Else where on this forum I have a review on the New FiiO BTR5. I pulled out a pair of fragile Etymōtic Hf3’s to try out. They had not been used in all most 5 years retired with the iPhone 6S. Once the settings in the BTR5 were adjusted for the correct impedance and sensitivity I was reacquainted to why the Ety’s are my favorite earphones. Because of my past experience I knew the ER3SE (Studio Edition) was the right choice. The fact they once again have replaceable MMCX cables makes it just that much sweeter. Ety’s do not really need extended bass if the music you are listening has a strong bass line the SE version will provide it. Fellow Ety’s owners know the fit in your ears are very important to get all of the sound these earphones have, they must fit deep in to ears to get this. For new users at first this can be very uncomfortable. My suggestion to new users is to fit the expanding foam sleeves that are supplied. They provide the correct fit, their disadvantage is they don’t last very long.
Like the Hf3’s the ER3SE’s are very detailed but neutral. They are the closest thing I have heard in earphones to “The English Sound”. The way I describe this sound is you can hear the interior of the sound stage the mid voices, brass, woodwinds, etc. The SE (original sound?) Ety’s are luscious listening to small room jazz, chamber music is a religious experience. But if you really want to get weirded out listen to binaural sounds, and music. https://soundcloud.com/binauralairwaves/sets/baby-states-the-lily-pad
I am so happy to be back with my favorites.