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post #1006 of 1010
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Originally Posted by datranz View Post

I own the eq5, dunu 2000, and jvc fx850. I'm fav is the dunu 2k.

I should be expecting a jvc fx750 soon hopefully, how do you compare the dunu with your woody? Lol

I already read earfonia's review but found a hint of bias (I mean that in a sincere good way)

I actually got around to actually liking the dn2k enough to keep them. I'm still suspicious enough to think that they aren't enough to trump the woody technology and timbre!
post #1007 of 1010
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Originally Posted by DecentLevi View Post

My review of the Ortofon e-Q5 earphones:
 
In short: ASTOUNDING...
 
Ok so upon putting these great looking earphones into my ears and pressing play, I'm wondering, 'is this it'? 
 
Treble: SEVERELY SEVERELY rolled off. Had to boost all frequencies above 4k by 6-10 decibels to be able to hear the detail that's (supposed) to be there, but by that point it still sounded to un-natural in the highs
 
Bass: SEVERELY SEVERELY rolled off. I had to use my memory of how the low end of the songs are supposed to be in order to imagine the proper sound of the bass. Had to boost by at least 3 decibels under 250hz
 
Mids: Throaty, nasal, congested
 
Dynamics / impact: as muddy as a pig's den during a rainstorm. Super difficult to even imagine the 'slam' from the likes of drums.
 
Soundstage: I had to coin a new term to describe the soundstage on the e-Q5: 'negative inverse'. This is to say that, instead of the elements of a recording surrounding you in an immersive 3D way, they actually seemed to collapse inward on your ears like an 'implosion' instead of 'expansion' of sound
 
Vocal presentation: Seriously non-organic. The sound of the DJ's voice was very emphasized in the mid-bass and congested sounding.
 
I tried all 4 tips that it came with including 3 silicon sizes and the comply tips. The Silicon tips made everything sound very rolled off and non detailed, while the comply tips refined the sound on all frequencies. I tried the connection directly to my cell phone, then with a small Fiio portable amp, and with my $1,000 TOTL tube amp / DAC full size rig. I then compared the e-Q5 to my free non-brand earbuds that came with my Android phone. Instantly I heard an improvement in the bass response and dynamics, although the treble on these was emphasized in the upper highs and somewhat metallic in comparison - that is to say that I preferred my free white earbuds over these. Next I compared the e-Q5 to my Sennheiser HD 650 full-size 'cans on the full size rig, and... and... words cannot describe how much better the sound was in every way, shape and form. My brain was telling me 60x better sound but I kept on trying to quantify it with a more realistic number, but I just can't get myself not to say these in-ears sound any less than 60x worse than the HD 650's. Finally 1/2 hr. later I decided to give them one last try with the smallest silicon tips provided, which gave me a deeper insertion... crossing my fingers and hoping for an improvement, then... WOW this sounded even worse! So much that it had actually and truthfully triggered my gag reflex to vomit, so I yanked them out, and ahhh, luckily I feel OK again!
 
Overall this earphone seemed to have an upside-down U-shaped sound signature (the opposite of V-shaped). It does not deserve to be in the audiophile classification with it's non-detailed sound, severely lacking on both sides of the frequency spectrum, very nasal sound with virtually no impact to the dynamics, and not refined at all. I was astounded by how bad these sounded. It was by far the worst thing I've heard all year - and this is coming from somebody who has been to 3 full days of two separate CanJam / head-fi meets and has tried around 100 mid and TOTL headphones... albeit mostly full size cans. Also note that I am not a basshead, as I didn't like the sound signature of ATH-M50, Momemtum over-ears or Beats on-ears. I guess I'm just not a balanced armature guy, and that this whole BA business really needs to do some massive overhaul in order to make a more refined sound - without that the BA technology will probably become obsolete.


Honestly I don't understand this at all. I swear I'm not a fan boy, and I don't even own them anymore. Per above, burn will improve but not anything close to making what you write about that much better. This is in no way meant to be insulting. I actually love your candor, but I must disagree with every single thing you wrote about the e q5. Rolled of unrealistic treble? This is their strong point. Very very airy. Throaty mids? As written by someone above, these breath tube sounding. Only thing I can think of, maybe a fit issues. These are for large canals only.
post #1008 of 1010
my personal preference-
Dunu 2000>eq5>fx850. If the eq5 had more bass. It will be perfect for me.
post #1009 of 1010
Ya
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Originally Posted by Freefallr4545 View Post

Honestly I don't understand this at all. I swear I'm not a fan boy, and I don't even own them anymore. Per above, burn will improve but not anything close to making what you write about that much better. This is in no way meant to be insulting. I actually love your candor, but I must disagree with every single thing you wrote about the e q5. Rolled of unrealistic treble? This is their strong point. Very very airy. Throaty mids? As written by someone above, these breath tube sounding. Only thing I can think of, maybe a fit issues. These are for large canals only.
ya I'm with you on this.rolled off treble? Sure maybe the bass a bit..but for their price point I think they have one of the best mids I've heard for sure.
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On the whole are they durable? Are the cables a known issue other than the 2-3 cases highlighted here? I just got a good offer for these, going to pull the trigger soon.
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