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Etymotic Research mc3 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Stereo Headphones with Mic (Red)

B&H # ETMC3R Mfr # ER7-MC3-RED-I
No Longer Available
Product Highlights
  • Highly Accurate Sound Reproduction
  • Noise-Isolating In-Ear Fit
  • Multiple Types of Eartips
  • Inline Microphone and Remote
  • Replaceable Filters
  • Kevlar-Reinforced Cable
  • 3.5mm Plug
  • Storage Pouch Included

The mc3 in-ear headphones from Etymotic Research provide high-quality performance in a compact and affordable package. The headphones feature high-output neodymium moving coil drivers to provide a better than 85% response accuracy with tight bass and clear treble at all volume levels. User-replaceable ACCU·Filters protect the drivers from earwax and other debris to ensure lasting quality and clarity. The in-ear design and assortment of noise-isolating ACCU·Fit eartips provide a proper seal in the ear canal to reduce outside noise by 35-42dB. A CUSTOM·FIT option is also available that allows you to purchase custom-made eartips that are specifically designed for your ears.

The Kevlar-reinforced cable offers lasting durability and has an inline microphone and remote control for use with iPods, iPhones, and iPads. The close-proximity high sensitivity microphone provides clear vocal pickup, while the remote lets you play and pause music, skip tracks, and answer phone calls on the iPhone. The standard 3.5mm plug provides compatibility with a variety of MP3 players, CD players, and other devices. The headphones have a high-gloss polished aluminum finish that's available in 4 different colors, perfect for matching your iPod, mood, or outfit. A compact pouch is included for storage and travel.

Note! The remote and mic are supported only by iPod nano (4th, 5th, and 6th generation), iPod classic (120GB, 160GB only), iPod touch (2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation), iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, and iPad. The remote is supported by iPod shuffle (3rd generation). Audio is supported by all iPod models. Requires latest iPod software.

High-output neodymium moving coil drivers to provide a better than 85% response accuracy with tight bass and clear treble at all volume levels
User-replaceable ACCU·Filters protect the drivers from earwax and other debris to ensure lasting quality and clarity
The in-ear design and assortment of noise-isolating ACCU·Fit eartips provide a proper seal in the ear canal to reduce outside noise by 35-42dB. A CUSTOM·FIT option is also available that allows you to purchase custom-made eartips that are specifically designed for your ears
The Kevlar-reinforced cable offers lasting durability
An inline microphone and remote control for use with iPods, iPhones, and iPads. The close-proximity high sensitivity microphone provides clear vocal pickup, while the remote lets you play and pause music, skip tracks, and answer phone calls on the iPhone
The standard 3.5mm plug provides compatibility with a variety of MP3 players, CD players, and other devices
The headphones have a high-gloss polished aluminum finish that's available in 4 different colors, perfect for matching your iPod, mood, or outfit
A compact pouch is included for storage and travel
Type In-Ear
Drivers 8mm Neodymium Moving Coils
Frequency Range 20Hz - 15kHz
Impedance 16 Ohms
Sensitivity 100dB
SPL 120dB
Maximum Input Power Not Specified by Manufacturer
Isolation 35-42dB
Connectors 3.5mm Stereo Mini Plug
Cable Length 4' (1.2 m)
Weight Not Specified by Manufacturer
Etymotic Research mc3 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Stereo Headphones with Mic (Red)
  • 3 x Pairs of ACCU·Fit Eartips
  • Pair of ACCU·Filters
  • Clothing Clip
  • Storage Pouch
  • 2-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Etymotic Researchmc3 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Stereo Headphones with Mic (Blue)
     
    3.8

    (based on 18 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    63%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (12)
    • Lightweight (12)
    • Durable (6)
    • Simple controls (6)
    • Compact (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel (8)
      • Commuting (4)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (15)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Business professional (7), Practical (7)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (17)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Excellent Isolation and Neutral Sound

      This is my second pair of Etymotics. I previously had the er-6i and the cord broke from the stress of wrapping it around my ipod. These have a much better cord that seems...Read complete review

      This is my second pair of Etymotics. I previously had the er-6i and the cord broke from the stress of wrapping it around my ipod. These have a much better cord that seems more durable. The isolation is excellent (as to be expected with this brand) and the sound is crisp, clear, and most important to me... neutral. These don't artificially boost the bass like some brands, so you actually hear the sound as it was meant to be played.

      The only thing I miss with these is the clip on the cord which secures the cord to your shirt. Without it, the cord bounces around a lot and you get quite a bit of cord noise up through the headphones.

      Also, it should be noted that the controls work perfect on the ipod (as adverised). On my Android phone however, the skip-back (3 presses of the button) did not work.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Not sure I'd buy again!

      Quality is OK, but here is what I don't like about these headphones:1. Sound quality is fair and noise reduction only works by jamming ear buds as far as they will go into...Read complete review

      Quality is OK, but here is what I don't like about these headphones:1. Sound quality is fair and noise reduction only works by jamming ear buds as far as they will go into your ear canal to shut out outside sounds2. 3-button control with microphone is located high on the cable to be close to your mouth but is awkward to operate due to location3. 3-button control for sound, etc. works OK for iPhone 4 but will not control Classic iPod or Macbook Pro computer volume +/-/pause.4. When using keypad on iPhone 4, no dial tones are heard while dialingI would look around before spending [$] on these headphones.

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      4.0

      Extremely good sound isolation

      By Brian

      from Virginia

      Comments about mc3 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Stereo Headphones with Mic (Black):

      these headphones provide excellent isolation from outside sound. So well that it is necessary to use the external mic with awareness app if you intend to walk or ride in traffic. The bass response is not as good as the Aavantree Sacool bluetooth headphones I own but they are more comfortable and the wide selection of your tips is a great benefit. Previously I used musicians air plugs by Etymotic which influenced my decision to try these headphones. I would recommend these to anyone looking for decent quality headphones with good sound isolation. However it is very important to find that your tips that seal perfectly to your ears

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      2.0

      Lousy mic

      By jp-the-man

      from New York City

      About Me Business Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about mc3 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Stereo Headphones with Mic (Blue):

          I have always been a big fan of the Etymotics brand. The noise isolation in their products is the best out there. That combined with small size has made me a fan over the years.
          This purchase was my 5th pair. It was a mistake. My intention was to use it on my laptop. The people that I talk to over Skype dont hear me. So I have given up using it.

          • Primary use:
          • Business
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Best Headphones for Work Under $[$]

          By iHartsough

          from New York, NY

          About Me Business Professional, Music Enthusiast, Musician, Practical

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Durable
          • Easy Controls
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • at Work
            • Commuting
            • Long Talks
            • Phone Calls On Street
            • Travel

            Comments about mc3 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Stereo Headphones with Mic (Black):

            I use these headphones every day at work and on my commute. They are perfect for blocking extra noise from subway cars and coworkers. The sound is crystal clear, and not nearly so bass-heavy by default. The combination of these features means I can listen to anything from Haydn quartets to house music without blowing my ears out.

            Some might find that the ear bud size options aren't for them. They also sit far in your ears (more so than most buds). I don't mind this, since it helps block noise without active sound canceling (battery-eating) tech.

            HIGHLY recommend.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great selection of ear pieces

            By Jeff

            from Pa

            About Me Practical

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about mc3 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Stereo Headphones with Mic (Blue):

                Work great

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                good sound uncomortable bass shy

                By Alanpiga

                from NYC

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy Controls
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Commuting

                  Comments about mc3 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Stereo Headphones with Mic (Black):

                  This earphones produce an honest sound with enough detail but they are uncomfortable because you have to have a very tight fit and I could get it only with the foam inserts. I didn't try the custom fittings but read somewhere they are hard therefore I am not sure they will add to comfort. They are not bass champs I would say they are bass shy even in a tight fit situation.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Good isolating earbuds

                  By Jeff in Cincy

                  from Cincinnati, OH

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Easy Controls
                  • Good Isolation
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about mc3 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Stereo Headphones with Mic (Black):

                      Great for use where you really want total isolation from outside sound. I use them when cutting the grass, doing woodworking, and the like. They have an app that uses the mic to feed in outside sound, but I found it really drains the battery. In order to get the isolation, they do seat deep into your ear canal, so if you are sensitive to pressure in the ear, these may not be for you. Sound quality is great.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      4.0

                      very good

                      By marcos

                      from new york, ny

                      About Me Business Professional, Practical

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Durable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Long Talks

                        Comments about mc3 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Stereo Headphones with Mic (Red):

                        personal use

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        4.0

                        This one is Alright

                        By Eric Li

                        from Melbourne, Australia

                        About Me Student

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Noise isolation

                        Cons

                        • Poor Bass
                        • Poor Design

                        Best Uses

                        • Travel

                        Comments about mc3 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Stereo Headphones with Mic (Red):

                        Poor Bass, super poor bass.
                        Build quality is pretty good

                        Comes with very nice accessories.

                        But i can't really fit the ear tips that comes original in it.
                        But other ear tips works great.
                        Super great noise isolation.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        3.0

                        3

                        By Ian

                        from New York

                        About Me Practical

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about mc3 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Stereo Headphones with Mic (Red):

                            You have to buy extra ear pieces with this item The manual says that every few weeks you should change the earpiece since they start deforming. My foam earpiece already started breaking up.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Crystal clear with ample range

                            By Ross

                            from Dallas

                            About Me Business Professional, Practical

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Easy Controls

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Travel

                              Comments about mc3 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Stereo Headphones with Mic (Black):

                              If your used to apple headphones, these will feel awkward at first. Love them. The pfoam headset covers dampen external noise so well I could even hear what a friend said while wearing them

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              3.0

                              Sound fine - foam inserts broke quickly

                              By Dr

                              from nyc

                              About Me Business Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Commuting

                                Comments about mc3 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Stereo Headphones with Mic (Red):

                                These sound great with excellent sound isolation but the included foam inserts broke quickly. I have other etymotic research as well as shure in-ear phones and both isolate noise well but shure foam earplugs last many times longer in my experience. I only use foam inserts since they isolate noise better for me.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal
                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                2.0

                                Not sure I'd buy again!

                                By Blobbo

                                from Philadelphia, PA

                                About Me Business Professional

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy Controls

                                Cons

                                • Poor Design

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about mc3 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Stereo Headphones with Mic (Blue):

                                  Quality is OK, but here is what I don't like about these headphones:1. Sound quality is fair and noise reduction only works by jamming ear buds as far as they will go into your ear canal to shut out outside sounds2. 3-button control with microphone is located high on the cable to be close to your mouth but is awkward to operate due to location3. 3-button control for sound, etc. works OK for iPhone 4 but will not control Classic iPod or Macbook Pro computer volume +/-/pause.4. When using keypad on iPhone 4, no dial tones are heard while dialingI would look around before spending [$] on these headphones.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal
                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Excellent noise isolation

                                  By jwb

                                  from Jonesborough, TN

                                  About Me Gearhead, Practical

                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Sound
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy Controls
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Music
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about mc3 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Stereo Headphones with Mic (Black):

                                    I recently purchased these in-ear headphones for my iPod touch. After reading bad reviews on the Apple in-ear headphones on other websites, I decided to try these instead. I wasn't sure what to except from this brand. Needless to say I was surprised at how great the noise isolation is with these headphones. The sound is clear and there isn't any added bass with this set.

                                    The Apple earbuds with the remote and mic just can't stand up to these! They are pitiful compared to this set! I would highly recommend these to anyone who wants to actually hear their music free from background noise.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal
                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

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                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    4.0

                                    Nice headphones

                                    By Tim

                                    from St. Petersburg, Fla

                                    About Me Audiophile, Gear Head

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Good Value
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Portable Devices
                                      • Working Out

                                      Comments about mc3 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Stereo Headphones with Mic (Blue):

                                      Bought these for use while out walking. Wanted a pair that won't fall out like the ones that come with the iPhone. Works well at that. Takes a little getting used to as you have to get them set deep in your ear. Try the different included tips for a fit that suits you.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal
                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                      • No

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                                      4.0

                                      Excellent Isolation and Neutral Sound

                                      By af13

                                      from Chicago, IL

                                      About Me Gearhead, Practical

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Clear Sound
                                      • Durable
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                      • Missing shirt clip

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Commuting
                                      • Travel

                                      Comments about mc3 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Stereo Headphones with Mic (Black):

                                      This is my second pair of Etymotics. I previously had the er-6i and the cord broke from the stress of wrapping it around my ipod. These have a much better cord that seems more durable. The isolation is excellent (as to be expected with this brand) and the sound is crisp, clear, and most important to me... neutral. These don't artificially boost the bass like some brands, so you actually hear the sound as it was meant to be played.

                                      The only thing I miss with these is the clip on the cord which secures the cord to your shirt. Without it, the cord bounces around a lot and you get quite a bit of cord noise up through the headphones.

                                      Also, it should be noted that the controls work perfect on the ipod (as adverised). On my Android phone however, the skip-back (3 presses of the button) did not work.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal
                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                      • No

                                      Share this review

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      As Advertised!

                                      By bobkro

                                      from Columbus, OH

                                      About Me Frequent Traveler

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Comfortable
                                      • Compact
                                      • Durable
                                      • Good Bass
                                      • Great Sound
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Stylish

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Portable Devices
                                        • Relaxing
                                        • Traveling

                                        Comments about mc3 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Stereo Headphones with Mic (Red):

                                        Excelent sound quality, very comfortable, amazing noise reduction.

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Personal
                                        • Was this a gift?:
                                        • No

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                                        4.0

                                        great quality but weird button placement

                                        By raf sanchez

                                        from hong kong

                                        About Me Business Professional

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Clear Sound
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                        • Poor button placement

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Travel

                                        Comments about mc3 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Stereo Headphones with Mic (Black):

                                        I really like these headphones but I find the button placement very strange. The control buttons are located very close to the right earphone and it takes some time to get used to feeling your way around the buttons (as you cannot see them).

                                        I have previously used Ultimate Ears iPhone headsets and found the button placement better (but the earphones larger and heavier and therefore they fell out of my ears more often).

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Business
                                        • Was this a gift?:
                                        • No

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                                        (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        3.0

                                        High quality audio, good noise control

                                        By bpmendoza

                                        from Brooklyn, NY

                                        About Me Frequent Traveler, Gear Head

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Compact
                                        • Durable
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Music
                                          • Relaxing
                                          • Traveling

                                          Comments about mc3 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Stereo Headphones with Mic (Black):

                                          A good quality headset that seems to control ambient noise without the cost or bulk of the over the ear noise-cancelling headsets I was considering as alternatives.

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Personal
                                          • Was this a gift?:
                                          • No

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