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post #76 of 978
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Oh yeah I'm curious about that too, does the e-Q5 have the same size or smaller housings than e-Q7?  I think my canals are too small to insert the e-Q7 housing which I saw someone do in a pic.

 

db597 you can use a fat pen or something. 10mm in diameter or so.

 

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I'll try jamming a large pen into a ear... ;)


The housing's diameter is 9mm like on the e-Q7.

 

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For those interested, yello131 loves MA, even if they cost a bit more, he thinks it's worth it thanks to warranty support and premium service.


I got my e-Q5 from Musica Acoustics for $249 including shipping. Dimitri told me that this is an introductory price offer for the first 20 buyers.

 

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Now everybody will know about me love affair with Demitry  evil_smiley.gif


I wouldn't go so far as to envy you, but I'll admit that he's a very likable and dedicated guy. Plus it feels better to buy from someone who's an audiophile pro and a kindred spirit. smily_headphones1.gif


Edited by james444 - 11/17/10 at 12:44pm
post #77 of 978
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Originally Posted by db597 View Post

Is the fit of the e-Q5 and e-Q7 such a major issue for people with small ears? I'm buying online and have no chance to determine if they will fit my ears. Do a large proportion of people have fitting problems with Ortofons?


There were several reports of fit issues with the e-Q7, AFAIR all of them from fellow members with small ears. Yet some folks with small ears had no issues at all. I believe they're a safe bet for people with larger ears, but a bit more risky for the others.

post #78 of 978

Some had some problems. I was borderline with them. They fit fine but they did cause some soreness after a while where I needed a bit of a short break but that happened only once in a while. I think I have average sized ears but small ears is probably a hit or miss. Those with large ears probably won't have an issue.

 

post #79 of 978
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I got my e-Q5 from Musica Acoustics for $249 including shipping. Dimitri told me that this is an introductory price offer for the first 20 buyers.

 

Then I'd recommend the 21st buyer and onwards consider the $220 price at joshinweb.jp.

 

I liked MA until I received a pair of loose earphones without any packaging. 

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^ Wow, you seem to be pretty mad at him (which I can understand, given the circumstances). Never heard of joshinweb.jp before - would you recommend them for international buyers, and does this price include shipping?

post #81 of 978

He probably drank too much sake and sent me a demo unit by mistake.

 

I don't have any experience with joshin sorry, I just took note of the price, it doesn't include shipping.  Here is perhaps a better site to use, in english http://en.item.rakuten.com/audio-s/eq5silver/

post #82 of 978

Joshin is a large, reliable appliance/electronics vendor (equivalent to Best Buy or the like), but I have never bought from them online or internationally.

 

FYI, while not likely an issue here, as of this week Japan has suspended sending most international mail over one pound to the United States due to concerns about terrorism. Unless a company is used to sending things internationally, I wouldn't advise trying out someplace new at this juncture.

post #83 of 978
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^ Wow, you seem to be pretty mad at him (which I can understand, given the circumstances). Never heard of joshinweb.jp before - would you recommend them for international buyers, and does this price include shipping?



Warranty might be an issue but I bought my e-Q7 from them. It was around $30 on top for shipping and forwarding service.

post #84 of 978
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He probably drank too much sake and sent me a demo unit by mistake.


Ah, now I understand your and yello's earlier comments:

 

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Kiteki, never replied to my email, have you settled your issue with MA?

 

Not yet, I'll email them soon, thanks for the reminder.


But then again, you're complaining about them on Head-Fi, but haven't yet mailed them about the issue? That's the first thing I would have done. confused.gif
 

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Warranty might be an issue but I bought my e-Q7 from them. It was around $30 on top for shipping and forwarding service.


Thanks. Seems the price I paid wasn't so bad then.

post #85 of 978
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Joshin is a large, reliable appliance/electronics vendor (equivalent to Best Buy or the like), but I have never bought from them online or internationally.

 

FYI, while not likely an issue here, as of this week Japan has suspended sending most international mail over one pound to the United States due to concerns about terrorism. Unless a company is used to sending things internationally, I wouldn't advise trying out someplace new at this juncture.

 

Yes I heard that  from Dymitri from MA. Just another reason to make us all frightened or else...

post #86 of 978

Back to the earphones themselves, does it seem like dust and debris could get inside the housing where the cable comes out? Since I assume there's no way to clean in there, I could see it becoming an issue.

post #87 of 978

^ You're right it's possible, but I'm pretty sure the driver is sealed against the back of the housing, so I'm pretty confident this won't actually become an issue.

 

Short summary of my first week with the e-Q5:

I've been using them mostly for commuting and while lying down in bed and overall they've passed the test with flying colours. Wearing the e-Q5 downwards in bed is a breeze, just stick them in and you can comfortably lie on the side with them. Wearing them over-ear while out and about takes a bit of practice, but after a few days becomes equally effortless: stick them in downwards first, then slip the cables over your ears in one swift move - and you're done.

 

Speaking of the cable, it's without a doubt the best I've seen on MAs so far (shame on you Final Audio), very flexible and it stays that way even in colder weather. Tangling is no big issue, neither is microphonics if you wear it over-ear. Isolation is entirely satisfactory for my needs, slightly better than with the e-Q7 and noticably better than with any of the FADs. I had no problem at all while listening to music during my daily subway rides and ambient noise was kept at a perfectly tolerable level.

 

Favourable impressions continue as far as audio quality is concerned, to my ears these are extremely good and refined sounding IEMs with jaw dropping transparency. Compared to the e-Q7 (which are still among my very favourite phones) there are much more similarities than differences. If anything the e-Q5 are a tiny bit less mid centric with slightly more highs, but don't expect significant changes vs. the e-Q7. Sibilance is again no issue with the new Ortofon model, the FAD SB and SS are noticably more touchy in this regard. When I got the e-Q7 a year ago it had by far the best bass quality I'd heard and one year later with the e-Q5 nothing much has changed. There are many IEMs (mostly DDs) that hit harder and many (mostly BAs) that are faster, but IMO the combination of both bass precision and texture in MAs is unrivalled.

 

Of course not everything is perfect with the e-Q5, but so far all I can think of are minor complaints: a chin slider would have been handy, a shirt clip a nice gesture and I would have preferred an L-shaped plug. Oh and there's no case included - no big deal for me, but most likely an annoyance for some.

 

I hope I'll have the time soon to do these little beauties justice and add them to my moving armature shootout, but let me just say as a preliminary conclusion that the e-Q5 are winners in my book and worth a wholehearted recommendation. As for the price/performance ratio, of course you won't find any bang-for-buck blockbusters at the $250 level, but nevertheless I've rarely seen such stellar design, great build quality and sonic excellence at a better price. smile_phones.gif

post #88 of 978

All they need to do now is to make a model that has around a 1mm smaller diameter so they can fit better for me ;p I'm not sure I can deal with earphones that don't fit as well after using so many earphones that have small housing or  fit my ear perfectly. Is the e-Q5 still the same with vocals as the e-Q7 is?

post #89 of 978

They're pretty much the same with vocals and I presume those who loved or hated the e-Q7 will also love or hate the e-Q5. It's a pity about your fit issues, because they are really very nice phones. Makes me wonder about the fit differences between these and the Grados, since using the same MA driver should in all likelyhood result in a similar housing diameter. Not sure though if I'll know anytime soon, because from what I gathered the GR10 aren't much different from their predecessors either and in my book that doesn't warrant spending another $400.

 

Sad but true, the ones that would most probably fit you perfectly are the, ahem, FI-BA-SS. My pair is currently with shigzeo (stand by for his review), but if you're interested in auditioning these he could pass them on to you.

post #90 of 978
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Originally Posted by james444 View Post

They're pretty much the same with vocals and I presume those who loved or hated the e-Q7 will also love or hate the e-Q5. It's a pity about your fit issues, because they are really very nice phones. Makes me wonder about the fit differences between these and the Grados, since using the same MA driver should in all likelyhood result in a similar housing diameter. Not sure though if I'll know anytime soon, because from what I gathered the GR10 aren't much different from their predecessors either and in my book that doesn't warrant spending another $400.

 

Sad but true, the ones that would most probably fit you perfectly are the, ahem, FI-BA-SS. My pair is currently with shigzeo (stand by for his review), but if you're interested in auditioning these he could pass them on to you.

 

Good thing for me that's past my budget for the amount I want to spend on universals :)
 

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