Originally Posted by Spyro
Then why does MC5 sound so harsh? Because you can't hear a chart I suppose. SE535 mops the floor with ER4 let alone MC5. This thread is a classic. I'm guessing you have the MC5 about equal to JH13?
It doesn't sound harsh to me, though compared to a warm or bass heavy sound, I can see how something that is fairly neutral would sound bright and harsh. I don't think FR charts are the last word in sound, but I do find that they often have valuable information. I'd actually say the Mc5 is about equal to a Westone UM1 that I owned for a few weeks, and that I like the sound of either one of those over the SE535 from what I can remember. The SE535 and the Ultrasone Edition 8 were the two worst things I heard at CanJam 2010. Most of the noise seemed to be blocked with the foam eartips I was using with the Shure SE535, but I suppose there could be some other factor affecting the test. I actually tried re-positioning them several times, listening to different tracks, etc., but just like the Edition 8, I was a bit shocked at the sound I was getting out of a company flagship.