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Etymotic hf3 In-ear Headphones Review

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Tour & Design

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• They're a set of in-ears.

• No in-line features or accessories.

• Decent cord guards.

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Tour


The Etymotic Research hf3 headphones are a set of in-ears with a remote & mic.

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The headphones have the small ear buds and triple-flange sleeves that's typical of Etymotic headphones. 

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The remote & mic is a bit minimalist. The volume toggles are the outer two buttons, and while they have tiny embossed arrows to differentiate them from the playback control button, it's easy to hit the wrong button if you're not looking.

 

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The headphones end in the standard 1.8-inch audio plug, which has an adequate cord guard protecting its innards.

 

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Waitaminute, is this a fashion catalog or a headphone review? Our head and torso simulator, HATS, asks, "why can't it be both?" Note the style and grace of the headphones as they dangle from the perfect rubber ears of our robotic mannequin. 

 

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In The Box


The headphones come with three extra sets of sleeves, a pouch, a cleaning tool, and two nozzle guards.

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**Durability**     (*5.75**)*


The Etymotic Research hf3 headphones seem well made, but they're still a set of in-ears. In-ears often see much more wear and tear than on-ears or over-ears, since they're built for portability. People can't crumple a set of over-ears into a ball to shove in their pocket.

 

 

**Aesthetics**     (6.00*)*


There's not a whole lot you can do with a set of in-ears to make them flashy. Sure, you can make them look like earrings or bedazzle them to your heart's content, but there's not a whole lot you can do with such a small surface area without coming off as gaudy. It's hard to rave about a simple design or a splash of color, which the hf3s have.

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Sections

  1. Tour & Design
  2. Sound Quality
  3. Isolation
  4. Comfort
  5. Usability
  6. Bose MIE2 Comparison
  7. Shure SE535 Comparison
  8. Sennheiser CX 680i Comparison
  9. Sennheiser CX 980 Comparison
  10. Conclusion
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