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post #616 of 974
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Originally Posted by DannyBai View Post

I must say that these are amazing in every way.  I've been preferring these over the ex1000, which really surprises me.  

 

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Originally Posted by i2ehan View Post

 

You aren't alone my friend. wink.gif


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(Just kidding, I like them too but prefer the EX1000 by quite some margin)

 

Oh, and x3 on Dimitri  smile_phones.gif

post #617 of 974
Based on sound quality alone, I'd have to say the EX1000 still gains the upper hand for me personally, but not by a fair margin. All things considered however, and not just SQ alone, the e-Q5 gains the upper hand for me personally. It's as easily worn as it is removed, no memory wires to deal with, can be worn straight cable or cable down, provides good isolation, just as easily driven as the EX when on the go, form factor allows for easy storage into any case/pouch, etc. biggrin.gif
post #618 of 974

Hi Everyone,

I've actually been lurking here for a long time, but never bothered posting. But I will make an exception to review these stunning IEM's.

Just as a reference, I own Audio Technica AD700's, AKG K702, Brainwavz M3, and now the Ortofon e-Q5. I previously owned the Hifiman RE0's, but they just broke too often and the e-Q5's are my replacement pair. I listen to mainly classical music, or Korean pop :D, but I don't specifically mind anything. So you can see I am not really a bass geared person.

To start, I guess I will begin with the packaging. It was much smaller than the e-Q7's which i actually returned to the store to exchange for the E-q5's unopened. I don't care too much about carry cases or what not, because I tend to just leave my earphones dangling from under a shirt, but I suppose for those who need it, it would have been a cheap inclusion for Ortofon. It was easy to open and did its job. 8/10

Moving on the the earphone design, all I can say is 10/10. As someone who was positively sick of earphones dying, breaking, the solid build quality is reassuring (touch wood, please don't break). They look very sleek, and feel nicely weighted in your hand, although not actually heavy at all. The feeling of metal is always nicer than the feeling of plastic, IMO.

General: Insertion is normally very easy for me, as I have extremely "medium" ears, so normally stock tips are the ones I use. I didn't like the stock tips though. I don't know if anyone else felt this, but they kept kind of "collapsing" in the ear when trying to put them in, so I needed to be more careful. They didn't feel that great in the ear, so I replaced them with the clone Sony Hybrids that come with Brainwavz M3. The fit drastically improved, and the e-q5 felt great in my ear.

Rather than separating my experiences into Bass, Mids, Highs, I would rather combine them into one.

With the stock tips, my initial impression was that the bass was weak. It was a bit difficult to initially notice, and I felt everything else was there - brilliant high's and mid's, while the bass had taken a step back. However, I was so happy with the return of the airy feeling and atmosphere, something I had with the RE0's, but not with the replacement M3's. Clarity and soundstage are brilliant, but do not compare to full sized headphones IMO. In fact, when comparing my K702 with the e-q5 I must say i feel that full sized headphones in general just have a better atmosphere surrounding them. My own thoughts, you may feel differently.

Once I replaced the tips, the bass was quite different. Echoing the view of many, the bass is tight and controlled. I can hear it clearly, and it adds to the experience, but never overtakes the mids or highs. It is pretty much exactly what it should be like in songs: an accompaniment. When listening to a bass dominated track however, it does not shy away: pleased to report that  overall, it packs depth and a bodily feeling in bass. Again, full sized headphones imo do this much better though.

When it comes to the highs and mids i think the view of everyone here is pretty much the same, outstanding, so not much to say here :D

In conclusion: pretty much all i expected from an IEM. great for everything for on-the-go, and thats all i need.
 



 


Edited by punish - 10/26/11 at 9:23pm
post #619 of 974

oh nice little incomplete review!

post #620 of 974

one more happy customer here bigsmile_face.gif

 

these are very nice IEMs , i am constantly rotating between them and the RE-272 , and i think i am gonna keep em both cause they both sound great

if there are better IEMs for less than 250$ , please let me know so i can have them marked as my next purchase

 

ps : thanx goes to -yo- for giving me a pair of meelec tips - i think they sound real nice with them beerchug.gif

post #621 of 974

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Originally Posted by proedros View Post


if there are better IEMs for less than 250$ , please let me know so i can have them marked as my next purchase


I wouldn't necessarily say there's any 'better', just different, which of course means that preference comes into play, in which case one listener  may come to prefer one over the e-Q5. To my ears, among those potentially different, yet more or less equally competent offerings, is the FX700 (which can be acquired for ~$250 street, or just slightly more/less at times). The JVC's timbre/transparency is still ever so slightly ahead of the Ortofon's IMO, with an exceptionally powerful, yet controlled low end, and just as prominent highs. Personally, I prefer the FX700's overall timbre, soundstage, and low end, and the e-Q5's highs and mids. I've A/B-ed the two countless times, and still would hate to have to choose one over the other. Fortunately, I don't have to. biggrin.gif

 

At this point in time, while I don't personally prefer any other in-ears to the e-Q5, at or less than the $250 price point, there are of course quite a few others worth mentioning, such as the GR07, EX600, Trumpet, HiFiMan's own RE262, etc; all different flavors, which, based on ones preference, may very well be to another listener, what the e-Q5 is to you and I. As far as I'm concerned however, $250 and below, the e-Q5/FX700 are currently unmatched for my ears. smile.gif

post #622 of 974
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Originally Posted by proedros View Post

one more happy customer here bigsmile_face.gif

 

these are very nice IEMs , i am constantly rotating between them and the RE-272 , and i think i am gonna keep em both cause they both sound great

if there are better IEMs for less than 250$ , please let me know so i can have them marked as my next purchase

 

ps : thanx goes to -yo- for giving me a pair of meelec tips - i think they sound real nice with them beerchug.gif


They are my favorite eartips to use and needless to say, they also work very well with the e-Q7 as well.

 

post #623 of 974

Which Meelic Ear tips are you referring to. I think I see some Bi flange, and singles 

post #624 of 974
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Originally Posted by Freefallr4545 View Post

Which Meelic Ear tips are you referring to. I think I see some Bi flange, and singles 


It's the extra long single flange for the M11+ and it only comes in the variety pack so you have to order it through email. It's kinda shaped like Comply tips except silicone.

 

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post #625 of 974

Thanks Yo. I really Really Love these Phones. I like the Original tips, but I like the Sony hybrids considerably better. Always looking to try new tips

post #626 of 974

Yo, In the Mixed package are these the ones that only come in Small and Med? I seem to need large in everything

post #627 of 974
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Originally Posted by Freefallr4545 View Post

Yo, In the Mixed package are these the ones that only come in Small and Med? I seem to need large in everything


The med is actually is big as a large, here's a pic so you can see the difference between large UE100, MEElec, and large Comply T500.

 

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post #628 of 974
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Originally Posted by -y0- View Post


The med is actually is big as a large, here's a pic so you can see the difference between large UE100, MEElec, and large Comply T500.

 

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Actually this should work. thanks alot for your help!! First time I tried these I fell in Love after about 5 minutes. 

post #629 of 974

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Originally Posted by Freefallr4545 View Post

Actually this should work. thanks alot for your help!! First time I tried these I fell in Love after about 5 minutes.

 

You aren't kidding my friend! wink.gif Very few in-ears have had this effect on me, and the e-Q5 just so happens to be the prime example.

 

P.S. coupled with the comply t-400's, the e-Q5 begins to resemble the e-Q7's highs, though I personally find the stock large silicone tips offer the best overall transparency and the least coloration. smile.gif

post #630 of 974
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Originally Posted by Freefallr4545 View Post



Actually this should work. thanks alot for your help!! First time I tried these I fell in Love after about 5 minutes. 

 

No problem.


Edited by -y0- - 10/30/11 at 10:31am
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