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post #1 of 23
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Hi everyone! biggrin.gif

 

Phew its been a long time of the board, have been having way to much trouble with the PC and so on -.-

Anyway, I've always hated my PFE's, when I first got them, the sound became low on the right side, after a week or so using them.

I got a RMA, but the new pair only lasted about 2 weeks, and it started again, I tried fiddling with the filters, and I figured that if I took the filter out and gently pushed it in, so it was barely held in place, the sound would come back, this solution held be back from buying a new pair or getting a new replacement, also if I wanted a new replacement, it should be shipped to Germany again, as I live in Denmark, and we don't have any retailers selling them.

 

So now after a while, I want to buy a new pair, and I want something durable, because the PFE's where just to "plastic" feeling for me... So I've read about the Etymotic MC5's which sounds as some really good IEM's for the price, but are there any other I should consider?

I mainly listen to rock and pop, and I don't like dark sounding earphones, I just tried my friends CX300's and they where sounding pretty decent however the bass where a bit muddy and everything felt closed in my a dark filter, the music just didn't shine IMO. The PFE's where a good middleground between the ER4S and darker IEM's, and that's why I loved them for the sound. The ER4S are just to analystic, but are the MC5's the same?

 

 

Regards

Jacob

post #2 of 23

MC5 is good for its price as a total package - but I won't expect it to sound better than PFE.

post #3 of 23
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Originally Posted by ClieOS View Post

MC5 is good for its price as a total package - but I won't expect it to sound better than PFE.



Damn, well why does the MC5 beat the PFE regarding bang for the buck?

post #4 of 23

It's relative. I like the HF5 more than the PFE but it lacks some bottom. Some prefer the MC5 to HF5. I don't but there you go.

post #5 of 23

I just picked up the MC5's about a month ago. So far so good I'd have to say. I'm certainly no expert in experience with a bunch of different headphones but I did my due diligence when I was deciding which of the many choices to buy. I like the MC5's for the same reason you talk about. They are light on bass but if you like music to sound clear and "shine," I think these do a good job with that.

 

In terms of durability, the headphones themselves have a good feel to them. Granted, they are IEM's so I wouldn't advise dropping them on a regular basis or really at all but that's kind of a no-brainer. The cable, as Etymotic says is, "kevlar infused." I don't know how you would attempt to verify that but the cable does feel tough. It's got a good feel to it too and does not give you the sense of being flimsy.

 

Overall, I would recommend them. From the way you describe how you like music to sound, they would be a good fit. That and the price isn't too bad either. Good luck...I know trying to find the best set for you from the seeming thousands of choices is pretty daunting.


Edited by theoandtheb - 10/16/10 at 3:23pm
post #6 of 23
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Originally Posted by LTC View Post

Damn, well why does the MC5 beat the PFE regarding bang for the buck?

Oh I didn't say MC beats the PFE regarding bang for the buck. MC5 has a bit of everything (good accessories, build quality, warranty) to make it a good buy for a sub$100 option. But as far as sub$100 category goes, there are other IEM that sounds better, but just not as good on those other things. PFE is IMO on another level, competing with the big boys on the $150~$300 category. At most, I will say they are both good buy in their own price point, but certainly not in the same SQ level.

post #7 of 23
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Oh well, It seems like I'm going to buy the MC5's! biggrin.gif But I'm confused whether I'm forced to ship the earphones to the states if something breaks? I live in Denmark, and therefor it would be some of a hassle and pricey to do so...

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Originally Posted by LTC View Post

I mainly listen to rock and pop, and I don't like dark sounding earphones,

 

 

Regards

Jacob



I'm not so certain the MC5's are for you.

 

Increasingly, I've been using them for my noisy commute on public transportation because of the isolation, not the sound (I greatly prefer the sound of my RE-Zero's).  The MC5 is very prone to sibilance, in fact I think the MC5 seems to exaggerate sibilance and clipping especially on pop, rock and R&B releases, to include many remastered compilations released around 2000 and later .  I think my sensitivity to sibilance and clipping is about average, but with the MC5, I've heard very annoying sibilance on tracks that I never realized had sibilance using other headphones, to the extent that I consider some of these albums unlistenable using the MC5.


Edited by murano - 10/17/10 at 10:41am
post #9 of 23

In the UK, MC5s and HF5s are roughly the same price (c £60 - £70), so I'd recommend HF5s if living here or if you can get them shipped to Denmark from here.

post #10 of 23
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I'm not so certain the MC5's are for you.

 

Increasingly, I've been using them for my noisy commute on public transportation because of the isolation, not the sound (I greatly prefer the sound of my RE-Zero's).  The MC5 is very prone to sibilance, in fact I think the MC5 seems to exaggerate sibilance and clipping especially on pop, rock and R&B releases, to include many remastered compilations released around 2000 and later .  I think my sensitivity to sibilance and clipping is about average, but with the MC5, I've heard very annoying sibilance on tracks that I never realized had sibilance using other headphones, to the extent that I consider some of these albums unlistenable using the MC5.

 

Yeah, I'm afraid of it being to "bright" because I will be running these from my iAudio 7 and it is sounding pretty "metallic" But I would really like the reliability of the earphones frown.gif


 

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In the UK, MC5s and HF5s are roughly the same price (c £60 - £70), so I'd recommend HF5s if living here or if you can get them shipped to Denmark from here.

 

Where do you buy them from? On Ebay.co.uk the HF5's are like 100£ frown.gif
 

post #11 of 23

The MC5s are transparent and neutral. If the recording is bad, you'll hear that. For some this is a bug, for others a feature.

post #12 of 23

My HF2:s (new) cost me 74 £ shipped to sweden from UK based Ebay seller.

So much better than my Klipsh S4i.

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post #14 of 23
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Hmm, well I would hope to keep under the 500DKK mark which equals 60£ with shipping, what is the difference between the HF5's and MC5's?

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Yeah, I'm afraid of it being to "bright" because I will be running these from my iAudio 7 and it is sounding pretty "metallic" But I would really like the reliability of the earphones frown.gif
 


That's the odd thing, I wouldn't consider them too bright at all.  It's the very noticeable sibilance on poorly mastered tracks.  I guess you'll just have to hear for yourself to see if it bothers you.
 

As for durability, I don't think we have enough feedback yet to declare them durable.  While they "feel" durable and well made, they've only been available for a few months.

 

 

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The MC5s are transparent and neutral. If the recording is bad, you'll hear that. For some this is a bug, for others a feature.



I don't see why someone would consider exaggerated sibilance on a bad recording a "feature".  The OP mentioned a preference for rock and pop.  Unfortunately almost all pop releases these days are over compressed, so in this case I think too much sibilance is a very real concern.

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