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Ortofon e-Q5 Reviews

Dekimasu

Top-quality moving armature IEMs

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Pros: very transparent, low sibilance, excellent build and sound quality

Cons: no cord cinch, large housing, no case included

This "moving armature" descendant of the Ortofon e-Q7 makes no sacrifices in terms of quality, despite being introduced at a more affordable price point. The introduction of a new cord and strain relief system help tame microphonics and make the model easy to wear both down and over the ear. The all-aluminum housing is large and may not fit all ears, but the design is simple and stylish. The e-Q5s come in a small tin with replacement filters, three sizes of standard tips, and one set of Comply foam tips. The stock tips isolate well enough to make train use enjoyable.   Bass is punchy and clear, more powerful than in most balanced armature IEMs, but less prominent than...
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ValSic

From Full Sized to IEM's

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*note:wrote this on my notepad 2 weeks prior to the given purchase date*   I finished burning it more than 100+ hours now with white/pink noise and then some music. I used the noise app on my iPhone to produce the white/pink (if you want to know the app , it's called simplynoise. it generates white/pink/brown noises as you please) when I was about to sleep then used music when I was on the go.   Well on to the IEM's,,,   First impression on the package is it's a little too small (see pictures below). It comes with a red tin can that has the Ortofon text on it and spare ear tips (1 small silicone , 1 med silicone , 1 large all silicone) which are pretty...
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thelostMIDrange

not bad, a little pricey for what you get

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Pros: unique sound

Cons: fit, price

much like their cartridges, I find ortofon to 'have a sound'. I enjoy it for the most part, but ultimately would rather listen to a less invasive, more natural sound that doesn't color my record collection. But for those who are not so particular in that way and who find balanced armatures too lean sounding, these could be a great solution as they are indeed balanced and musical and worth a try. These should be under $100 in my world. The fit is also problematic for me.
Techno Kid

My favorite IEM under $300

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Pros: sound, build & comfort

Cons: non

  Specs,   Driver - (Moving) Balanced Armature Impedance - 40 ohms Frequency Response - 10 Hz to 20 kHz Sensitivity - 118dB at 1 kHz Cable - 4N OFC Max Rated Imput Power - 5mW   Build Quality & Fit,   I have to say these have the best build quality I've had in an IEM.  The housing is beautifully crafted out of aluminium with a very nice silver finish.  You would have to really work hard the brake or damage them though I can see them getting scratched but not very easily.  The cable coming out of the housing has no strain relief but I don't see that being a problem at all and they have a red ring to indicate right and black...
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AnakChan

Ortofon e-Q5 Revisited

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Pros: Tube-like earphones, reasonably priced

Cons: Available only in Japan (ex-grey market)

  The Ortofon e-Q5 is an easy-to-drive low impedance single balanced armature driver designed by Ortofon themselves. It uses OFC cables and the shells are aluminium CNC-ed.   As with most Japanese products, presentation is important and the e-Q5 doesn't disappoint. It comes in a nice cylindrical can with a multitude of accessories - tip cleaner, flanges/tips of various sizes, and filter replacements too.     The e-Q5s retail approx Y13,800 (USD$175) online, and probably a tad more in a bricks 'n mortar shop. For that price though, its provides a very nice, tube-like signature. The earphones tend to lean more towards a mid/treble forward and the trebles...
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Austin Morrow

Ortofon e-Q5: The Super Sweet IEM

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Pros: Sweet midrange - extended highs - spacious soundstage

Cons: Bass is lacking - can be a little too mid-centric for some

(Pictures can be found in the thread)       The Ortofon e-Q5 was a very uber popular headphone for a short period time, that is until bigger and better IEM’s took the market by storm, like the Westone 4 and the Earsonics SM3. While I may be a little late to the party when it comes to auditioning these little marvels, this will definitely be sticking in my book for a very, very ling time, as they are one of the most unique and beautifully tuned IEM’s I have ever in my short lifetime.   The Design Unlike the Westone 4’s or the Earsonics SM3, which use an all plastic body, the Ortofon e-Q5’s have a very pristine aluminum housing that not only manages to...
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