Conclusion: In conclusion, the most important remark certainly is: don’t judge the EarSonics SM3 right out of the box. Take your time getting accustomed to their rather unique sound signature. It might take weeks, maybe even months – but hopefully some day it makes ‘click’ for you, and your ears acknowledge the really well crafted sonic traits the SM3 are able to deliver. Maybe what you hear, what you perceive will change the same way my ears and brain changed.
Pros: Dynamic, punchy, laid-back, precise, fast, detailed, forgiving sound – quite the paradox combination, Excellent treble – always sparkly, never sibilant or obtrusive, Wide, precise stereo imaging, Good wearing comfort, stealthy, Almost no background hiss with MP3 players, compared to most other multi-armature IEMs
Cons: Better sound at louder volume levels, Forward midrange regions paired with slightly less prominent treble might take some time getting used to, Y-splitter is too far up on the cable, too close to the listener’s throat (and cable is not replaceable)