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post #31 of 62
As long as this thread is back up top, I thought I might mention that I've also tried these at the Audiocubes store on my own dap and amp up against the ES7, SJ5, ESW9, Panasonic HTX7, and various other closed portables they had on hand. I liked them, but they are clearly a couple of levels below the ES7 in overall SQ, and no better built. I also think they don't look quite as good in person as they do in pictures. Still, for sheer sound quality I'd take them over the SJ5 or any other sub-$60 closed option. Just don't expect a better-looking bargain ES7, and you won't be disappointed: they fill a notch between cheap portables and expensive ones, and at $69 they are a good choice, but I wouldn't pay much more than that.
post #32 of 62
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Originally Posted by facelvega View Post
As long as this thread is back up top, I thought I might mention that I've also tried these at the Audiocubes store on my own dap and amp up against the ES7, SJ5, ESW9, Panasonic HTX7, and various other closed portables they had on hand. I liked them, but they are clearly a couple of levels below the ES7 in overall SQ, and no better built. I also think they don't look quite as good in person as they do in pictures. Still, for sheer sound quality I'd take them over the SJ5 or any other sub-$60 closed option. Just don't expect a better-looking bargain ES7, and you won't be disappointed: they fill a notch between cheap portables and expensive ones, and at $69 they are a good choice, but I wouldn't pay much more than that.
How expensive are the ES7 and are they designed for the same types of music? By that, I mean are they closed can with warmth, big soundstage, full, and plenty of bass prescence? I'm looking for something like that now as my fourth headphone. =) I wonder if the SQ5's will blow me away compared to what I've heard with my limited experience?

I'm sorta new and own only a couple different $30 Sennn's (eh-150 and HD-202 ), the "legendary" Grado SR-60 (which I'm about to list on Ebay, I don't like their sound.) and Bose Triport (Best I've heard, but others insist they are over-priced junk and I should keep looking)
post #33 of 62
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Originally Posted by facelvega View Post
at $69 they are a good choice, but I wouldn't pay much more than that.
I can't be more agree with you.
post #34 of 62
I was kind of disappointed at the SQ5s, tbh. As someone else has said, they don't look as good as they do in pictures and the plastic feels cheap. The fit rather clumsily on my ears, perhaps due to the odd shape, but were comfortable. Underwhelmed by the built quality, I was pleasantly surprised at the sound quality. I didn't listen to them long enough to do any sort of review, but I was pleased. They're not worth MRSP though.
post #35 of 62
Since this thread was already bumped I may as well thrown in my two cents. I've auditioned these in my local Big (Bic??) Camera on three separate occasions so far and each time they fail to impress me to the point that I would actually rather wear iBuds over them (although they do look nice). My main issues have to do with how they fit my head - they don't at all. Obviously this is severely coloring my view of them, but it is definitely a pertinent issue when we're talking about headphones. Because of the elongated shape it is difficult to create a seal, and it's impossible to get a good sound out of them. If anyone wants me to expound upon this a bit, I can go back to the store and take notes!!

To anyone considering this as an option, I urge you to look at other Audio-Technica 'phones. I found the ES7 vastly superior to the SQ5, although I realize that it's a bit more expensive. If that's an issue, I would suggest the undervalued ES55 (which I almost bought before deciding on the ESW9s) at just $10 more on audiocubes. Even the (currently) 79 USD FC700 is a better choice, I think.

I tried so hard to like these because they have a different look, but after failing to get a good fit after fiddling with them for five minutes I had to give up.
post #36 of 62
have to agree with the ES7 being vastly superior as well as the SQ5 getting uglier and uglier the more you look at it (a friend of mine owns it)
post #37 of 62
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Originally Posted by actorlife View Post
I really dig mine. They are good for any type of music. Check this video out:
Utada Hikaru - Heart Station(Let me know if you see anything familiar.)
YouTube - Heart Station (English Cover)
This is a nice sound! I got my today and I think it is good for the price! It looks better on the pictures but it is still a good looking headphones
post #38 of 62
sorry to revive and old thread. but here is my experience with the SQ5. as quoted on my thread:

http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f4/hea...8/#post6100394


i went to the shop to demo some units. tried the grado's, denon, at audio-technica. here are my newbie feedback. still not familiar with the correct / proper terms. bear with me when i use plain and simple language all the headphones that i tried were portables. no monitors. after seeing them in person, i find them too big.

the shop owner was nice enough to let me demo as long as i want. i tried the denon's first. the sq was nice, no leak, nice isolation. but, it was too big for walking at not that compact to put in a bag. the "clamping" of the headband is a bit loose for my taste. off my list it went.

the AKG's were next. i tried the fit first. didn't like it. i find it a bit loose. didn't bother to test how it sounds. but they looked nice also. if only they have a perfect fit on my head.

next was the grado's. the sq was also nice. the fit is good. but being an open headphone, i didn't like the way the background noise interfering with the music. i prefer a little isolation. my wife also heard the music that i listen to at normal volume level. so, it is scratched of my list.

then it was the audio-technica's turn. i tried the sq7. didn't like the fit on my head. so, tried it for less than a minute only.

tried the sq5. nice fit. it stayed on my head even though i tried to "headbang" a bit, still didn't fall off. fits my ear nicely. it is like it was custom made for my ears and head shape. doesn't look big. the "headband" doesn't make me look like i have a halo around my head. light enough to wear the whole day. no unnecessary pressure on my head. compact enough to put in my bag. cable was detachable about 5 inches from the "Y". which i find usefull, in case i want to get a shorter or longer cables in the future. but it looked to "ordinary" and not high end stuff. the "L" connector/plug (or whatever the correct term is) looks like an ordinary plug. not like in the denon 501 which looks heavy duty and classy. well, for it's price i really can't ask for those higher end cables and connectors.

now it is time to hear how it performs. tried it on my ipod touch (no amps). played most of the songs that i listen to. the sq was great. the bass was there but not overwhelming. was even amazed when i played EI (by Nelly - i know, this is an old song and it shows my age ). the bass was low enough to sound like a car subwoofer. i can clearly differentiate where the sound is coming from (left, right or center). don't know about the sound leak, but my wife standing next time me, said that she doesn't hear anything while i was playing at my normal listening volume. and this was inside the store without outside noise and nobody else talking. isolation is just like what i wanted. i am using them now at our room and at the same time talking to my wife an arms length away. she talks in a normal voice, not shouting or anything. she was surprised that i can hear clearly.

back to our place. tried the bnew unit with my ipod touch. my initial reaction was "what happened?" it sounded nothing like the demo unit! i checked the packaging to make sure that i got the real deal and not some knock offs. luckily, i have read a lot about "burning in" bnew units from this forum. it calmed me down. can't wait for this to burn-in and get the full potential. again, i tried the sound leak, i placed my head a few inches away from my wife's, she still cannot hear any music.

straight from my macbook with itunes playing. the sound is very clear. still, the bass was not there yet. the treble was nice. not too much to make my ears hurt. the vocals are clear and crisp.

comparing to the bose on-ear non noise canceling. the sq5 sounded more lively. the bose is sounds like it is muffled a bit and have more bass. but mind you, the sq5 is bnew and the bose has a few hundred hours into it. it seems like the sq5 is easier to power. for the same volume level, the sq5 sounds a little louder. to think that i was very happy and impressed with the bose since the day i bought it.

been wearing the sq5 for 2.5 hrs now. still no pain, inconvenience or whatsoever.

i am happy with this. even though it is an almost 2 year old design. this, i only found out now, after buying the unit. but, nevertheless, i am very happy with the fit, size, portability and sound. will try to compare it with the denon 501 when my son gets home from school.
post #39 of 62
Welcome to Head-fi Koji! I got mine when they first came out, but have them in storage. I loved what I heard, but stuck with my earphones for a lighter load. I forget if it Isolates well. I will try it on the train and see. That's the problems I have with my earphones they don't isolate well on the train(atrio M5 and JVC FX500, which are awesome by the way). I was even looking at the the new JVC M740: Amazon.com: Jvc Monitor Stereo Headphones Dj Style: Electronics Which got a glowing review from one of the members here and almost Identical looks wise to the SQ5. Funny thing is I was thinking about the SQ5 yesterday. Oh yeah, what were the model numbers that you looked at? The Philips HP460 are good headphones too.
post #40 of 62
Did you already test them on a train?
They seem to be quite good

I do not find any information about the JVC though..
post #41 of 62
I will try them tomorrow and report back.
post #42 of 62
Glad to hear you like it, I still have mine. It's a potent little entry level 'phone. Got some weaknesses, but all in all it's good sounding and versatile.
I haven't used them them for a while though, the got quite simply out-competed by the HD25-1.
post #43 of 62
Thanks for the write up koji, they sound really good and I'm thinking of getting these after reading that two of the cans I really want to buy online are more than likely fakes.. (ES7 and V700)

actorlife I hope you get back with your train report soon!
post #44 of 62
Ok so yesterday I tried the SQ5 on the bus and on the train. On the bus there was good Isolation, but if the music was low such as a love song you could hear slight noise, but overall good Isolation. On the train it was mixed. I could hear the train conductor slightly on most songs. I played everything from Rock, Soul, Old school Hip Hop, Salsa and Jazz. Everything came in clearly, with slight noise. But overall I'd take these on the train again, cause the Isolation was good enuff. Most earphones don't Isolate completely, so like I said i'd use these anytime on the train since the isolation was quite good. Everything came out clearly and of course you need to bump on the volume a little on some songs. You can still hear the beautiful sound stage even on the train. Darn I forgot how great these phones were. If you are in NYC you can check them out at Audio Cubes on 8th st. between 5 and 6th ave. Get them you won't regret it.
post #45 of 62
Thank you for test –
I'll probably get them in black soon
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