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Etymotics HF3 vs Ultimate Ears 600vi: which is best for iPhone music enjoyment + calls

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Hello Head-Fi'ers,
 
I checked the recent '12 earbud comparo' and didn't see these listed so I wanted to ask people's opinions.
 
 
I have looked at the specs, but have been unable to determine which one will deliver better audio quality. I listen to primarily house music, along with acoustic guitar, some hip-hop, rock, and lounge. Bass is a good thing, but it's not the primary aspect I look for in earbuds.
 
One key thing I'm looking for is DURABILITY. I've owned Klipsch and Skullcandy and am tired of RMA'ing for replacements. Ear comfort is also important, but in this internet age it's not really possible to try these out in person before buying.
 
They both cost $100 online, so this point I'm considering both. I've heard the Etys deliver a flat sound and the UEs deliver a richer sound, but I've been unable to confirm this even with calls into the manufacturers themselves.
 
Does anyone have experience with these earbuds, or manufacturers?
 
Thanks for your thoughts,
 
Dan
 
post #2 of 9

Replying to this to bump it, as I have pretty much this exact same question.

 

I have Shure 535s, but they are back for their second repair.  I'm having big problems with the connection between the cable and the IEMs themselves.  So I figure I'll get some cheaper IEMs as backups, and to take the daily wear off the 535s.  I like the sound of the Shures (and was thinking of getting some 215s), but I'd like to consider the Hf3s and 600vis as well.  Doesn't seem like I've seen that exact comparison much.

 

Any opinions, folks?

post #3 of 9

UE 600 for the bass ... while it lasts.

 

HF3 for the accuracy, which will last much longer.

post #4 of 9

By "while it lasts" are you referring to the relative durability of the IEMs, or something else?

post #5 of 9

Yes, durability.  Mid- to lower-line UE phones are not known for durability -- check amazon.com reviews.

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So you say that after you pay 100+$ they won't last for a long time.. Its really Sad.. I need other people owning UE600 to comment so I can make a decision. has anyone bought these. and How long have you used them.. Are they really delicate??

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These are what my 600VIs look like after about three months use:

 

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Sorry for the crappy picture quality. confused_face.gif

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This is a replacement pair BTW.

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Hi there,

 

I personally can't speak for the UE600 but I do have a pair of Etymotic HF5's which is the microphone edition not made specifically for the iPhone.

 

My impressions from having the Etymotics for around 6 months is that the detail is very good for an IEM.  They offer really good instrument seperation and the bass is really tight and compact.  They bass does lack extension but makes up for it by being very concise.  Also worth mentioning is that the isolation is superb and using them on the NYC subway I can't hear anything at all which is sometimes bad.

 

As for the durability, I have treated these pair of earphones very roughly.  I've yanked on them alot when moving around during my commutes and I've stepped on them a couple of times.  However, they are still working fine and I don't think I've heard of Etymotic's having issues with durability before on these forums.

 

Here is my 2 cents and I hope you enjoy whatever purchase you finally end up making.

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