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Maximum isolation for under $150... Etymotic HF5 or MC5?

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I pretty much nailed it down to the Etymotic HF5 or MC5 for under $150.

 

Please keep in mind sound quality is not what I'm after.

I really just need the maximal amount of isolation possible.

 

I've seen the MULTI IEM Compared Thread and I see the HF5 have a score of 4.5/5 and MC5 have a score of 4/5 for isolation. But I also saw graphs from headphone.com that shows MC5 isolates about the same as HF5. 

 

I can't really decide which to get?

Or is there a headphone out there that isolates even more than these two?

 

Thanks in advance!

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I think the isolation difference is minimal. If anything, the HF5's will isolate better because the nozzle is smaller, therefore allowing deeper insertion. 

 

With the tri-flanges, they're both excellent isolators. 

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