Preview: Etymotic mc3 Headset + Earphones With 3-Button Remote | iLounge

First Look

First Look: Etymotic mc3 Headset + Earphones With 3-Button Remote

Not Rated

Company: Etymotic Research


Model: mc3

Price: $99

Compatible: All iPods, iPhones, iPads

Share This Article:

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.


Editors' Note: iLounge only reviews products in "final" form, but many companies now change their offerings - sometimes several times - after our reviews have been published. This iLounge article provides more information on this practice, known as revving.

Related First Looks + Reviews

Sign up for the iLounge Weekly Newsletter

iLounge is an independent resource for all things iPod, iPhone, iPad, and beyond.
iPod, iPhone, iPad, iTunes, Apple TV, Mac, and the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple Inc.
iLounge is © 2001 - 2018 iLounge, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Terms of Use | Privacy Policy