Excerpt: These are a great pair of in-ear monitors. I love the sound of Ety headphones. It is lean, detailed and lacks coloration. The triple flange tips provide a great seal and some base (without a good seal the headphones have next to no base). Of all my headphones, the Ety's provides the easier and...
Excerpt: Etymotic's decades of research shine in the HF3s. They produce balanced, accurate sound without needing much power (though they sound good with an amp too). The wide array of included tips are sure to please anyone, but if somehow they don't, for a modest fee and a trip to your local audiologist...
Excerpt: Overall I was very happy with these earbuds, until they started creating static after 14 months. The design is very compact , and the triple flange inserts work very well (although it does take some time to get used to them) The price is a little high for the durability I received.
Summary: The Etymotic HF3 are surprisingly detailed in mids with good punchy bass( due to the tight seal no need of heavy deep bass like JVC FX700, Sennheiser IE8) and highs are crisp, clear. The istrument separation, imaging is very good on these and they sound very good with instumental music like Jazz, pop, Country but they are little cold sounding.
Pros: very detailed mids, clear highs, great instruments separation, good punchy bass...
Summary: I've been searching high and low for the best headphone/speaker combo. I use ear buds for everything I do. Either listening to music will reading or talking on the phone for work, or just getting a run in at the gym. I would say these ear buds are in use 60% most days. I will agree with many that these ear buds are not cheap, however, neither is their quality!
Pros: Clear Signal, Connects Easily, Fits well in ear, Good Volume Control, Lightweight, Noise Cancellation
Summary: At first I was not overly impressed with these Etymotics. They did not blow me away and I didn't think they were that much better than your regular old standard-issue $30 earbuds.
But tonight, I decided to pull them out and give them another shot, this time using a CMOY headphone amp and also some eq-ing to pump up the bass and roll of the highs.
And boy was i surprised at how good they sounded! I mean, wow!
Pros: excellent clarity and separation
Cons: bass a little weak, treble a bit harsh, but can be eq-ed
Summary: After being disappointed by the Apple In-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic, I decided to explore a set from a well-regarded company in the audio world. I had to pick something with Apple's in-line iPhone controls that could get good isolation and fit. Those were my complaints with the Apple product. The HF3 seemed to be well designed, and more importantly, they offered a custom-fit program at a very reasonable price.
Pros: Great sound & isolation with reasonable comfort
Cons: Hard to find in stores, buttons, cord is a bit too long
Summary: As I am still a bit of a noob, don't expect everything I say to be absolutely, 100% correct. I ordered the HF5's on Amazon for 99 a while back, and they arrived just last week.
Wonderfully classy and subtle design. Too many headphones out there are either boring and ugly, or garish and vulgar. The Hf's are fortunately neither of those. Looks great, but you won't see much of it anyway when they're in your ears.
Summary: These are deep seated IEMs like all the others in Etymotic's range. Personally I would place them around the ER6i, and well under the ER4P in audio terms.
The only problem is that the tips, like all Ety's stuff for me, make my ears sore. It's bearable, but I can usually only listen to an album or two before I want to take them out.
Summary: To keep things short:
These headphones are a step up from everything else that I have owned. The isolation is great (better than my Shure's) and I LOVE the sound signature. Like my previous headphones, I heard more detail in my music than I did before. For $180, you would expect these headphones to be perfect however the only complaint I have with them is the earbuds they come with are uncomfortable.
Pros: Amazing Isolation, Great Sound Quality, Great Mids
Cons: Uncomfortable Ear Tips, If your not going to use these as a portable solution look elsewhere (for the price)