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

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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.

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

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

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

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Company and Price

Company: Etymotic Research

Website: www.etymotic.com

Model: mc3

Price: $99

Compatible: All iPods, iPhones, iPads

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Jeremy Horwitz

Jeremy Horwitz was the Editor-in-Chief at iLounge. He has written over 5,000 articles and reviews for the website and is one of the most respected members of the Apple media. Horwitz has been following Apple since the release of the original iPod in 2001. He was one of the first reviewers to receive a pre-release unit of the device, and his review helped put iLounge on the map as a go-to source for Apple news.