I now have a new favorite IEM, the e-Q5 has everything I want in an IEM. Great detail, very good bass, lush mids (but not to forward thats what I didn't like about the e-Q7), crisp yet not harsh highs and a great soundstage. I've had these for about 6 hours and I've listen to them for about 5 of thoughs 6, I just love this IEM. Ortofon fixed everything that I didn't like in the e-Q7 which is still a very good IEM. The mids are pushed back more but by no means recessed and the highs are brighter with more sparkle, also the soundstage does seem to be a bit bigger with more air in it. I still say the R-50 has more micro detail but the e-Q5 is more fun to listen to and really isn't that far behind the R-50 in over all detail. I think they're priced very well now at $200 (at Musica Acoustics) and don't now why more people aren't getting these.
Yes I agree the e-Q5 are not so much discussed lately but for this price I think it is hard to find another earphone wish such balanced and precision.
BTW, American dealer has them on Sale for 200 as well. While Musica will ship it from Japan, it is faster getting them locally