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Etymotic Research

Etymotic Research MC3 Earphones

The Etymotic MC3 are affordable 'audiophile-grade' stereo in-ear headsets featuring Etymotic-patented moving coil [MC] drivers delivering highly animated sound reproduction, pristine voice / speech clarity and clean musical accuracy at a great value price. Apple 3-button remote on-cord offers easy player control and a top-of-the-category microphone with great off-axis noise rejection for complete iPhone, iPod Touch, and Apple iPad compatibility. Choose your color.

For a more comfortable fit, try the Comply Foam tips!

What We Think:
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 iPhone / iPod Touch-Nano-Shuffle / iPad 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. Four different types of 'universal fit' eartip sleeve types & sizes are included in the MC3 box; definitely try them all for the best possible in-ear fit and sound quality. As a very cool extra, optional audiologist-customized in-ear molds for are easily available via Etymotic after MC3 purchase.This way you can get a fully custom headphone while still using the stock MC3 earphones. 


  • Driver Type: Moving Coil
  • Impedance @ 1kHz: 16 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 100 dB SPL/V
  • Isolation: -18dB ~ -36dB
  • Connector Type: 3.5mm (1/8")
  • Cable Length: 4 ft.
  • Cable Style: Straight Y
  • Weight: 1 oz.
  • Manufacturer Warranty: 2 year

Product Features:

  • Audiophile Etymotic sound quality in a stereo in-ear headset
  • One of the best mics in the category for superb call clarity
  • Near-total noise-blocking isolation from the 'earplug'-like fit
  • Audiologist-customized in-ear molds for MC3 easily available via Etymotic voucher!
  • Multiple colors available
Whats In The Box:
  • Four sizes & types of eartips for best personalized fit
  • Extra set of earpiece filters
  • Filter removal tool
  • Etymotic carrying case

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