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post #631 of 982

just some additional stuff:

i tried comply tips on a number of earphones, and I don't  like the sound. They definitely darken the sound, and it sounds suppressed slightly. 

after a while, i've noticed that ive started listening to music at lower and lower volumes as well, because the e-q5 manages to hold its own at lower volumes (about only 25% on iphone volume bar, compared to when i used to listen up to around 50%)

 

its funny that my friends who listen to music frequently found immediate difference between the e-q5 and some 80-90 dollar earphones, but those who don't and use just crappy ibuds said they didn't really notice... fail...

post #632 of 982

the re-272 actually beats eq5 imo

 

eq5 is good , but if i had to pick one....no question about it , i'd pick 272 in a heartbeat

 

it sounds less fun , but still the sound is dunno cleaner ? the guys at hifiman are doing one hell of a job

 

you should try 272 - listen for yourself
 

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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 #633 of 982
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Originally Posted by proedros View Post

the re-272 actually beats eq5 imo

 

eq5 is good , but if i had to pick one....no question about it , i'd pick 272 in a heartbeat

 

it sounds less fun , but still the sound is dunno cleaner ? the guys at hifiman are doing one hell of a job

 

you should try 272 - listen for yourself
 



 


Ok, So NOW I have to try the 272's? HA! these EQ-5's are so clear. I can hear things that I've never ever heard before. How is the Bass on the 272's?

 

post #634 of 982

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Originally Posted by Freefallr4545 View Post

Ok, So NOW I have to try the 272's? HA! these EQ-5's are so clear. I can hear things that I've never ever heard before. How is the Bass on the 272's?

 

That's really the one area I personally found the 272's lacking (in terms of body/impact), whereas the e-Q5 offers the best of both quality/quantity. For instance, switching between the e-Q5 and RE272, the Orto's lows pack a tight punch, whereas with the RE272, that punch is, at best, a slap. Give the following track a listen (my exclusive sub-bass test track; make sure it's in 1080p), and you'll know just what I mean. What the 272 lacks in quantity, however, it easily makes up for in quality, and in spades at that. In fact, |joker| nailed it IMO:

 

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As with the RE0, the low end of the RE272 doesn’t offer great depth but also lacks mid-bass bloat, sounding quick and natural. Control and accuracy are excellent but there’s not a whole lot of impact to be found – noticeably less than with the Sony MDR-EX1000, for example. The bass, while fast, is a bit soft in character. The lack of aggression and edginess is particularly noticeable next to a BA-based IEM such as the ATH-CK10 or j-phonic K2 SP. The crisp, hard-edged punch of the CK10 and K2 SP makes the bass of the RE272 sound slightly recessed, even veiled in comparison. An EQ bump at the low end will help with the bass depth but it won’t make the bass significantly more aggressive. Those who like their bass snappy and delicate will like the RE272 but even the K2 SP offers more impact, punch, and rumble. Personally, I am happy with the bass quantity and It doesn’t hurt that texture and detail are top-notch; even the RE-ZERO is made to sound a touch artificial at the low end in comparison.

 

I must admit, however, the RE272's detail retrieval is simply wonderful!


Edited by i2ehan - 10/30/11 at 11:14am
post #635 of 982

i don't like hifiman stuff anymore... the build quality is just not good enough.

post #636 of 982

can somebody show me through pics , how i can change the filter at the eq-5 ?

 

thanx

 

i can't understand how to remove the filter ring

post #637 of 982

At least the RE272 has a 3 year warranty!
 

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i don't like hifiman stuff anymore... the build quality is just not good enough.



 

post #638 of 982

One thing about these Beauties, I would suggest to not sell these, until you get to burn them in for sure. If it were not for a dear friend, letting me use these, I may not have been so impressed with them. After about 50 hours of use, I'm starting to get some of that "air" and separation, that I had with the burned in ones. actually more than a subtle change is happening

post #639 of 982

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Originally Posted by Freefallr4545 View Post

One thing about these Beauties, I would suggest to not sell these, until you get to burn them in for sure. If it were not for a dear friend, letting me use these, I may not have been so impressed with them. After about 50 hours of use, I'm starting to get some of that "air" and separation, that I had with the burned in ones. actually more than a subtle change is happening


Couldn't agree more. smile.gif

post #640 of 982

Received these last week after deciding to go for these rather than the 7's, mainly due to this thread!

 

At first I struggled with the fit - I've always known I have large earholes, and with the large tips they fitted really well and comfortably, but hung out too much.  The medium didn't do anything either way for me, and at first the small were slightly uncomfortable, but I persevered with them due to the fact they eq5 hung out of my ear perfectly, just as in James444 pics posted earlier.

 

After a couple of days, I was used to the fit, and they became more comfortable.  I found that if I twisted the iem by maybe 15 or 20 degrees on insertion, I kept and maintained a good seal with them.

 

A couple of down sides for me are the microphonics are not good, even compared to the HF5s.  Secondly, the cables from the splitter to the IEMs is very thin, the thinnest I've owned.  Finally, and most baffling for me is the lack of a chin slider - if only for storing them when not in use - I still can't think of a reason for not having one on them confused.gif

 

Finally, as for the sound, I A/B'ed them with my W4 and UMX (along with X10s I use for the gym), and am very happy with how they compared.  I'm not very good at the anaylical description of what I'm hearing, but what I hear is they sound fuller and more natural and honest than the W4 (my reference upto this point).  The W4s are great, don't get me wrong, but there is a case for me to have both.  They have downgraded the UMX to my work IEMs now - meaning I get a better standard of listening at the office, but also have two great but slightly different IEMs at home!

 

Well done Ortofon - these are keepers for me!

 

 

post #641 of 982

^ Hi DaeO, congrats and thanks for your impressions! Couple of things I've found out about the e-Q5: to make up for the missing chin slider just twist the upper cables a bit before putting them on.

 

As for the earpieces hanging out too much, you can get some Sony hybrid tips and trim their stems to about 50%, so the combined length of housing + tips will be shorter and they will stick out less.

 

Last not least, take care of the thin upper cables if you intend to wear them over-ear. They are prone to hardening over time, so I highly recommend the use of earguides, e.g. the Phonak silicone ones.

 

Have fun with your Ortofons! smile_phones.gif

post #642 of 982

i was thinking of selling my pair of eq5 and just keeping the re-272 , but something tells me not to

 

maybe it's their looks (yeah i know sounds silly but i love how they look)

maybe it's how their more full/midcentric nature seems to complement very well the more analytical 272

 

i would love to try some other IEMs (GR-10 actually) but since money is tight i think these babies get a life extension with me

 

damn , we are hooked on IEMs

 

 

post #643 of 982

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Originally Posted by proedros View Post

i would love to try some other IEMs (GR-10 actually) but since money is tight i think these babies get a life extension with me

 

damn , we are hooked on IEMs

 

Unless it's everything outside of sound that draws you towards the GR10, you aren't missing much with regards to sound, as their (GR10 and e-Q5) sound signatures resemble one another rather closely. Even the FAD's (A1 & SB) share an uncanny resemblance with the Ortofon's, much less one another. I'd definitely stick with the e-Q5 in your shoes, my friend.

post #644 of 982

Hey guys, I was wondering if you could help me out with some potential issues with my e-Q5's. I picked them up back in October and was for the most part blown away by them, but I found there was quite a bit of sibilence/harshness in the highs (much moreso than any of the impressions I've read seemed to indicate; I listen to a healthy mix of rock, hip-hop and electronica and it seems a solid 25-33% of my collection is affected, with another 25% or so sounding like it's right on the verge of harshness).

 

I figured some burn-in and Sony hybrids would help, but after three months of solid use and trying every tip/insertion combination I could think of (I'm running them straight from a 1st gen Zune at low volume, so I don't think it's a source issue), and while they helped to a degree I'm still getting quite a bit of harshness. Is this something I should be shipping off to Ortofon/Musica Acoustics to be repaired/replaced, or is it just a case of me being sensitive to the harshness people like Inks and goodvibes were talking about earlier (for what it's worth I also have some Koss Portapros, Grado SR-60s and Sleek Audio SA6s with treble+ filters and have never had any issues with harshness those through the same set-up with any of those)?

post #645 of 982

I'm experiencing some of this 'harshness' with the EQ7 .I'v used them for about 10 times and my gripe is this harshness and the relative lack of bass definition and bass drum kick. I'm letting them burn in now to see if things improve. It's strange cos I felt very good about them after trying a sample pair in a store. In fact, my new HF5 feels bassier.  But maybe that's due to the EQ7's current 'harshness' /'brightness' that overpowers other sound elements. Bought from Musica Acoustic as well. We shall see...    

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