Etymotic ER3SE & ER3XR IEMs
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Etymotic ER3SE & ER3XR IEMs

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sparkdog
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Sep 25, 2022
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Studio clarity IEM's
Comfortable in the car, office, or kickin' back at the house. Quality cables that don't tangle easily. Quality accessories.
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Chunkus
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Aug 22, 2022
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Deep Insertion
Good for the money, fit just isn't for me.
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Would not recommend to a friend.
Looseleaf52
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Aug 4, 2022
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ER3XR lives up to the Etymotic legacy
I have been a fan of Etymotic gear since I bought my first ER4 many years ago. Clarity, purity, and intense detail are hallmarks of this brand, and I know of no other IEM that approaches the Etymotics in this area. The ERs reveal detail in recordings that surprise, astonish, and reward the listener, and I can always rely on them to present information in my recordings that I never knew was there. The old ER4 is a champ in that regard, and the ER3XR has 90% of that capability. However, while there is a small tradeoff from the ER4s in that crystaline presentation of mids and highs, and a bit less sense of space and air between instruments and notes, the ER3XR rewards the listener with a richer, deeper bass that is missing in the ER4. When I use my ER4, I often boost the bass so that it has a more balanced presence. The ER3XR, on the other hand has that already, along with another octave or two of low-end oomph that equalization alone cannot provide. I welcome that tradeoff in certain genres and recordings, where pace and rhythm benefit from a robust foundation and a wide frequency range in music reproduction. I also own a pair of the ER2XR, which is similar to the 3, but with a noticeably lower amount of secret sauce. Bass in the 3s sounds subtler because it is more controlled and better refined. Mids and highs have that Etymotic magic, to a greater degree than the 2s. The difference between the 2s and the 3s is much more substantial than the difference between the 3s and the 4s. In the latter case, the bass boost is the obvious standout, with the slight reduction in detail that I mentioned earlier, that may not even be obvious without a direct comparison to the various versions of the ER4. So, with the ER3XR, you get a big slice of the Etymotic pie with a substantially smaller price tag. Like all Etymotic IEMs, these perform best with deep insertion in the ear canal, and some will find that uncomfortable. I find that the grey foam tips work the best for me. I also have used pro ear tips from Comply that aid in both achieving the necessary insertion depth and creating the exceptional isolation these provide (think "noise reduction"). If ample bass and magical mids and highs are what you crave, I suggest trying Comply tips with the ERs. However, the range of tips that come with the ER3XR provides many options for finding a balance between comfort and the isolation that is necessary to get the bass performance that these guys can provide. These newer ERs also have a better cable (much less microphonic) and cable management that the old ER4, which makes using them yet more satisfying. I still return to the ER4 when I want to mine the most information from the recording, but the ER3XR is not far behind, and is now my go-to when traveling or just looking to disappear into the music with delivery by IEMs. They have excellent isolation (great for air travel), unrivaled detail, and now greater pace, rhythm, and timing enhanced by clean, clear low frequencies. They are not bass-heavy, though - look elsewhere for head-banging bass if that is what you crave. But for a satisfying balance in music and the opportunity to discover hidden gems in your recordings, the ER3XRs are a great choice at a very reasonable price.
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Reminister
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Jul 31, 2022
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Great everyday iems
Really enjoyable IEMs and the pair I go for everyday for work and commuting. They sound great of my phone and even better with a Dac.
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euzaurus
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Jul 23, 2022
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Comfort is good
I was concerned about the fit of these, but they’re surprisingly comfortable. I usually don’t like foam tips, but the included ones work well for me, and actually helps with the comfort.
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Pretty solid
a little analytical for my likings, but it's still a really solid pair at the price with excellent isolation
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Kendro
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Jun 30, 2022
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I really like the sound, its one of my daily driver now
Although its not as revealing or detail as my 7hz timeless, i like the tonal and it has good separation, still waiting for my er2se to arrive to compare though
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danieljohnsonrn
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May 31, 2022
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Excellent for price
I bought mine here when <$100US, because so many had said that they were an analytical reference point as well as Etymotic's storied history in IEM. Quick background: former classically trained bass player so I might lean toward being a bass-head. I personally prefer open-back over-ear cans for the soundstage, especially after I heard a pair of iGrados for the first time. I listen to a very wide variety of musical styles (but relatively little modern pop music due to the loudness-wars stuff) - my personal faves, in no particular order, would probably be TOOL, orchestral symphonic works, Imogen Heap, Blue Scholars, Yosi Horikawa, pre Bebop-thru-Hard Bop jazz including current players who refer to those eras, and SNFU (certainly not too audiophile - especially the first album from back when I was still skating). I really enjoy my Senn 560Ss, Focal Clears, HE5xxs, and 7Hz Timeless. Sources: mostly digital through LG V60 and Zen Dac V2, though it's entirely satisfying thru internal DAC in cMacPro via old Kenwood stereo receiver. Oh, and Dual TT with Grado Gold cart (best upgrade ever) thru the internal Kenwood pre. I was afraid, at first, of the discomfort I expected from insertion of the Etys into my canals, but it turned out to be no problem that I can tell. I have problems with fit, as I think I might have larger-than-average outer ears, leading to poor bass response. I ended up using the foam tips that were included, because they provided the best sub-bass response without losing the delicacy of the top. I bought some Comply Premiums, but I haven't decided if I prefer them yet to the stock foams. I find that I can forget them being in my ears about as much as I can forget the Timeless in-ear with Sedna tips (firm for more lows). When comparing the 3XRs to other IEMs I've tried, they outclass the Tin T2s (original with stock tips or with Sedna tips), especially in bass and sub-bass. They definitely outclass BLON BL03s, though I have fit problems with them. Moondrop Chus are shockingly good for the price, but low-end information is simply covered by the higher sounds in an unbalanced way, and the 3XRs deliver the same quality of treble/mid detail to me with the addition of bass support for the sound, and even some impact (hesitate to say "slam" though). Comparing these to Timeless seems to be the closest comparison for me, which seems appropriate, given the cost. I also feel like the immediacy of the sound is rather similar, despite being very different driver arrangements. I find that choosing between the two when listening seems to revolve more around comfort and convenience than sound quality. I've put my Timeless onto Fiio TWS3s, and they seem to power the Timeless sufficiently in a way that my LG V60 couldn't via cabled output. I haven't been able to test the 3XRs in a balanced config yet, though, due to lacking an appropriate cable; I'd be surprised if it was a night-and-day difference though. All in all, I'm very grateful that Drop was able to offer these at this price, as I'm very satisfied. I'm in no rush to put down over twice as much for 4-series Etys though. HTH!
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hurlingninja
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May 14, 2022
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Nice fit and very comfortable
Comes with ample different tips and an OK carrying case. Very comfortable. Sound is clear, especially with a Dragonfly Black. Listen with my teenager and he was very happy. Would like multiple drives, but these are nice at the price point.
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Great Sounding IEMs
I don't use a lot of IEMs and kind of picked these up on a whim but I am definitely happy with them.
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