I then remembered they had ONE other Etymotic in their island of earbud misfits-the Etymotic hf3. Unfamiliar I did my homework. I was hooked-a sound signature true to their
ER4-P??!! But then I noticed the truly spectacular, the internet was telling me they sell for $180. Silly internet BB told me they're $98. Wait a second. . .
Of course the store I had eyed what I thought were lesser Ety's to my chosen mc3's (WRONG) Was now fresh out and would not be restocking them. After swallowing what tasted like battery acid, and stemming the oncoming onslaught of self depricating expletives screaming towards my lips, he had productively searched the Dallas metroplex and found a few at other stores. It was only when I traded them out did I notice the intricate device protecting the hf, absent on the mc-"Oh dude, i mean sir, these are like $200."
"So you've listened to them, its always refreshing to meet a fellow audiophile!"
"Oh no, never heard em-i a Beats guy man. . ."
I quickly grabbed my hidden gems, and retreated to solitude. Their sound, beautiful. Almost identical to the ER4-P. Top shelf highs, magnificent smooth mids, and a rich abundant bass exhibiting extension, control, depth, and blissful nuance. They are neutral, highly musical, detailed, accurate, fast, and top form Etymotic through and through.
Sooooo basically, while they last, BB has the truly amazing Etymotic hf3 in Cobalt for a STAGGERING $98!!! Just thought I'd pass that along. (Once they're sold out they aren't re-stocking-after all BB can have but one $200 IEM, and Bowers & Wilkins would tremble in the Ety's shadow ) Happy Holidays & Happy Listening