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Etymotic ER3XR Extended Response Balanced Armature In Ear Earphones

Last Updated: 13 Jan 2019 (Refresh Now)
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Sound Quality
 24
er3xr, sound, noise isolation, music, listening
+88%
-13%
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" ...  You'll hear nothing but what you're listening to.  ...  "
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" ...  I enjoy clean, pure music, so I will not compromise on headphones, earbuds or pre-amps. ... Try a tube pre-amp for your headphones or quality earbuds if you want to experience the best sound.  ...  "
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" ...  Owned a pair of HF3's for a few years so I'm very familiar with the Etymotic "fit" along with the excellent passive noise isolation and sound quality. ... The sound on the ER3XR is a definite improvement over the HF3's across the entire spectrum and ads *just* enough punch to the low end without being at all overbearing. ... In addition to the excellent sound, it also provides the best passive noise isolation in any IEM I've used (enough that I can barely hear the mower when I mow the lawn, and if I'm in a crowd I cannot at all hear people talking around me.)  ...  "
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" ...  If you are not happy with the sound, try placing in ear not a a 90 degree angle, but at 70*.  ...  "
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" ...  The Etymotic's provide such a smooth, neutral, extended sound. ... They are simply inoffensive and sound great.  ...  "
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" ...  Clear, neutral, analytic sound. ... To me, it sounds much better than massdrop plus.  ...  "
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" ...  Plus, it is like the sound is right in the middle of your head.  ...  "
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" ...  Everything is right with these in terms of sound and isolation.  ...  "
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Comfort
 16
ears, uncomfortable, tips, foam, etymotic
+81%
-19%
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" ...  I have a hard time using most In-ear monitors, and these took a bit of getting used to but I absolutely love them.  ...  "
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" ...  Probably the best sound stage I've heard on a set of inner ears.  ...  "
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" ...  This is my 4th Etymotic Earbuds after trying other brands over the years I keep coming back for the sound quality and fit in my ear that is very comfortable for long international trips.  ...  "
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" ...  Best In-Ears I've used.  ...  "
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" ...  Though it is still early and these thoughts may shift some as I become more familiar with these. ... They are much more similar to the ER4 iems than they are different.  ...  "
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" ...  I find the triple flange with some Oto-Ease makes it no problem for hours of use.  ...  "
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" ...  They’re just great and as long as you’re comfortable with this sort of in-ear / isolating earphone style, you should buy them immediately.  ...  "
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" ...  - Comfort is a very good for me with the foam tips. ... They are extremely light weight and feel great if you get them seated properly, but it can be tricky to do so.  ...  "
Bass
 14
response, er3xr, etymotic, without, er3se
+79%
-21%
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" ...  Great bass response, really does reach down without sounding muddy and wonderful lifelike and clear mids and highs.  ...  "
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" ...  If you love hyped bass (which a lot of people do), this still might not be the right choice for you, but if you want really smooth sound, you can't go wrong.  ...  "
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" ...  Nothing comes CLOSE to these at their pricepoint, and the clean and precise Etymotic sound is now backed up with the sort of bass that makes these as good for hiphop as hey are for jazz.  ...  "
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" ...  The treble, mids (Probably the best part), and bass have alot of detail. ... They probably won't satisfy true bass heads but I am listening to EDM perfectly fine.  ...  "
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" ...  Mid and high frequencies are very clear without any harshness at all, and bass is not at all "boomy" or "muddy," though some people may want a little bass boost from software. ... (I have a friend who likes enough bass to "digest his lunch", which the ER3SE does not supply).  ...  "
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" ...  This particular model offers extended bass, and is a huge improvement over the prior two Etymotic modes I've owned. ... This company will never be for bass heads, mind you.  ...  "
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" ...  The ER3XR clearly have a much needed bass boost in the low bass/sub bass frequency response compared to the HF5. ... It is very clean, separated and detailed bass and not overly bass heavy. ... Again, the slightly emphasized bass boost on the XR is far from what I'd call bass heavy. ... Comparing the bass of the ER4 and ER3 seem to rank from least bass to most bass ER4SR, ER3SE, ER4XR and ER3XR. ... The XR headphones have a raised bass response which caters towards a more mainstream audience response. ... But I think most people will really enjoy the warmer sound signature of the clean and accurate bass. ... However, the ER3SE supposedly still has very good bass and should meet the needs of listeners really focusing on acoustic, jazz, classical or lightly scored vocals. ... The ER3XR is better suited for pop, rock, R&B and techno which would benefit from the stronger bass.  ...  "
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" ...  Still light on bass, but perfect mids and highs.  ...  "
Price
 10
worth, go, cost, value, point
+90%
-10%
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" ...  just as good as Bose, but with less dollars shoveled out.  ...  "
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" ...  These things are a lot better balanced and clear than I thought they would be at this price point.  ...  "
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" ...  For the price, a no brainer great value.  ...  "
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" ...  Punches well above its price point.  ...  "
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" ...  Excellent product at a great price.  ...  "
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" ...  Excellent value for what it can do!  ...  "
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" ...  I upgraded to these from the HF5 and I believe it was worth every penny.  ...  "
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" ...  If you are on a tight budget, go with the HF5 while they are on sale. ... If you can justify the additional $50-80 it is definitely worth it to go with the ER3.  ...  "
Noise Cancellation
 9
best, sound quality, isolation, etymotic, sound
+89%
-11%
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" ...  As for the sound quality and noise cancellation -- PERFECT.  ...  "
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" ...  what can i say from the moment i put them on the world was off its noise isolation is the best i have ever tried etymotic claims that it is 35to42 db and the sound quality is fantastic the vocals are so clear but be aware of microphonics  ...  "
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" ...  As the title says, Etymotic offers the best noise isolation you can buy.  ...  "
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" ...  Everything is right with these in terms of sound and isolation.  ...  "
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" ...  The only noise canceling audiophile earbuds, period.  ...  "
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" ...  The sound quality of the ER3SE is superb, notably better than the Shure E2Cs I used for 10 years or my Sennheiser active noise cancelling headphones.  ...  "
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" ...  These fit perfectly inside your ear canal and also provide excellent outside noise cancellation.  ...  "
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" ...  In addition to the excellent sound, it also provides the best passive noise isolation in any IEM I've used (enough that I can barely hear the mower when I mow the lawn, and if I'm in a crowd I cannot at all hear people talking around me.)  ...  "
Frequencies
 9
bass, mids and highs, detail, treble, muddy
+100%
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" ...  This is especially true in the treble detail.  ...  "
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" ...  The ER4s might have had a bit better upper mids and highs, but it's close, and the ER3XRs definitely have a much more solid low end.  ...  "
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" ...  Great bass response, really does reach down without sounding muddy and wonderful lifelike and clear mids and highs.  ...  "
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" ...  The treble, mids (Probably the best part), and bass have alot of detail.  ...  "
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" ...  Still light on bass, but perfect mids and highs.  ...  "
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" ...  Midrange on these is without parallel!  ...  "
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" ...  - The overall sound signature is close to neutral but with a emphasis in midrange and midbass. ... - Vocals sound full and focused in the center image.  ...  "
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" ...  Great clarity and detail on the highs.  ...  "
Product Reliability
 8
etymotic, months, lasted, pair, minutes
+63%
-38%
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" ...  I am very happy with this purchase and now am probably a life long etymotic fan.  ...  "
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" ...  They lasted a good 10 years or so and were a pleasure to use.  ...  "
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" ...  I have been buying Etymotics for more than 15 years ... after a month with these, can confirm that Etymotic has jumped way out in front again.  ...  "
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" ...  My last two pair lasted for 6 years.  ...  "
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" ...  When the ER3 came out a few months ago, this headphone looked like a bargain for $179.  ...  "
Headphones
 8
music, earphones, ear, headphone, etymotic
+100%
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" ...  I have never heard headphones so clear and real before, and I own a number of headphones from Shure, B&O, and Bose that cost much more than these. ... The best music to listen to with these headphone are classical music and female and high male vocal focused music.  ...  "
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" ...  I'm reminded of why I fell in love with Etymotic headphones. ... Hard to describe beyond that, but it is something you don't get with over the ear headphones or seemingly other in ear ones.  ...  "
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" ...  For a while the rest of the headphone world was catching up to Etymotic  ...  "
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" ...  - These ear buds produce even better audio fidelity than the ER4P ear buds.  ...  "
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" ...  Competes with $500+ earbuds.  ...  "
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" ...  I enjoy clean, pure music, so I will not compromise on headphones, earbuds or pre-amps.  ...  "
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" ...  now I just have great sounding music and absolutely love these earphones.  ...  "
Build Quality
 7
plastic, thin, possible, insert, improved
+71%
-29%
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" ...  - Cable construction feels more rugged than I remember for the ER4 series.  ...  "
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" ...  Both of the new phones are in aluminum housings and I decided on the ER3se model.  ...  "
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" ...  The build quality is exceptional and the sound is fabulous.  ...  "
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" ...  The included foam tips are the way to go IMO you just have to roll them up tightly and insert as far as possible.  ...  "
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" ...  The build quality is also significantly improved. ... albeit costly, consumer product by build quality standards. ... These are approaching more of the professional build quality with replaceable parts so they should last longer.  ...  "
Cables
 6
etymotic, detachable, fail, er4, ear buds
+100%
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" ...  Note that while the cables are removable from the ear buds, Etymotic does not appear to have easily locatable replacements for sale, though I found some questionable third party sources since the plugs are a standardized type.  ...  "
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" ...  The detachable cables have already saved me from nuking the phones and are a major improvement as well.  ...  "
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" ...  When I saw that the ER3XR has replaceable cables, I figured I would take another chance on the higher end Etymotic ear buds. ... - Cable construction feels more rugged than I remember for the ER4 series.  ...  "
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" ...  The cable feels like it belongs on some $5 Monoprice headphones.  ...  "
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" ...  So when I saw the ER3's not only have detachable cords but also have the XR version, I figured it was a no-brainer. ... Hopefully Etymotic will come out with a reasonably priced headset replacement cable, that would make these perfect for me.  ...  "
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" ...  These are aluminum bodies with detachable cables which can be replaced. ... The cables are still quite thin but feel a bit more premium overall. ... This is nice as the cable seems to usually be the place where the HF models fail. ... At the end of this, they offered to send back my original unit with an upgraded cable (the ER4 cable) since the issue may have been associated with the cable.  ...  "
Design
 5
used, thin, model, improved, fragile
+80%
-20%
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" ...  Both of the new phones are in aluminum housings and I decided on the ER3se model.  ...  "
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" ...  I attached the ER3XR to my iPod Classic.  ...  "
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" ...  I love the detail and clarity that the ER3XR can bring to the table.  ...  "
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" ...  The build quality is also significantly improved.  ...  "
Volume
 4
volume, quality, isolation, hf3, good
+75%
-25%
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" ...  And you'll save your hearing by not having to crank the volume.  ...  "
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" ...  I have been able to work with these for hours at a time with minimal breaks, but definitely at lower volumes.  ...  "
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" ...  The sound on the ER3XR is a definite improvement over the HF3's across the entire spectrum and ads *just* enough punch to the low end without being at all overbearing.  ...  "
For Travel
 3
really, pair, music, listening, good
+100%
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" ...  However, while on vacation I lost my Shure SE425s and while looking for replacements something temporary maybe I came across these and decided why not, always been curious about Etymotic and these seemed like a good value, a good way to tip toe in, glad I did.  ...  "
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" ...  Not only that, but whereas I could still hear the plane engines (albeit muffled) before the music started playing, once the music began the engine noise virtually disappeared and I felt as if I was in the quiet of my own private listening zone. ... The whole experience was so relaxing and satisfying I was almost sorry when the flights ended.  ...  "
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" ...  I had a pair of the old ER4P-Ts which I really liked but lost them while traveling.  ...  "
Device Compatibility
 3
phone, er3xr
+100%
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" ...  I use the earphones on my iPad and my cellphone. ... The performance with both devices is excellent and makes me very happy.  ...  "
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" ...  I attached the ER3XR to my iPod Classic.  ...  "
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" ...  I'm constantly wishing for the ability to remotely control the music without reaching into my pocket to take out my phone, not to mention having to carry around a second pair of headphones that I can use for phone calls.  ...  "
Fit
 3
used, first, possible, plastic, insert
+67%
-33%
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" ...  The fit was nice.  ...  "
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" ...  But they sound great and I would assume they'd fit most people just fine.  ...  "

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