than the Blowz QC15, much smaller and easier to transport and sounded a heckuva lot better IMHO. Waiting the 4 weeks for the custom molds to arrive sucks though.......


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Very nice sweet spot
Posted by Steve from Michigan on 2012-03-28

Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Very crisp and sharp; good sense of
Cons: mic doesn't sync with Droid X

Sound improves with age, so give them a break in period. These are the first in-ear units that have ever come close to my full size units. The HF3's are used for gaming, music and occaisional tv. Biggest down side to these is that you can now hear every little imperfection in the music, minor background noises and other distractions; makes you definitely appreciate good clean recordings. I also have the airhead portable headphone amp that I use with my full size units, but can detect no difference when I team the HF3's with the amp (age may be showing for me). I did have an issue with my HF3's and the CSR support from Etymotic and HeadRoom was outstanding. If you are going to spend this type of money on earbuds, knowing that the company stands fully behind the product makes it even easier. It takes some experimenting to find to find the different adaptors that work best for you, and as others have said, the deeper you can seat the units, the better the music. So take the time to experiment and find which adaptors are best for you.


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