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Etymotic Research MC3 and MC5

Etymotic Research MC3 and MC5

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Sleek Look, True Ety Sound

Featuring the neutral sound and noise isolation that Etymotic has built its name on, plus a Kevlar-reinforced cable for added durability, the MC3 is a head turner in the sub-$100 category. Its build is sleeker and more modern than that of the original ER4, and the dynamic driver’s proprietary acoustic side-branch reconciles the sharp peaks and weak highs often associated with lower-cost moving-coil driver units. The result is a fuller, more balanced and immersive sound, with well-supported mids and tight, accurate bass.

Note: This drop’s base price is for the Etymotic Research MC3. At checkout, you can opt for the MC5, a nearly identical model without the inline microphone (- $15).

Etymotic Research MC3 and MC5
Etymotic Research MC3 and MC5
Etymotic Research MC3 and MC5

Model Options

MC3 (Blue)
MC5 (Black)


  • Etymotic Research
  • Housing: High-gloss polished, anodized aluminum finish
  • Transducers: High-output 8mm neodymium moving-coil driver
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz – 15 kHz
  • Noise isolation: 35–42 dB
  • Impedance (at 1 kHz): 16 ohm
  • Sensitivity (at 1 kHz) SPL at 0.1 V: 100 dB
  • Maximum output (SPL): 120 dB
  • User-replaceable ACCU wax filters
  • Remote/mic compatible with Apple iPhone, iPod, and iPad
  • Cable length: 4 ft (1.2 m)


  • 4 ear tips (2 silicone tri-flange, 1 mushroom-like foam, 1 standard foam)
  • Kevlar-reinforced cable
  • Cable shirt clip
  • Filter-changing tool
  • Extra filter
  • Carrying pouch
  • 2-year warranty


All orders will be shipped by the vendor.

Estimated ship date is Mar 28, 2016 PT.

After the drop ends, payment will be collected and the group’s order will be submitted to the vendor up front, making all sales final. Check the discussion page for updates on your order.