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Company: Etymotic Research

Website: www.etymotic.com

Model: mc3

Price: $99

Compatible: All iPods, iPhones, iPads

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Etymotic mc3 Headset + Earphones With 3-Button Remote

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By Jeremy Horwitz

Editor-in-Chief, iLounge ()
Published: Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Category: Headphones, Earphones, Headsets + Accessories

Revealed at the 2010 CES but for whatever reason not finalized until much later in the year, Etymotic's mc3 ($99) is the company's most aggressively-priced in-ear headphone to feature Apple-ready three-button remote and microphone functionality. Using tuned moving coil drivers that the company selected to offer the best accuracy possible in a budget product, mc3 also promises the maximum passive noise isolation when listening in loud environments, and high microphone sensitivity -- though largely identical to Apple's own microphone performance. The metallic-bodied earpieces ship with four types of isolating tips ranging from foams to triple-flange silicones in two sizes, plus a carrying case, extra filters, and a cleaning tool. A less expensive version called mc5 ($80) notably won a 2010 Best of Show Finalist Award from iLounge, removing the in-line volume controls while preserving the central play/pause/call answer/end button and featuring a different microphone.

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