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I've done a little bit of research and it seems that the Littmann III/IV are considered the best affordable stethoscopes out there, but is the price really worth it?
For other med students or residents who have used those and a cheaper alternative (Littmann Classic III, for example), have you noticed a significant difference? Is it worth paying ~2x as much?
 

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I've done a little bit of research and it seems that the Littmann III/IV are considered the best affordable stethoscopes out there, but is the price really worth it?
For other med students or residents who have used those and a cheaper alternative (Littmann Classic III, for example), have you noticed a significant difference? Is it worth paying ~2x as much?
I had the Littmann classic II for med school and I thought it was perfectly fine. Now I have the cardio IV and i think there is a difference. But as a med student I couldn't have told you there was a difference. It takes some training or practice and getting used to before you can tell there is a difference. In other words, the cardio IV is superior, but if money is an issue the classic III is fine as a med student, in my opinion. Others might have different thoughts.
 
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I used a 15 dollar piece of **** for first and second year, it's all you need. Upgraded for 3rd.
 
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I had an MDF stethoscope all through med school and intern year. Served me well, heard all the murmurs and all the sounds I needed to hear.
 

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If you have the money, go for the Litmann's classic III. If taken care of, they can last a very long time.

Otherwise, get MDF Acoustica (for 25 bucks, it's pretty good).
 
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I've been using one of the disposable stethoscopes on and off since 3rd year. It works just as well as my Classic III and is lighter and longer to boot.
 
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I was checking a few stethoscope brands like 3M, MDF etc. Those prices are more than $50. I am not looking expensive stethoscope right now. Looking $15-$20 stethoscope. Anyone used Omron stethoscope? Its price only $16.57. Or I need a similar price stethoscope. Any idea?
 
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