The Etymotic mc5 are a new line of colourful headphones that have a few features that make it...

Etymotic MC5

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  • The Etymotic mc5 are a new line of colourful headphones that have a few features that make it rather unique. With a stylish look, the earbuds produce high-quality sound as they use passive-noise isolation that's similar to other noise-isolation headphones. Along with being very comfortable as owners can choose from different earbud tips, the product is available in black, blue, green and red.

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  1. astone
    "Old review"
  2. KorkiPoo
    "Analytical sound for the price."
    Pros - Neutral, Analytical, Isolation, Build quality
    Cons - Comfort
    I've purchased my MC5's from Ebay around a year ago (If I remember correctly.)
    Since then I've kept them as a backup IEM whenever my main IEM would break on me.
    The build quality on these are just fantastic, I've tried recabling one before but I broke one of the drivers on it because my soldering iron was too hot.
    But yeah, the build quality is really good, the cable is of average thickness however it is strong.
    The metal housings are quite strong aswell, the thickness of the housing is big (1mm if I remember correctly)
    The plastic on the housing is decent, however on my pair a very small piece of the plastic on the corner where it connects to the metal broke off.
    But it doesn't seem like an issue to me. The strain reliefs are flexible but very strong, especially where the cable connects to the earpiece.
    Sonically I found the MC5's very neutral and boring at first but after listening for longer periods with them you'll start noticing how much detail these IEMs produce.
    The bass is obviously not huge in quanitity but the quality however is good. Its quite tight, and extends well.
    Mids are detailed aswell, I found vocals lifeless at first but after a while I really started to enjoy vocals, the detail just makes it alot more immersive in my opinion.
    Highs sound good, its detailed but its not sparkly. It also doesn't extend very far and they can be quite sibilant with poor recordings.
    Soundstage is average, its not very wide but depth is quite good. Compared to the Vsonic GR06 soundstage depth seems a bit better with the MC5's
    Comfort is okay with these, atleast for me. I can insert them quite deep into my ears since I have deep ear canals. But poeple who have narrow ears might hate the MC5's, yes there are foam tips included with them but they feel very rough, as if they're sandpaper. But yeah, comfort hugely depends on your ears.
    Isolation is what I love with these IEMs, I can't hear poeple talking around me. I can barely hear a TV playing at around %50 volume from 4-5 meters away. I wouldn't recommend using these while cycling or doing anything that requires you to hear the area around you. I would recommend them for poeple that travel with a bus or a train.
    Overall, I really recommend the MC5's for poeple who are looking for an analytical and neutral IEM that isolates really well. I'm now a fan of Etymotic, especially because of the build quality. Can't wait to buy the ER-4S.
    Update: Also, it matters how deep it is inserted. I just decided to try out short single flange tips on my MC5's and now the soundstage is a bit wider and theres also a bit more bass. Highs extend further when using short tips with a big barrel.
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  3. Eisenhower
    "Lifeless sound"
    Pros - Fantastic build quality, lots of accessories, good isolation
    Cons - Sounds like cold pasta, difficult to fit, very long housing, stock foam tips fell apart
    Audio Quality: 1/10
    These sound much worse than my cheap Sennheiser cx300s. They manage to suck all life and energy out of any track I listen to. I actually enjoy an analytical and neutral sound signature. These however don't have the detail or sparkle to make up for it's lame frequency response. They just sound thin, small, and dull. There is no fun to be had in the low end. It's there, but it will not make you bob your head or shake your tail feather. With super cheap IEMs, you at least usually get some silly fun bass for amusement. Sadly, these IEMs will just make you enjoy your music less.
    The mids are the focus of these IEMs, and unfortunately, they also suck. Congested, boring, edgeless.
    The highs are a joke. I thought the Ety sound was all about the treble?
    These headphones have magical treble: they can make entire instruments, disappear! Where once there was a high hat, there no longer is! TA DAH! My Senn cx300s sound like $300 IEMs in comparison.
    I don't really even understand how this happened. Its as if all frequencies are recessed, but turning up the volume solves nothing.
    And obviously there is no sound stage, its an IEM you dummy.
    Comfort: 6/10
    I'm being nice, since I actually found these to be very hard to fit with the stock tips. But this is partially because my ears are jerks and are shaped stupid. I fixed this with some after market foam tips.
    Isolation: 8/10
    Great isolation, I can't hear sh*t!
    To bad I'd rather listen to the outside environment than these pieces of crap.
    Design: 9/10
    Built extremely well. The cord is kevlar reinforced, which will come in handy when you try to hang yourself after listening to these crap IEMs.
    Value: Whatever, don't buy these. Save your money, they suck. Others won't come out and say it as bluntly, but this is clearly the case.
    I wish I'd bought 2 pairs of cx300s instead of these.

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