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Etymotic ER3SE & ER3XR IEMs

Etymotic ER3SE & ER3XR IEMs

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Guys which are the foams for them? On Etymotic site there are ER38-14F and ER38-14FE, but none of them is indicated as for ER3.


satanislove
It's the ER38-14F according to the accessories they listed on ER3's product page.
https://www.etymotic.com/consumer/earphones/er3-new.html
I loved my ER6i before they broke. How do these compare?
4uRo4
There’s really no comparison. The new ER3 series is simply on another level of sound quality, and I say this having listened to the new models and the 6i very recently. If you prefer the bass-light, mid-centric sound that Etymotic is known for, get the 3SE. It’s amazing. If you’re willing to sacrifice mids for highs and want to hear a bass-heavy, distinctly un-Etymotic sound, the 3XR is a great V-shaped sound that's still clear and detailed. Hope that helps!
toniidesu
Thanks. Got the ER3XR in the mail and loving them. Any recommendations for a portable DAC to go along with it?
how much more different is the ER4XR and the EX3R?
Focux
The 4XR is less bassy and is smoother through the mids and highs with better treble extension. It has a noticeably wider soundstage and sounds almost like an in-ear HD650: smooth, expansive, detailed, and open. The 3XR is a fun, V-shaped sound that sounds like nothing else Etymotic has made. It's VERY different from the 4XR, which actually has more of a family resemblance to the 3SE. The 4XR is a pretty remarkable earphone and well worth the price, but you could say the same thing about the 3XR. If it helps, I ordered the 3XR, 3SE, and 4SR from Amazon and wound up keeping the 3XR even though the 4XR is better. Why? The "certificate of performance" that Etymotic includes with the 4 series inflamed my OCD because I knew I didn't get a particularly good pair, never mind that these variations are inaudible. If that won't bother you (or you get a perfect pair) the 4XR is worth the extra money.
Is there any new update on the delivery date?
CWHSG
a couple of days ago got an email from MD that the shipment will be delayed.
then yesterday, got an email that the item has been shipped.

hopefully u got the same notification.

cheers!
would anyone consider this better than the EDC3 and is it worth $50 more?
BIGGUY4x4
Not sure if this qualifies to answer ur question coz I didn't join the EDC3 drop...

However, I do have the Nuforce EDC and Nuforce BE6i... and in terms of sound, I find Nuforce to be "fun" sounding, meaning, to my ears, it's emphasis is on the bass, which is not a 'negative' by all means. But it doesn't muddy-up the mids, nor overpower the highs. The Nuforce has just enough definition to hear slight nuances to your music, and gives it just enough "oomph" to be an enjoyable listen. In terms of comfort, assuming the EDC3 has the same nozzle width as the EDC (which is about 3mm, somebody correct me if I'm mistaken), it's a very comfy iem for long listening sessions.

Now as for Etymotics, I've recently purchased the HF5 thru the recent drop (actually I'm on the fence for the ER3XR), at first, I found the fit rather 'violating' cause of the way the Etys go in your ear is a little deeper than I expected. But it is easy to get used to. It has become feeling both comfy and secure. Regarding the sound, you will definitely hear everything in your music, where everything is presented balanced, meaning highs are forward without the sibilance, mids are well presented, with the HF5 ever so slightly bumping up the bass.
But where all the other iems fail, the Etys desimates...is Isolation. The isolation on the Etys is spectacular to say the least, as better isolations leads to better focus... simply, you focus on the honest sound being presented to you, everything else, disappears.
For comparison, I have the Fiio F5, F9, FH1, F9 Pro, TFZ Series 5, 5s, and Exclusive 5, Kinera H3, Nuforce EDC and BE6i, Thinksound ON2, ATH-MSR7se, AKG K181, but the Ety HF5 desimates them all in isolation. That IS saying something ;) (Hence, why I am on the fence on these ER3 as they are reviewed to be better than the HF5)

So imho, to sum it up:

Comfort:
Nuforce EDC and Ety HF5 - same as they both have slender nozzles. Both are secure as the EDC has the over the ear pre-formed cable and the Etys deep insertion.

Sound:
Nuforce is a laid back, 'enjoy-your-music' presentation. Etys HF5 is analytical, hear everything as it was mixed or intended (it is also enjoyable due to the slight bump in bass.

Isolation:
Nuforce EDC is somewhere on the average passive isolation, similar to most non-ciems.
Etys HF5 cancels out the world around you so you can focus on your music.

These are my opinions only. Except for isolation, I couldn't say that one is better than the other as they both have their own sound signatures, that will suit different genres, different tastes and various moods even.

Cheers!
(pardon me for the lengthy read)
I recieved the ER3-SE’s for a graduation present, and I can honestly say I love these headphones. The midrange is very clean and smooth, and the highs are detailed without sibilance. The only thing about getting the SE version is the lack of bass, but this can be solved using an EQ to achieve a nice bass slam. Isolation is crazy good, I was using these on a flight and on my iPhone 7, I barely turned it past a quarter volume to block out all outside noise.

For those deciding between the SE and XR versions, I did my own listening tests between the two and found that: the XR has better bass quantity and bass slam, but suffers slight midrange clarity. The SE has very little bass quantity and almost no bass slam without some sort of EQ, but the midrange is super clean.
As you can see, there’s a bit of trade off between the two, bass quantity and slam, or slight midrange clarity (let me note that it is a pretty slight difference in clarity, but it was enough for me to not want the XR version). I went with the SE version because I found that you could EQ the bass up to achieve an enjoyable slam and still retain the clarity of the stock SE.

Hope this helps with any decisions!
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Either I use the software Foobar2000‘s built-in EQ on my computer, or just Spotify’s on my iPhone 7.
SephHaley
Nice! I'm glad to hear you were not using some of those super expensives daps like astell and Kern or ibasso, I might go for the se instead of the xr
Got mine today. Been listening for two hours! They're everything I remember about my HF5. Can't do a direct comparison because the HF5 is long gone. The isolation is second to none, and the triple flanges are more comfortable than my cIEMs. Despite ordering the XR, I can't say these are anything but dead neutral. I have some real bass monsters in my lineup, and these are not that at all. I love the sound signature, it's just smooth and level. Bass extension is there, it's just not emphasized. You get used to it pretty quick!
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What cIEM is it? I guess I'm the outcast, though I only have one pair of customs. They're the HiFiMan RE-1000 (same price range as you). I have good comfort, OK attenuation, and good SQ (though the signature isn't my favorite, the quality is good overall). Bad SQ and comfort typically means a bad fit if I'm not mistaken. I guess bad CS would ruin that as well as refits require courses through the CS department.

I'm waiting for my SE to come back from Etymotic, who I know has good CS though (they replaced a pair of HF2 that were like 4 years out of warranty at no charge even when they couldn't reproduce the issue I was having).
Isn't this the entire idea behind a cIEM? That they custom fit it to your ear. If it's not done properly, then it will be very uncomfortable. But assuming a couple things 1) the impressions are done properly and accurately and 2) the IEMs are molded properly and accurately, then they should be one of the, if not the, most comfortable IEMs available for anyone.

Reading below it seems that the OP's IEMs may not have a good fit (something went wrong) which would result in discomfort, bad SQ, and bad isolation (he states all three). Granted it's possible for each of these problems to appear independently of one another, but a single issue (bad fit) can account for all three. Then the comment about bad CS seems like the customer service was bad which means getting a refit may not be possible for him so he's left with a 700 dollar paper weight (a bad paper weight I might add) and a lot of buyer's remorse.
I received mine on Saturday, and the left driver didn't work, swapped the buds around (switching the left and right buds on the cable) and the left still didn't work. My cable is defective. Contacted Massdrop and haven't received a response yet.

The funny thing is that Etymotic HQ is literally a 15 minute drive for me :p
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I contacted Etymotic CS to see how much an out of warranty cable would cost. They told me that since Massdrop was one of their official distributors, I was actually under warranty.
tinyman392
Awesome! Thanks for clearing that up for the rest of us.