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HF3(HF5) vs MC3(MC5) for smaller ears

post #1 of 11
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Hi all,

 

My girlfriend's birthday is approaching and I'm going to be taking this opportunity to introduce her to the world of hi-fi. dt880smile.png

 

I've settled on either the Etymotic HF3 or MC3 as she's also been looking for a hands-free for her iPhone. I was leaning toward the MC3 as I've read the HF3/HF5 durability can be suspect. However, I've also read that the larger housing of the MC3 is harder to get a good fit with, and can be uncomfortable with some.

 

Can anyone with smaller ears chime in on this?

post #2 of 11

The tip itself will still be bigger than the actual housings so it shouldn't be a problem.  IDK how much larger the housing on the MCs are compared to the EtyKids, but for my small ears, the EtyKids are extremely comfortable.  For overall quality, I'd recommend the HFs.

post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by tinyman392 View Post

The tip itself will still be bigger than the actual housings so it shouldn't be a problem.  IDK how much larger the housing on the MCs are compared to the EtyKids, but for my small ears, the EtyKids are extremely comfortable.  For overall quality, I'd recommend the HFs.



Oh, I'm not considering the EtyKids. It's either the MC3 or HF3 since the mic will be handy. Do you have both the Kids and the HFs?

post #4 of 11
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My small eared brothers and sisters, where are you?

post #5 of 11

I dunno how small my ears are, but I am a female and I can say that the HF5/3/2 housing is pretty slim. I use the small tri-flanges with these. However, the deep insertion that it takes to use them (with the provided tips anyway) may not be for everyone, so it would be prudent to consider other options as well. Some people use shure olives with the etys, and that might help too.

post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by blackcoffeex1 View Post

I dunno how small my ears are, but I am a female and I can say that the HF5/3/2 housing is pretty slim. I use the small tri-flanges with these. However, the deep insertion that it takes to use them (with the provided tips anyway) may not be for everyone, so it would be prudent to consider other options as well. Some people use shure olives with the etys, and that might help too.



What do you think of the build quality on the HF5/3/2? I've read some mixed reviews about that, which is why I'm considering the MC5/3.

post #7 of 11

When I first bought the HF5 years ago, I ended up having to have it replaced a few times. However, I have one of the new ones now and they have improved the durability a lot. So I'd say now it's pretty decent, especially as long as it's taken care of. These also have a 2 year warranty so if you save your receipt Etymotic will replace them if something does happen.


Edited by blackcoffeex1 - 12/5/11 at 7:34pm
post #8 of 11

I have had no issues with the durability of my HF3s.  The seem very sturdy to me.

post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by blackcoffeex1 View Post

When I first bought the HF5 years ago, I ended up having to have it replaced a few times. However, I have one of the new ones now and they have improved the durability a lot. So I'd say now it's pretty decent, especially as long as it's taken care of. These also have a 2 year warranty so if you save your receipt Etymotic will replace them if something does happen.



Where would you say the weak point of the construction is? I've read that they switched from a straight plug to angled plug with better strain relief. But I did read a review on amazon dated only a month ago that talked about durability issues with the housing.

post #10 of 11

I just bought a pair of HF5 and they look pretty darn solid to me. They have an L style jack and while not big strain relief do have strain relief as the IEM housing itself. I just posted this comment in another thread. Man o man for someone convinced I was a dynamic only type of listener and one dead set against an Ety, all I can say is man was I ever wrong!

post #11 of 11

They have a 45 degree angle plug. No idea why they don't just make it a 90 deg angle plug. 

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