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Massdrop x NuForce EDC3 In-Ear Monitors

Massdrop x NuForce EDC3 In-Ear Monitors

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Verified Purchaser
Magnificent sound. Only big thing is, it shouldn't be called EDC because you shouldn't everyday carry them, with how easier they pop off the cable, you won't want to use them when doing any kind of activity if you need to also hear your surroundings, I no longer am able to listen to them because the left earbud fell off when I had to use only one. I suggest maybe wrapping tape around them to the cable, pretty jank, but worth it to be able to listen to music this way. Makes using any other headphones unacceptable.
Verified Purchaser
I have a few hours listening with these now and I am impressed! I can’t imagine getting better sound at this price level or even at 3 times as much. It’s clean, detailed and the imaging is nice. They are not fatiguing and the fit in my ears is perfect. They stay put even when exercising and through various facial expressions that would always dislodge the monoprice triple drivers they replaced. Definitely recommend!
Verified Purchaser
I have absolutely enjoyed these, especially compared to my EDC's I bought before I purchased the EDC3's... However I should have heeded earlier warnings about the buds connections becoming loose, because Lo and behold I was walking on the El platform and my left bud fell out of my ear and apparently bounced to a location known only to that particular bud and God... I wish they just sold singular buds... smh... Anyway I have my EDC's as a back-up...
Verified Purchaser
Excellent product for the price, and I really appreciate the included microphone/headset cable at this price point. I'm going to maintain the products 5 star rating because it really is this good for the price, but there is a fairly annoying flaw with the design: the collar that is on the headset cable is incredibly frustrating. Since the cable is made out of silicone, it bunches up and jams the collar so it ends up becoming a fight to the death to get it to move anywhere. I feel like this is a wear point and a failure waiting to happen within about a year of use. Still a great product for the price and a fantastic headset to leave behind at work. (coming from Shure SE530s as my daily drivers - I leave the EDC3s at work)
Verified Purchaser
My dog ate them. No really. He eFFFFing ate them. God they were great though. ... But I love my dog...Do I really need to buy them again...I still have "spare parts" ;-;
GrandPotato
Ah shucks. Freaking bought another pair. Its been too long... Does anyone need spare parts?....lol
GrandPotato
I can take spare tips from you!!!!!! I was seriously considering on buying another pair just because I need new ear inserts since I lost all of mine.
Verified Purchaser
Although I am new and inexperienced with the IEM scene, I found these to be quite fantastic- especially so after using decade old Apple earbuds. It took a while to get used to the rubber tips, but now that I am used to them the fit is comfortable and snug. The sound is crisp enough, and more than sufficient when listening to streamed music or MP3. I've yet to plug these into my Schiit hardware, to see what they're capable of, and compare them to whatever else I have lying around. I've had these for a few months now, and so far I am content, except for a few nuances. The more serious of the two, which I discovered recently, is what seems to be a rattling/vibration coming from the left channel, making the sound seem fuzzy/tinny in the higher ranges. Seeing as how I've been relatively careful with these since I've gotten them (They cost me a pretty penny, after all), I'd like to rule out damage due to mishandling. That said I have dropped them a few times, emptying pockets or having them yanked out of my ears. If that's what it takes to damage the hardware, it is unfortunate, but so be it. The second pet peeve I've got with these is the Velcro sticking to everything and the kitchen sink, and it seems that the adhesive holding the two strips together is getting slowly undone. The braided cable is also sometimes quite a nuisance to manage and direct where you want it. Overall, these guys are pretty great, but personally, I could have easily gone with the $60-$70 variant of these IEMs and have still been content. I'm either moving around and have them plugged into my phone, or sitting with them on at university, and with the amount of background noise there is in such environments, perhaps the marginal increase in performance isn't even that big a deal. I'll see how this "tinniness" in the left driver develops, and whether I'll be able to do anything about it.
Sevkin
I have the same problem too, also from the left side. Maybe it is a QC problem after all?
Verified Purchaser
I use these every week as in-ear monitors for live performances and also for practice during the week. Great fit and comfort, the foam tips are excellent, and the response across the frequency spectrum is great. Great balance in my opinion.
Verified Purchaser
Quite possibly the most boring iem in existence. and no, being neutral doesn't equate to lifeless
Verified Purchaser
Beautifully neutral, resolving, slightly mid-centric sound. Great fit and accessories. Enjoying mine even more with Spiral Dot eartips.
Verified Purchaser
I've owned my EDC3's for just over 5 months now, and I use them nearly every day. They are extremely comfortable, easy to drive, and possess a reasonably strong bass (unlike most BA IEMs). The flat response is difficult to enjoy at first if you're used to a more V-shaped sound, but over time I've come to greatly enjoy the level of nuance these babies provide to any kind of music. I can EQ a small bass bump to give things a bit more punch and they handle that with ease and no distortion even at high volume. I listen to a very wide range of music, focused on metal/rock and extreme metal but also a lot of psychedelic trance, ambient and whatever else strikes my fancy. I use these for gaming and for listening to audio books in bed. For music with bass and speedy sounds, they deliver punch and clarity. With audio books or quieter music, the bass is not overblown nor are the treble frequencies shrilly harsh. The sound reproduction is always smooth and balanced, even when driven to the limit of amplification. Sound stage is reasonably open with good stereo, though obviously not quite to the level of over-ears. The driver units are decently sound-isolating on their own, but not so much that if your music is off you can't hear some sound around you. With music on, at a good volume - you're in your own world. On the bus, using the foam tips, I can't hear anything but music. It's wonderful to not have to rely on heavy and loud music every morning for blessed isolation. I use the RadSone ES100 as the primary DAC, amp, and EQ for these, but they work just fine from my Kindle or S9+ or whatever else I plug them into. I found the braided cable to be a little loose for my taste so I twisted them up tighter, but that made them stiff - that's my fault, just don't do as I did! Aside from that I am very happy with the cable. It doesn't tangle too much or get stuck on things. Pretty much what you want from a braided cable. For the price, I can't think of anything negative with these. Perhaps you could find fault with the joint where the wires go into the drivers: it has a unique shape that makes it awkward to use custom cables with them. These are the most comfortable IEM's I've ever worn, and I find the fit to be solid. They never come loose and I can even let them hang from their ear loops when I need to talk someone, without worrying they'll flop off when I turn my head. (NOTE: I also own the EDC. Compared to the EDC3, the EDC has boomy, overpowered bass that unpleasantly muddies the mid-range and flattened/reduced treble response. The EDC3 has crisp, full highs; encompassing, strong mids; and smooth, extensive bass. If all you care about is bass and more bass then the EDC3 is not for you.)
onoduras
I use the ES100 with them as well, great combo. They do take EQ very well (the ES100's onboard EQ is very practical) and can be modeled to you taste.
Verified Purchaser
Technically these are wonderful. I have auditioned vsonic gr07 and fiio FH5 and Nuforce sounds better to me, it has the right tonality - vocals sound natural not thin, there is no sobilance even though the highs are not missing at all. Midrange is always crystal clear no matter how complex the track is in bass or treble, which makes them quite neutral. Soundstage is good if its well recorded - these headphones do well at layering the sounds in closer and further plans. The only drawback to me is that they miss just a few (like 2) decibels in the midbass, which takes away some punch (do note that the rumble is still there, low bass performance is good), when I EQed them with a 2 db boost around 100-150 hz these improved from very neutral to neutral but more engaging. To me this is the best IEM in the sub 100USD market, competing with headphones even twice their price.
Verified Purchaser
Liked the regular EDCs much more for music listening, which I gave a five star rating; EDC3 share these five star rating on comfort and design too, but... These are basically the same but for inner drivers. I expected these not to have the typical V signature and be more neutral, but sadly they're beyond neutrality: sound absolutely lifeless, hollow and cold on all sources I tried these on. Left them burning-in for some days, then tested again, and they went straight to the drawer. Relegated them to analytical (mixing or checking EQ) usage, musician monitoring, or silent instrument practice. I honestly wouldn't recommend them to anyone, if you're after neutral sounding, ultra-resolving IEMs for classical which is the only suitable usage I foresee, there are more enjoyable ones for the price. If you're after just enjoying music, regular EDCs FTW: while being pretty forgiving on sources, they shine with a good match: Impressive performance with iPhone Xs and Apple DAC/amp cable adapter! Instrument practice: Yamaha EPH-100 beats them for the same price and are sturdier though less comfortable. Depending on instrument, regular EDCs will fit the bill nicely. Edit: EDC3 sounds horrible out of a Vox AmPlug instrument headphone amp, unbearable hiss. Gym/Workout: Stay away from BA drivers, they don't mix with humidity. Again EDC (dynamic drivers) wins.
Verified Purchaser
These IEMs are super comfy, stay in well, and the foam tips isolate decently well. Sound quality varies quite a lot based on how well they fit, so make sure you get it right.
Verified Purchaser
My first IEM. Very pleased with the neutral sound. Quality construction. Very comfortable and natural fit. Nice accessories.
Verified Purchaser
Orignally i wanted to give four stars. I will just list my pros and cons: Pros
  • Sound is well balanced. Not like the cheap one's you find in every store which focus on ugly highs and weird bass. It might target audiophile ppl on a budget
  • durable. Comes with 2 cables and the one i use didn't break yet.
Cons
  • Don't like the cable itself since it is writhing weirdly all the time. But you have that problem with pretty much every cable which you have to wind up.
  • The drivers are loose as hell. At least one of my 2 drivers ... I almost lost it 2 times. Don't run with it when it's not in your ear since the connection to the cable is not perfect. It might be a faulty model but since it is only connected via two pins it's no wonder that it came off so easily.
Conclusion: They're really not bad for the money. But as an audiophile i would like to have my shure 535 back since i really enjoyed the awesome highs. Looking forward to buy them as soon as they drop to 200 $. But be careful when considering buying the 535 since there are a lot of fake versions of the "red" models and you have also to consider that you have to be careful with the cable since it costs you at least 50 $ to properly replace that cable. I haven't done anything wrong by buying the nuforce EDC 3. I just want to have something better. It's always like that, isn't it? Hope this helps!
Verified Purchaser
The most comfortable earbuds I've used - and I didn't expect this. Can sleep with them plugged in and I don't notice them. Sound is wonderfully balanced, especially for the price and they sound better when amped (such as with FiiO BTR3).
Verified Purchaser
Very comfortable. Great sound.
Verified Purchaser
Good sound with comfortable fit, but after a month of daily use the left driver stopped working. A connection broke and the braided cable doesn't play the right driver
Ludvig.back
I am having the exact same issue and will be requesting reimbursement or replacement of a like item.
Verified Purchaser
I have used these IEMs very lightly over the span of a little more than a month. The left driver is very loose and the right driver seems to be broken (the sound cuts in and out depending on where the cord is moved.) Also, the braided cable no longer works. Was fine with the neutral sound until they stopped working.
benf9801
I am having the exact same issue and will be requesting reimbursement or replacement of a like item.
Verified Purchaser
Ok. These things are worth every penny. Good bass and mids. Highs aren’t the most detailed (not very natural), BUT the highs are not harsh/sibilant. It’s a nice balance. I’d pay double for these. Hell, maybe even triple. My main monitors are Noble k10 CIEM so the comparison isn’t fair as they cost 18x and are arguably the greatest iem ever made; but the edc3 are impressive and just buy them already.
Verified Purchaser
Pros: I like them quite a bit for the detail in the mid-high end, as well as the overall build quality of the units themselves--more on this later. Included carry case was a nice touch. I run them amped with an Alo International, but they also sound just fine out of my phone or laptop. Very comfortable.
Cons: The only eartips I liked were the medium silicone ones, and one of them came apart while removing from my ear. Totally normal usage, kept in case basically all the time. This doesn't seem to be an isolated (ha) issue either, so I'm a bit disappointed. I'm using the Comply tips for now, but I'm not quite as fond of them as they actually isolate a bit too well for my liking.
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Verified Purchaser
I like them quite a bit, for gaming they allow me to hear footsteps better than my headphones (T40rpMk3's and HD650's) and for music they have an enjoyable tonality, not to piercing in the highs. My only gripe is the two sizes of foam tips included are large and massive
Verified Purchaser
I bought these since my 1more Triple Drivers habitually keep dying thanks to bad cabling. It's frustrating as they're probably the best bang-for-buck earbuds sans perhaps when the Shure X10s were discounted to roughly $90. I bought Nuforce EDCs which were pretty good (albeit consumery sound) and decided to get the EDC3s as I heard they were a bit more tempered by than the 1mores, which are a bit egregious. The Nuforce ED3s have a removable cable (which is great!) but the same mediocre cable fasteners, which were pretty much the death of my EDCs.
As far as soundscape, these are a bit a downgrade from the 1mores. While the bass is more in check, its a little too removed and the area around sibilance frequencies are a little too much. As someone who prefers the Beyerdynamic DT-990s over the HD650s, which tend to be considered near excessively trebly, I think it's worth noting that in particular.
These aren't bad headphones, but I prefer Shure and the 1more entries at the same price point, and the 1mores keep dropping in price, now effectively $20 cheaper. I'd consider the removable cabling worth $20 alone but the plastic chassis of the EDC3s makes me think I'll have the same unfortunate problem of cords detaching frequently making them too unreliable for biking, and finally, the EDC chassis cracking. I just wish there were high-end earbuds designed for people with active lifestyles (I bike to work, go the gym regularly, and on weekends like to get outdoors). I just want tough chassis, detachable cables and great sound and I haven't found anything in really.
Verified Purchaser
I've had my EDC3s for less than a month, so only time will tell how they hold up, but so far, I really like them. I wanted a flatter frequency response and was definitely trying to avoid the V or U shaped EQ experience because I'll be checking mixes with these sometimes. They sound pretty even and not fatiguing in the high end, but they're a little shy in the very low frequencies. It isn't that these frequencies aren't present at all - in fact, I can hear the bass just fine in good mixes - but my personal taste is to have a little more. On a modern mix, if I add about 3 dB at around 64 Hz with either a wide band or low shelf, I'm usually happy. Still, I find that just leaving them flat is useful because if the bass has enough presence without the boost, then I know that the low end mix is heading in the right direction.
I'm still playing with the different tips. I like the foam tips that were included, so I ordered some of the Comply comfort tips to see how I liked those. I've used them for a few hours now and they're working great for me.