Future Sonics EM3 earbuds mini-review

Someon from Austin, TX emailed me asking:

> So, what do you think of the EM3s?

Here is my reply:

Very happy. Recommend them to all my friends. Have some friends who are musicians who are now excited about in-ear monitors as well.

Where did you find me?


Bass response: great.

Detail: Very good.

Separation: Terrific

They really shine when you listen to something with serious detail in it, like Bob Dylan’s Time Out of Mind album.

Very immersive. I would buy them again.

Let me put it this way: I expected to notice a HUGE difference when I upgraded to these from my normal earbuds. Well, I did. But even more remarkable is the difference when I DOWNGRADE back to my old earbuds. The sound is so bad, I can’t stand it.

So there’s a great, noticeable difference on upgrade. But you’ll REALLY notice the difference when you try to return to your old life of mediocre $10 earbuds.

I listen to an eclectic mix of music. But I listen to mid-90’s rock the most, which I think is where these headphones excel. If I was listening to mostly classical music, I’d buy something from Shure or Etymotic.

I’d buy these again in a minute.

Oh, and people at work don’t even think I’m listening to headphones, if they notice them at all. They think they’re earplugs. Good!

And the cable is the perfect length for me. I can run it down the front of my shirt and have it connect at the iPod hanging from my belt. It’s just the right length for me. I can even run it down my shirt and back up to the iPod if it’s on the desk.

And they don’t get tangled up at all, unlike ALL my other earbuds.

Also, if I was a jogger (I’m not) I wouldn’t use them because they do reproduce the sound from the cables rubbing on my clothes. But since I just sit and walk with them, it’s fine.

I’m never going back.

How’s that?


P.S. Oh, I forgot:

I didn’t like the case they came in. It was soft, I wanted hard. So I put them in a little mint case (about half the size of an Altoids can) that I picked up at a tradeshow. Fits perfect!