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Etymotic Research hf3 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Stereo Headphones with Mic (Black)

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Product Highlights
  • Highly Accurate Sound Reproduction
  • Balanced Armature Drivers
  • 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 hf3 in-ear headphones from Etymotic Research provide high-quality performance in a compact and affordable package. The headphones feature precision-matched Accu·Driver balanced armatures to provide a better than 85% response accuracy with tight bass, clear treble, and an extremely high output sensitivity. 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 35-42 dB. 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 an elegant soft touch finish that's available in 3 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.

Precision-matched Accu·Driver balanced armatures provide a better than 85% response accuracy with tight bass, clear treble, and an extremely high output sensitivity
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 35-42 dB. 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
Note
The remote and mic are supported only by Apple devices.
Please check which models will work with these in-ear headsets
Type In-Ear
Drivers High-Performance Balanced Accu·Driver Armatures
Frequency Range 20 Hz - 15 kHz
Impedance 16 Ohms
Sensitivity 105 dB
SPL 120 dB
Maximum Input Power Not Specified by Manufacturer
Isolation 35-42 dB
Connectors 3.5 mm Stereo Mini Plug
Cable Length 4' (1.2 m)
Weight Not Specified by Manufacturer
Etymotic Research hf3 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Stereo Headphones with Mic (Black)
  • 3 x Pairs of ACCU·Fit Eartips
  • Pair of ACCU·Filters
  • Filter Tool
  • Clothing Clip
  • Storage Pouch
  • 2-Year Limited Warranty
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    Etymotic Researchhf3 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Stereo Headphones with Mic (Black)
     
    4.7

    (based on 15 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (12)
    • Good audio (9)
    • Simple controls (7)
    • Clear signal (3)
    • Connects easily (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel (9)
      • Commuting (4)
      • Music (4)
      • Multitasking (3)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (12)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Business professional (11), Gearhead (6), Practical (6), Parent (4)
        • Mobile Platform:
        • Android (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (12)

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      5.0

      2ND REVIEW; Impressions after broken-in

      By PeterK

      from Demarest, NJ

      About Me Business Professional, Gearhead, Parent, Practical, Student

      Pros

      • Clear Signal
      • Connects Easily
      • Fits well in ear
      • Good Sound
      • Good Volume Control
      • Just Darn Good Headphone
      • Lightweight
      • Noise Cancellation

      Cons

      • Sticks Out A Wee Bit More

      Best Uses

      • Around The House
      • Hands-free Driving
      • Multitasking
      • Music
      • Office
      • Travel

      Comments about hf3 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Stereo Headphones with Mic (Black):

      My first review had stated that these speakers had decent bass compared to my Denon's. However, yesterday (from respective of the review date), suddenly, I've noticed something astounding. Low end portion of the headphones seemed to have broken in after many hours of listening to variety of music plus over hundreds of hours of being on the phone. BTW, I use a Motorola G Android phone with this pair and I must say, I am totally hooked on using these headphones for everything. I just cannot take them off, it fits perfect and blocks out so much external sounds.Now onto the impression about bass; it's fantastic. It's the perfect balance I've been wanting for a long time. Just for sake of comparison, I thought my Denon had good bass. But after comparing the same music with the hf3 and Denon, I've realized what I have been missing out for past two years. Denon's were simply no match for hf3's. I immediately took off the Denon and were so happy to plug in the hf3. This is the best headphones I've owned so far and now thinking of getting a second pair. One caution; you have to be patient for the headphones to be broken in; it takes many hours so just be patient. As they say, your patience will be rewarded.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Mobile Platform:
      • Android
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Refreshing to hear mids come alive!

      By PeterK

      from Demarest NJ

      About Me Business Professional, Gearhead, Parent, Student

      Pros

      • Clear Signal
      • Connects Easily
      • Fits well in ear
      • Good Sound
      • Lightweight
      • Noise Cancellation

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Around The House
        • Multitasking
        • Music
        • Office
        • Travel

        Comments about hf3 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Stereo Headphones with Mic (Black):

        I just received these headphones today. First thing I noticed was that some reviews were not so quite accurate. For example, fit; it fits my ears perfectly and it blocks external noise as much as my study/exam ear plugs. Second, the frequency response specs are conservative meaning I hear all the details as the headphones advertised as 20Hz - 20KHz; these are advertised as 20-15KHz and it actually sounds better.This is my first $+ headphone and I am using Cowon Z2. I thought Cowon was so-so but with these headphones, can't stop playing music!Okay, here's my take on sound. The mids sounds so crisp and detailed, the front end vocals no longer drowns out the mids. I always thought that music should not sound like that. For example, when you go to concerts, you heard the vocals and instruments right? Exactly, these headphones will almost equalize them like live music.Only, minute downsize; don't expect heart thumping bass like lower-end headphones in the $- range. But a nice player like Cowon can somewhat equalize the lows and mids, so you can get that extra thump if you choose. But when you hear those mids comes alive, I don't think you will miss those heavy low end much -- actually, I am so far satisfied and feel that this was a good purchase.I am looking forward to these headphones become broken in.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Mobile Platform:
        • Android
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Best in Class

        By "JD"

        from New York, NY

        About Me Business Professional, Gearhead, Practical

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Signal
        • Connects Easily
        • Fits well in ear
        • Good Sound
        • Good Volume Control
        • Lightweight
        • Noise Cancellation

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Multitasking
          • Music
          • Travel

          Comments about hf3 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Stereo Headphones with Mic (Black):

          Superb earbuds with superb sound and a superb fit. Durable. I use them every day. Great customer service, too.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Mobile Platform:
          • Android
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Great fidelity and functionality

          By Owen

          from New York City

          About Me Midrange Shopper

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Ambient Noise Isolation
          • Good Microphone
          • Music Fidelity

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Loud Environments
            • Music And Phone Calls

            Comments about hf3 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Stereo Headphones with Mic (Black):

            Very good fidelity for music listening, combined with the functionality of a phone headset. Apparently the microphone works well, too, because people on the other end can always hear me clearly.

            These also save your hearing, once you get the hang of the sound isolating earbuds. With 20-30 db of sound blocked out, you can listen to music and still subject your ears to less sound pressure than they would encounter without the Etymotics.

            • I Am A:
            • Single Male

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            5.0

            Excellent in so many ways

            By Chickenless head

            from brooklyn

            Comments about hf3 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Stereo Headphones with Mic (Black):

            It is well built, I use it for my 40 minute Brooklyn to Manhattan bike commute, the first pair lasted about 3 years ( I lost them), the cable is quiet and doesn't tangle, it lasts longer than any other set I've ever owned, no bad contacts ever, so far, then there is the convenience of the mic, allows toy to control the volume and the sequence of the music or whatever program you're listening to. Then there is the sound, I am embarrassed to admit I am an audiophile, have a high end Hi Fi system at home, tubes, turntable, DAC, these earphones covey the music in a very accurate and high resolution way, the sound is very neutral, nothing is exaggerated or decreased, the tones are as complex as the real instruments sound, and they communicate texture and detail well, more importantly they allow the drama, and the emotion to engage the listener with ter reproduction of musical timing and rhythms. This is my third pair, I've tried shire, monster, Panasonic, urban ears, aiaiai, skull candy, these are by far the best for the money, the twice as expensive monter turbine ( no longer made) have a warmer funkier sound , but are less clear and transparent to the source. Finally, they are in ear, so they are safer than other types. BTW when I ride I listen to upbeat music, that include rock & roll classics, roots reggae and dub, lately- OFF! And Damian ' Jr Gong' Marley.

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            5.0

            Awesome buds for the $$! Best in class!

            By TheGoodJudge

            from Oakland, CA

            About Me Business Professional, Practical

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Gym workouts
              • Travel

              Comments about hf3 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Stereo Headphones with Mic (Black):

              I liked these headphones so muchI just ordered my second pair to replace so on ear headphones I've used for travel. I intend to ultimately go to an audiologist to get fitted for custom buds.

              Note that these will NOT provide overpowering bass but for the true audiophile perform just fine.

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

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              5.0

              Terrific Headphone , Great Value for

              By TheGoodJudge

              from Oakland, CA

              About Me Business Professional

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy Controls
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • No Cable Replacement

              Best Uses

              • Commuting
              • Workouts At The Gym

              Comments about hf3 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Stereo Headphones with Mic (Black):

              ALMOST returned these buds after struggling initially, convinced I had a proper seal yet hearing little more than TIN. I mean low end in absentia - as in zero bass. I was shocked. Really? The reviews I'd read were overwhelmingly positive and while some pointed to these buds as being quite neutral I'm an advocate of neutrality and not looking for overpowering bass. But I DO want to experience the low end of spectrum and I spent much of the day seeking a replacement. So read on for the good news...

              Fortuitously while at dinner I continued to refer back to those many reviews and figured I'd give it one more effort since I concluded so many people couldn't have such poor taste. Lo and behold, boom! I reviewed the video Etymotic has on their website, achieved a proper seal and finally came to appreciate what enthusiasts see in this product. It's all in the seal! With these buds more so than any other I've ever owned.

              These ear buds are sensational. Etymotic hf3's deliver big, bold sound articulated in an utterly neutral fashion without any discernible coloration. And this is after just a few hours so they've not been properly broken in yet. By this time next week I expect they'll sound considerably better - more open and a slightly larger sound stage. The bass, just so you know, is NOT overstated and is not what you'll get from Bose or Monster or Beats.

              As a frame of reference I also own:

              1) Marley Destiny TTR
              2) UE Superfi 5
              3) UE Superfi 10
              4) AudioTechnica ATH-M50s /LE
              5) Too many Sony's to mention

              And, my Home Theater is powered by Krell running Dynaudio speakers.

              So, while I admit ever so humbly I am by no means an authority on creating that perfect seal first time around, I DO know a little bit about high end audio so take it from this music lover: if your budget is anywhere from $100-$300 don't knock yourself out looking any further....UNLESS you have issues with IN-EAR buds. These bad boys rule the roost under $200 WITHOUT DOUBT and while I've not listened to all buds between $200-$300 I DO have two pair of Ultimate Ear buds in that price range and they pale in comparison to the Etymotic.

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

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              5.0

              Wonderful Earbuds

              By tp

              from South Joisey

              About Me Business Professional, Gearhead, Parent

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy Controls
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Listening To Music Hello

                Comments about hf3 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Stereo Headphones with Mic (Black):

                Pristeen - Articulate Sound
                Sleek Appearance

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

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                5.0

                Excellent and lightweight

                By 42Pilot

                from Georgia

                About Me Business Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Great Noise Isolation
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Noisy Environments
                  • Outdoor Work
                  • Travel

                  Comments about hf3 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Stereo Headphones with Mic (Cobalt):

                  These replaced my Shure set (can't remember the model). They fit perfectly, seal inside my ear and sound great. I use them when working outdoors on heavy equipment or on long flights. I've worn these for 5 straight hours with no discomfort. Highly recommended.

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

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                  5.0

                  Excellent!!!

                  By MGF

                  from New York

                  About Me Business Professional, Gearhead, Parent

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Easy Controls
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about hf3 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Stereo Headphones with Mic (Black):

                      I don't see how anyone could rate this fewer than 5 stars. People complaining about the lack of bass need to change the tips. The ones that come attached were too small for my ear canals so I switched to the larger ones and got a better seal. Excellent noise cancellation, lows, midrange and SUPERB bass.

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

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                      5.0

                      Excellent headphones

                      By Dale Mc

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Business Professional, Practical

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Easy Controls
                      • Lightweight
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Commuting
                        • Long Talks
                        • Travel

                        Comments about hf3 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Stereo Headphones with Mic (Cobalt):

                        I've used the hf3 before; replaced another pair. I love the sound, which is great for music (especially music that isn't bass-heavy, recital singers, singer-songerwriters, etc) and for talking on the telephone. Very clear, very comfortable in the ear--even without the custom earpiece.

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

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                        5.0

                        Fantastic

                        By Steve

                        from Manhattan, NY

                        About Me Gearhead, Practical

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Easy Controls
                        • Lightweight
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Commuting
                          • In-work
                          • Travel
                          • Wandering

                          Comments about hf3 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Stereo Headphones with Mic (Cobalt):

                          I'm not one for in-ear headphones - the quality isn't nearly as superior as over-ear. However, there are those occasions where you're certainly not going to be carrying around bulky cans.
                          Despite the first few wears being a little intrusive in my ear, the sound quality is superb and they don't fall out of my ear, which with most is an issue (apple headphones, "on ear" type buds).
                          The free app that goes along with this for the iPhone is fine, it serves its purpose, but you really don't want to be wearing these while cycling, or anything of the sort, you will not hear anything.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal

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                          4.0

                          Best earphones to date

                          By St

                          from New York

                          About Me Business Professional

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Easy Controls
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • A bit of cord noise bleed

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about hf3 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Stereo Headphones with Mic (Black):

                            -- great, clean sound
                            -- good, professional feel and design
                            -- the flange tips work great for me
                            -- included case is actually very useful and small enough to actually bring with you
                            I've owned B&O, Bose and many others and these present the best combination of sound, form and comfort to date.

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

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                            4.0

                            Works well with the iPhone

                            By Godzilla

                            from Chicago, Illinois

                            About Me Business Professional, Practical

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Durable
                            • Easy Controls
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Commuting
                              • Long Talks
                              • Travel

                              Comments about hf3 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Stereo Headphones with Mic (Black):

                              Finally something that works as promised. What is even more surprising is just how tough the headset is, wires and plugs have been stretched and tangled but haven't broken or pulled from the ends. The only thing that it needs is noise canceling, mic picks up wind noise. Best headset that I have owned.

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

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                              4.0

                              Simple and comfortable

                              By alexwaits

                              from Chisinau, Moldova

                              About Me Audiophile, Frequent Traveler

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Comfortable
                              • Compact
                              • Great Sound
                              • Stylish

                              Cons

                              • It's not loud enough
                              • Need one more eartip

                              Best Uses

                              • Music
                              • Traveling

                              Comments about hf3 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Stereo Headphones with Mic (Black):

                              The headset is easy to use, the sound is clean and clear, but as for me, not loud enough.

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

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