I got it from amazon.fr for about USD250 after conversion (shipping to Australia). At that price it is an absolute, undoubted steal (unless you have an aversion to bass).
Maybe the bass driver shrunk and sounds tighter now. And rusty armatures improve mids/highs texture.
Just bought a pair of H1's as an impulse buy, basically because the H3's are out of stock here in New Zealand.
I have to say I have been very pleasantly surprised .They are much better than my xba3 and xba4 at least to my ears anyway.
So, anyone have scratches on theirs, yet? I have a small one, already, by the air vent of the left earphone and it hasn't even been a week...
They've been traveling with me, everywhere, though... so not really surprised...
they are much more fun sounding and they sound really gentle , and , yes , better then xba-3 .
So, maybe my ears have finally gotten used to the sound signature, because the bass definitely seems to have tightened up and makes it require a lot less EQ.
I think it is quite picky about the DAC/amplification. It works very well with the HRT microstreamer connected to the laptop without EQ (but using the tape mod). However it doesn't sound good from the headphone output of my laptop at all. I can imagine a brighter sounding DAC will pair well with it (for example Sony's own ZX1 Walkman -- why is this still not available outside Japan ... GRRRRR!!)
The H3 has very interesting imaging ability for an IEM. Sounds a lot more holographic (but still in the head) for example compared to the Shure SE500 (where the image is pretty much centered right in the middle of the head for me).
The downside is that isolation is quite mediocre compared to the Shure, which pretty much blocks everything out completely. With the H3 I can still hear external noise, especially lower frequency rumble (like engine noise).