Review Earsonics EM3-pro - early impressions and pics
Earsonics already have established a great name with the SM2 professional earphone and the Earsonics SM3, but their EM3-pro, as their top-of-the-line custom monitor is another great product.
My Earsonics EM3Pro Flickr set can be seen here
Unlike many of their competitors who use acrylic shells, Earsonics shells are solid and the drivers deeply packed in the main body of the iem, not the stems. This has a couple of advantages: firstly, that the drivers shouldn't come loose with too much shaking; and secondly, that the unit itself should suffer fewer problems from crushed shells, especially as that pertains to the inner ear portion.
Jerry Harvey, Westone and UE customers should be pretty well used to the twisted cable which sits on two very tiny pins per side.
This unit has NO indication of which unit is left and which is right - frustration until you can play a track which calibrates which cable should go into which earphone.
The case is okay. It isn't indicative of the price of a custom monitor in any way. It is plastic and overall, cheap. While it serves better than the old JH13Pro box, it isn't by any means, impressive. The internal padding is nice of course, but I cannot shake the feeling that... for the money, a pelican case would be much better.
So how do these sound? Very good actually, and if I may use the term: laid back. They are not 'detail' freaks nor are they 'bass freaks', though they don't lack either. Neutral if a little lacklustre in the top end is probably a good way to describe them and probably great for guitarists and in general, sound engineers and musicians. I've not done frequency tests on them yet, but will do so when I get the chance.
Are they worth the price of admission? Yes. Do they deserve a better cable and box? Yes.
From what I understand, you can order them with a recessed cable jack for more secure trimming to the earphone base. Good on ya, Earsonics!
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