The toughest audio products to create are those where there is a significant need to keep overall costs low; at some point, you likely have to accept and carefully deal with the expected minor flaws. Well, Etymotic audio engineers have deftly dealt with the demands of affordable-cost product design in developing the MC3, a reasonably priced stereo headset / in-ear headphone that's virtually free of any glaringly obvious faults given the very accessible price. Superb mic clarity as expected from the original audiology leaders Etymotic Research, along with a beautifully refined, crystalline sound that reproduces both voices and music very effectively with authoritative full-range definition. The MC3's tight bass control ensures no bottom-end bloat and the famously soaring mids & highs we've come to expect from Etymotic Research earphones are fully present, open-toned, and smoothly rendered without grain. A unique Ety-patented Helmholtz resonator side branch within the earpiece sound channel removes an intractable, resonant peak found in most other low-cost earphones, allowing the superior level of sound quality heard in the MC3. We're simply rather astonished by the price-versus-performance ratio of this terrific in-ear stereo headset, and can highly recommend it to folks looking for a wonderful audiophile upgrade to their Apple device listening experience without suffering a painful billfold blow-out.
The Etymotic MC3 cord neatly extends about 4ft and terminates in an angled gold-plated 3.5mm mini-plug jack ideal for connectivity into most Apple devices. The MC3 remote and mic are supported by virtually all Apple products. Three different types of 'universal fit' eartip sleeve types and sizes are included in the box; definitely try them all for the best possible in-ear fit and sound quality. We also recommend aftermarket foam tips from Comply or Shure for a more comfortable fit.