Review + Giveaway: RF3 LIVE Natural Wood Stereo Earphones

If you're looking for a stylish pair of headphones without a hefty price tag - the RF3 LIVE natural wood stereo earphones may be worth taking a second look at. Everything from the design of the actual earbuds down to the elegant packaging makes these headphones stand out from a lot of others in the same price range. But what about the most important feature of a good pair of headphones? Sound quality. Follow along to see how we felt they performed.

When it came to sound quality I thought the RF3 headphones held up extremely well for the price. The headphones themselves are noise isolating and come with a few different sets of tips for a better fit. They were rather comfortable to wear but I wouldn't suggest them as the best option for athletes or runners as I had them fall out of my ears a few times.

The 3.5MM headphone jack has a longer adapter which also allowed me to use them with virtually any case. One quirk I've never really gotten over with my Bose headphones is that the jack is shorter and some cases including bumpers don't like to play nice with them. That isn't the case here.

The headphones also have a built-in mic that you can interact with just like you can default Apple earbuds. This means iPhone 4S users can easily interact with Siri quickly and easily. I tested the mic on several occasions and had no issues with Siri picking up on what I was saying even in a semi-noisy environment.

As far as the acoustics and sound while listening to music, I thought they held their own against many other headphones in the same price range. They even performed better than some more expensive headphones I've used in the past. The only issue I did see was when it came to bass levels. I felt that they were rather shallow. Even with my iPod settings set to enhance the bass they didn't seem to perform near as well as my Bose MIE2i headphones. That is not as fair of a comparison though since they are nowhere near the same price range.

Overall, I'd say they perform well for the price if you want a decent pair of headphones that stand out from the rest without breaking the bank. You can find the RF3 LIVE natural wood headphones in the TiPb accessory store for $34.95.

Pros

  • Great price for a quality product
  • A variety of ear tip pieces included
  • Built-in mic works exceptionally well
  • Noise cancellation works just as good as most expensive noise isolating headphones
  • The sound doesn't distort when at a high level like some lower priced ear buds
  • The headphone jack seems to fit well with almost every case I have, bulky or not

Cons

  • Not great for runners and athletes as the headphones don't offer a very firm and secure fit (or I just have little ears)
  • The bass levels seem to be rather shallow compared to other ear buds

Giveaway

Just leave a comment below telling us what you'd listen to if you were given a set of RF3 LIVE Natural Wood Stereo Earphones of your very own! A special song? A great audio book? A bunch of Mobile Nations podcasts? What?

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HungWell says:

Be the first on your block to be picking splinters out of your ear canal ;)

jlb21 says:

I would love to win these, and listen to Steve Vai and Orianthi playing/singing Jimi's Little Wing.

HungWell says:

Be the first on your block to be picking splinters out of your ear canal ;)

Hartbanj says:

The collected speeches of Malcolm X, one of the great orators—and leaders—of the 20th century

zlively says:

I would live these to listen to some JayZ- and some sweet reggae music

Sam Curalov Jr. says:

i'd listen to myself play music and definitely iphone live. i'm a musician and those head phones would be create for sound isolation by the way they look. i'm also a IT consultant so i have to up to par with current technology and this is the place for that sort of info... :-) cheers everyon!!!

Jbbarrette says:

Some Foo Fighters of course!

Nils Koch says:

I'd listen to the new Coldplay album which I love.

Nils Koch says:

I'd listen to the new Coldplay album which I love.

Nils Koch says:

I'd listen to the new Coldplay album which I love.

Mattbloomingdale says:

I have some long commutes on the subway and usually enjoy listening to podcasts and other spoken voice-based apps and files, etc. Of course the public transportation is really load so having a good set of headphones with high sound quality and some noise cancellation would be great!

Mattbloomingdale says:

I have some long commutes on the subway and usually enjoy listening to podcasts and other spoken voice-based apps and files, etc. Of course the public transportation is really load so having a good set of headphones with high sound quality and some noise cancellation would be great!

Mattbloomingdale says:

I have some long commutes on the subway and usually enjoy listening to podcasts and other spoken voice-based apps and files, etc. Of course the public transportation is really load so having a good set of headphones with high sound quality and some noise cancellation would be great!

C Ray says:

I think the new Ton Waits album might sound even better on these!

Novaj9 says:

I could use these to drown out Cars 2 as my kids watch it for the 78th straight time....

William Kenneth Stein says:

If I won a pair, might give me a great excuse to put more of my music collection on my new iPhone! :)

ChaosShadow says:

I'd be jamming to some Electro House! Probably one of my Mixes :)

foglock says:

I would be listening to all my games instead of muting them.

Christopher N. Deckard says:

I'd listen to a bunch of random stuff on my iPhone, as well as talk to my wife.

Cuilo says:

Steve Job's bibliography audiobook & whatch the throne album!!

Alexander Rjaño says:

I will listen to Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, then some of the Strauss' Tone Poems Zolti-Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra is a good version! ;-)

el_capitan10 says:

I'd listen to my books on tape!

cyberbob says:

Deadmau5 and Skrillex will be pumping into my ear holes please and thank you...

teejaywhy says:

OZZY! And I would love to have the mic so I can talk to Siri in the car. :)

Gerald Schmidt says:

Daft Punks "Rinzler" from the Tron: Legacy OST :)
It's loud, it's bad, I love it!

C Ray says:

I think the new Tom Waits album main sound even better with these.

Mathew Dapkins says:

Patton Oswalt comedy, Marc Maron pod-casts, with a little Faith No More sprinkled in for good (musical) measure!

bebass says:

love to win these - they look great - thanks for the contest
BB

wvaseliou says:

Every morning when I walk my dog I listen to iPad Live, iPhone Live, Zen & Tech, Mobile Nations or Crackberry Kevin Podcasts. And when I'm finished with the podcasts, I can always turn to some Classic Rock and Roll from my playlists.

Blair Rohlfing says:

Obviously I would wear these to stick it to my tree-hugger roommate...

Blair Rohlfing says:

Obviously I would wear these to stick it to my tree-hugger roommate...

teepeeayy says:

Kraftwerk's "Trans Europe Express"

Gerardo says:

I'm always listening music and videos on my iPhone 4. Also some videos in Youtube and other apps episodes.

Trej89 says:

I would listen to The Brooks Lee Catastrophe while I rock those new earbuds.

Poopedtim says:

Music mainly Trevor Hall, matisyahu, jack johnson!

Ken says:

After I catch up on Mobile nations and iPhone live, I'm going straight to Foster the People.

Mister Legend says:

I'd sit back and let Genius pick the music.

Saewert says:

I am hooked on pod casts as I am on my daily walk.

Gerardo says:

I'm always listening music and videos from my iPhone 4. Also sometimes episodes by some other apps.

Rubjr254 says:

I would listen to CCR and Chicago while waiting for class to start v

Derek L Willis says:

I'll advertise these very well!

Zachary Adelstein says:

I would love to love to listen to some great Pat Green and Randy Rogers on those headphones!

chrisb3 says:

I'd be listening to lots of classic rock, jazz & blues with them.

Rewana says:

I like to listen to the radio, R&B, Whitney Houston, UB40, etc.
And also to disturb nobody... Only Me & Meself & I...

ckalli says:

perfect to listen to some Mystic India (check them out)

natesac says:

I listen to over a dozen podcasts every week. My apple ear buds only play through the right side. I'm sick of them. I use them to watch movies on my iPad and I am missing half the action :(

Gerardo says:

I'm always listening music and videos from my iPhone 4. Also sometimes episodes by some other apps.

Keesee18 says:

I listen to the Beatles to White Zombie an every in between. Would love to put the RF3 to the test.

SNOWBOARDER says:

iam a wrestler in college and i warm up to music and on the way there i lesson to music or a good book or on the way home on my ipad i watch a movie and its very week i do this and a new set of head phones would do me well.

utgreenhead says:

Easy enough.... "Homeboy" by Eric Church!

David says:

would listen to sunday ticket at work :)

David says:

would listen to sunday ticket at work :)

Bacco says:

Outlaws, Green Grass and High Tides

Bacco says:

Outlaws, Green Grass and High Tides

Amarrero7110 says:

blues, podcasts (mobile nations) and DUBSTEP for the gym.

DDS0728 says:

I'd be listening to Girl In A Coma with these sweet looking earbuds!

Mike says:

I would listen to the many songs on my iphone and rock out!

Mike says:

I would listen to the many songs on my iphone and rock out!

Numbtwoit says:

I would start off with a relaxing Album like black sands by bonobo, kiara is a key track and then get laughing with Adam Carollas Audio book of in 50 years we'll all be chicks and then finish in a rage with rage against the machines self titled album, bomb track would never sound better!

Numbtwoit says:

I would start off with a relaxing Album like black sands by bonobo, kiara is a key track and then get laughing with Adam Carollas Audio book of in 50 years we'll all be chicks and then finish in a rage with rage against the machines self titled album, bomb track would never sound better!

Fred says:

I would start by listening to Bob Dylan's Blood On The Tracks?

Fred says:

I would start by listening to Bob Dylan's Blood On The Tracks?

theonetrueMike says:

I would be tuning into the amazing girls gone gadget podcast! Those two make a great combo in opinion as well as the iphone live podcast with that pimp rene ^_^

theonetrueMike says:

I would be tuning into the amazing girls gone gadget podcast! Those two make a great combo in opinion as well as the iphone live podcast with that pimp rene ^_^

i_needthose_headphones! says:

Miles Davis' version of "Autumn Leaves". Boom.

ozmacr says:

I would listen to my movies , while my wife would be soundly asleep next to me.

spelletier says:

The correct answer would be TiPB podcasts...but really anything I want with Spotify.

sanguine says:

Be listening / watching horror flicks on my ipad!

Jon Slaughter says:

Very nice I would love to have these!!!

Sabina Krasnov says:

I would listen to different types of music when I am on the train going to work, hope to win.

baloghjz says:

I would listen to a good mix of orchestra music, heavy on the woodwinds. They would sound great coming through wood earphones! :-)

Nursenate_101 says:

I would listen to my fave band Garbage!

Derian Julihn says:

Anything but Nickelback... probably Sticks and Stones by Jonsi

Ilovegeorgia says:

I'd listen to my favorite r&b artist frank ocean. I got this new mixtape by him that has over 64 songs and the great headphones would help me enjoy it in full.

Balinskio says:

The Dreaming Tree by Dave Matthews Band. (only song I could think of with wood in it)

dloveprod says:

I'd listen to I'm Going Up Yonder by Tiffany Carlin Laird.

jeffcalloway says:

Soundtrack of Broadway play Wicked - lots of different sounds and beats, from rock to classical

Nicholas Lancaster says:

I would listen to iPhone live with these!

imbf says:

I would listen to my eclectic taste in music from Jazz, Funk, Alt and Indie Rock, Folk, Classic Hip-hop and Rap

Icebox93 says:

I would listen to the awesome horn of Coltrane while my neighbors are plugging away at their computers. And on the train I'd listen to my favorite podcasts.

Corey says:

I'd use these things to listen to my teacher's A&P lectures online. Then, right before my brain explodes, I'd relax to some Ween.

Super Roses says:

I would listen to a little bit of everything, Beyonce, One Republic, Mozart, and lots of Christmas music given the season.

BlaZiN1213 says:

I suppose I would listen to most of the music on my iPhone with the exception of some of the heavier bass laden songs. Since I listen to many, many different kinds of music depending on the situation and mood, there is no single song,album or even genre that I would for sure be listening to.

Carlosbarajas57 says:

I would listen to some jCole kid cudI drake and wale

djayme7 says:

some serious drum n bass!

Nabil N Alanbar says:

I would listen to the Beatles. Eleanor Rigby.

RJ Salewicz II says:

I would listen to The Beatles of course!

Carlos Castellanos says:

Id listen to Drakes upcomin new album ;D

A.J. Martinez says:

Steve Jobs biography on audio!

fireman says:

I would listen to the TIPB podcasts!

Kevin Millbank says:

howard stern. i listen to him all day and i need a good set of earphones.

Wesley Batista says:

I'll listen to the Acoustics of Jack Johnson!!!

boto says:

I would be listening to the new drake album that comes out this week! Also blasting the new Wale album as well!!!!! i would love these for my iphone 4 as well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jobosumm says:

if i won these headphones id listen to some ra ra riot.

BrindawithanI says:

Why TiPb pod casts, of course!

Hignigh17 says:

In-war headphones have become my favorite way to listen to anything other than what is going on around me. From music, to movies, and now Siri, I'd be putting these things to good use :)

Amit Margalit says:

Dubstep, defenetly electro house music

Bounwest says:

I would use these to replace my monster beats by Dr. Dre because they're probably better :)

Ouro says:

I would offer them to a person I know that really enjoys good music and needs a new par of earphones.

Evan_Beezy says:

Id become in tune with myself listening to the whimsical lyrics of Kendrick Lamar

Jovy says:

j-pop...is there anything else?

Antiponjin says:

I would let my kids listen to Barney so I could get some sleep. ;-)

southunder says:

Honestly, I would listen to anything I had available on my phone (be it heavy metal, Christmas music or jazz) that way I could drown out my coworkers who yammer on about the most pointless stuff. I understand we work together 40 hours a week, but I cannot tell you how exhausted my ears are from hearing one of them go on and on about her grandchild's poopy diapers or how the grand kids are so cute even when they have the flu...

Alex Mackoul says:

Mostly Dubstep!-But also Daft Punk, and some Lil Wayne. And tons of YouTube videos.

Hellpop says:

I'm on a big Gainsbourg kick lately, so it would have to be L'histoire de Melody Nelson for me.

dreeves76 says:

To be able to lose myself in a long and mind numbing session of Disturbed would be great

okstateboi07 says:

I would listen to all the Heavy D hip hop songs from way back.

Jor Taylor says:

I'd listen to TiPb podcasts! hahaa.
And my Michael Jackson/Jay-Z playlist

flipish5 says:

I would listen to all my podcasts. Its a much better way to pass the hours at work.

tperlmutter says:

Podcasts. Have I mentioned podcasts.

tperlmutter says:

Podcasts. Have I mentioned podcasts.

bamf-hacker says:

I would listen to the rest of the Steve Jobs book :)

bamf-hacker says:

I would listen to the rest of the Steve Jobs book :)

O5otato5o says:

would have to be hirstys daily dose specificaly anonymous confesions on galaxy erm i mean capital

O5otato5o says:

would have to be hirstys daily dose specificaly anonymous confesions on galaxy erm i mean capital

Anthony Fabio says:

John Zorn – A Dreamers Christmas! only after thanksgiving of course.

Anthony Fabio says:

John Zorn – A Dreamers Christmas! only after thanksgiving of course.

Taylor says:

ATB's Distant Earth album =)

Taylor says:

ATB's Distant Earth album =)

Maleonguerrero says:

I would listen to Drake's new album!

Maleonguerrero says:

I would listen to Drake's new album!

TestingVC says:

Yes, I want one if lucky me...

Jorge Franqui20 says:

I would listen to Pandora and some Mobile Nations podcasts for sure. Headphones look awesome!

Topypunk says:

I use it to listen to my sweet grandma how leaves funny voice mails all the time.

Calebswag7 says:

I would use these to listen to some faded papers figures definitely!

Calebswag7 says:

I would use these to listen to some faded papers figures definitely!

ajk791 says:

I'd use them to listen to a shitload of Foo Fighters. It's as simple as that.

ajk791 says:

I'd use them to listen to a shitload of Foo Fighters. It's as simple as that.

tyler_zyco says:

Anything from Morning Wood on my wood headphones!

Pettyh216 says:

I would use my ear phones to watch a nice movie to relax after teaching 130 students.

Dustin says:

I would use them as a dedicated traveling pair of earbuds since I always forget to unpack the stock ones after a trip, and then can't find them. I would use them to listen to music of course, and my three favorite podcasts: iPad live, iPhone live, and Iterate.

Michael VanWinkle says:

I'd listen to the audio summary for my US Politics class so that I can get a better grade in the class

Robeckhard says:

I would listen to some Every Time I Die, starting with We'rewolf. Followed by Go and Get It by Ace Hood because I finally have an iPhone that organizes my music the way I want it.

ApexMI says:

I would listen to iPhone Live, weekly on them!!!

Gerard Uht says:

I'd listen to "Ished" by Chick Corea to transcribe the parts correctly because I can HEAR them haha.

brk2012 says:

I'd listen to some Shane and Shane!

Dannybrowneyes says:

G Love and the Special Sauce, followed by Buena Vista Social Club! I need these earbuds! I feel so pretentious walking down the street with Grado cans draped over my noggin'! (Though I do love the sound)

36dbldz says:

I'd listen to the same music as always

Azlan says:

I'd listen to Electronic music.

Debra Gagner says:

I would listen to podcasts. Especially love "This American Life".

Vic-20 says:

I'd listen to nerdy video game soundtracks.

kdavies says:

I'd finally finish the rest of the Dexter audiobooks. :)

Jovy says:

j-pop. is there anything else?

AL says:

Some kid cudi would sound nice on those buds.

AL says:

Some kid cudi would sound nice on those buds.

foggylemon says:

The song that I can't get out of my head right now is Somewhere Only We Know by Keane.

Mjschmid says:

Garbage, the band not the genre.

jhpx123 says:

I listen to Pandora all day long at work. Would love a pair

Mtwow789 says:

I will use it to listen to your podcast!

sjb says:

i'd listen to iPhone and iPad Live! of course!

Phyllis says:

I'd listen to jazz numbers by Stacey Kent on this pair of earphones. Sweet, smooth, and surreal.

Phil says:

I'd listen to jazz numbers by Stacey Kent on this pair of earphones. I bet it'll be smooth, sweet, and most of all surreal.

Delrahim69 says:

I would use them for my iPad 2 to watch movies or videos. The speakers are ok but I like headphones/earphones when watching movies on my iPad. But I would definitely use to listen to TiPbs podcasts too!!

Phyllis says:

I'd listen to jazz numbers by Stacey Kent with this pair of earphones. I bet it'll be smooth, sweet, and most of all surreal.

Jerry says:

music and movies on my iDevice

Angelina Christopher says:

This is some thing I am looking forward to it for my iDevices.....!!!!www.saqibimran.com

Mobile Virgin says:

I would listen to the vast array of music that is out there can't pick just one

J-Caps says:

I would listen to the new Yo-Yo Ma album, The Goat Rodeo Sessions.

Nick Crist says:

i would listen to all of The Summer Set albums

Jdr8402 says:

Considering I just bought a bunch of movies from iTunes for travel purposes...I will be listening to those while in flight.

Quick5pnt0 says:

I listen to podcasts of all kinds through my ipod touch while at work. So much so that my current earbuds are nearly worth through to the wire. A set of these beautiful buds would be a god send!

Quick5pnt0 says:

I listen to podcasts of all kinds through my ipod touch while at work. So much so that my current earbuds are nearly worth through to the wire. A set of these beautiful buds would be a god send!

KekoaLani says:

I'd listen to as many Steve Jobs keynotes and videos that I could find. Rest in peace, Steve, you are missed so much!

Slaven says:

I would listen to some pleasant music while i migrate to work at 6.15 am every morning to wake me up and make me functional :D

Elias Britos says:

I have tinnitus and need a good pair of hear phone to mass the sound

Dereksb says:

Thanks for the giveaway!
I would listen to some good rock tunes on the way to work to get me pumped and ready. Also use them to watch episodes of the Simpsons on my iPhone during my lunch break
I need a new pair of ear buds like this because the standard iPhone buds don't cancel outside noise - I take the subway to work and back every day and it's hard to hear my iPhone with the standard buds!

Pathtek4 says:

.977themusic I listen to that app alot. And if I'm not using that, I listen to the pirate feed of Howard Stern on Shoutcast.

Borobius says:

I would listen to my Ice and Fire audio books, as well as some Daryl Hall and Jon Oates

Rich Blackmon says:

All my PA school lectures and then if I'm lucky some tunes.

rewNATION says:

I'd listen to the new Wale album

Leon McIntyre Jr says:

I'd listen to 70's reggae, to keep it all natural.

Chris DeStefano says:

I would love to rock out to some Reggae!

Nick says:

I'd listen to Mac Miller. BLUE SLIDE PARK!!!!

gabe_tash says:

I'd listen to REAL hip-hop haha, not this pop-hop

Vanessa Maez says:

I would listen to my Ian Rankin audio books with these beauties!

sonny_mf says:

I'd listen to Glee album and the Voice highlights

Steve Slammins says:

I would listen to Soundgarden :)

Aik Ooi says:

Some NPR programs such as Radio Lab, This American Life, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, etc.

SiNNiSO says:

JUSTICE IS ALWAYS A GOOD CD TO TEST EARBUDS

Aristotle DonPier. says:

Haha who knew so many people liked hip-hop and electronic that visit TiPB. :) Makes me happy, but I would do well with some KiD CuDi and Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto album!!
AVA anyone?

Crazygod8 says:

I would use it to listen to kpops!

Ayoob Shareef says:

Wow would love to win this stethoscope, will listen to jazz.....

Jaire Byers says:

I would listen to James Morrison all day!

Quills#WP says:

i'd listen to the voices of dead people in white noise

Kristy Lo says:

I'd listen to my netflix, the only way I can hear it over all the kids shows that are in the background!

parvezjj says:

synths and acoustic instrumentals while studying! 8-)

Rabidbadger says:

I'd listen to the Beatles Norwegian Wood and Jethro Tulls Songs From The Wood, naturally. As in natural wood... ;)

ezday42 says:

these sound like just what I need

Ben Bipes says:

I would listen to a dub step mix on Pandora, or Avett Brothers.

Justin O'Hara says:

I would start listening to music again. Headphones busted and just haven't taken the time to get new ones yet...

sensei886 says:

I would love to listen to Diana Krall.

steven says:

I'd listen to Moves like a Jagger by Maroon 5..

Jon Hynds says:

Um... girls gone Gadgets of course

Braun00 says:

I would listen to Drake's new album!

Mike D says:

I'd meat my ears with hours of tipb podcasts.

David Boyd says:

I'd use them while at work so I can take calls and still listen to music without having to take my headphones off and then put them back on! :)

GeorgeM says:

Christian Rock!!!
and of course all mobile nation's podcasts
gmikhail9@yahoo.com

iNitvizn says:

I listen mostly to podcasts and sports radio - would live to try these out!

David_d_dick says:

I would jam out to the kewl Lady GaGa songs

Wesleynakamatsu says:

I'd listen to your podcast I'f I had one

Fxs111 says:

I would start with some good music like Dark Side of the Moon and then try an audio book to check for comfort

Shyam Sam says:

I ll listen to METALLICA !!

Jay B. says:

I would definitely listen to Drake's new album! As well as some Christmas favorites.

Joe says:

I could better listen to music and e-books while riding as a passenger in my wifey's van on long trips. thank you

David D Dick says:

I would finish listening to the audio book Steve Jobs Autobiography If I got some

musicismylife! says:

id listen to lil wayne,id really like to win this please ei dont have money to buy a present for my brother this christmas.this would help a lot thank you!

Elena V says:

I'd listen to some Peter White, Eric Darius, Kirk Whalum and Duke Ellington.

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