AKG's New Flagship IEM - N5005
Jul 7, 2022 at 3:40 PM Post #1,306 of 1,337

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I think I figured it out. (I hope so anyway). There was a bit of plastic or something stuck in the little slot here. I used an exacto blade to get it out. Thankfully I have this magnifier at my job or I would have never even seen it.
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Jul 9, 2022 at 1:20 AM Post #1,307 of 1,337

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Has anyone else had any issues with the cable connection on their N5005? I repeatedly have the right channel cutting out. I've tried detaching and reattaching but it doesn't help. Visually it looks fine...at least I see nothing wrong. I am going to try the balanced cable but I'm waiting on a 2.5 to 3.5 adapter. Any tips?
Unfortunately, that's the biggest flaw of an otherwise brilliant-sounding iem! A cable switch may be hazardous to the earphone's health. If you can find these gems for $299 now, it is worth the risk! For me, I keep the Bluetooth cable on mine to make the ultimate wireless earphone. I think mine is over three years old and is still going!
 
Jul 9, 2022 at 8:32 AM Post #1,308 of 1,337

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Update: after cleaning the mystery stuff from the connector, the cutting out problem was improved but not eliminated. I remembered these have the Bluetooth adapter so I tried it (I had never used it) and there is no connection issue at all with it, so it is definitely the cable that is the problem.
I think I may contact Harman to see if they’ll replace the cable. I had such a hard time with their customer service a while back (my post is up there somewhere) that I am not at all confident that they’ll cooperate.
 
Jul 11, 2022 at 1:03 PM Post #1,309 of 1,337

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Jul 14, 2022 at 12:27 PM Post #1,312 of 1,337

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Can’t believe we miss out in Europe!
There is a reason why these are discounted 75% - they never took off...
So don't feel too bad about this.
Check out Yanyin Canon - currently can be had for 320$, sometime during sales goes below 300$.
 
Jul 14, 2022 at 12:39 PM Post #1,313 of 1,337

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There is a reason why these are discounted 75% - they never took off...
So don't feel too bad about this.
Check out Yanyin Canon - currently can be had for 320$, sometime during sales goes below 300$.
They never took off because they are overpriced at MSRP. Don't get me wrong--I love them, but how many units could a company possibly expect to sell at $1000? Maybe the k3003 sold very well at or near MSRP but that was, what, 2011? The high-end iem market is congested (as it was in 2018 when these were new), to put it lightly.

Update on my cable woes: I contacted Harman and they are sending me a new cable, free of charge. Nice!!! It will be even nicer when it arrives.
 
Jul 14, 2022 at 1:01 PM Post #1,314 of 1,337

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They never took off because they are overpriced at MSRP. Don't get me wrong--I love them, but how many units could a company possibly expect to sell at $1000? Maybe the k3003 sold very well at or near MSRP but that was, what, 2011? The high-end iem market is congested (as it was in 2018 when these were new), to put it lightly.

Update on my cable woes: I contacted Harman and they are sending me a new cable, free of charge. Nice!!! It will be even nicer when it arrives.
I don't remember the market being flooded with 1000$ IEMs in 2018 - at least not from mass market brands such as AKG.
Even today, $500+ are mostly from niche players, and are not sold in electronics stores, only in dedicated audio stores.
 
Jul 15, 2022 at 6:11 AM Post #1,315 of 1,337

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There is a reason why these are discounted 75% - they never took off...
So don't feel too bad about this.
Check out Yanyin Canon - currently can be had for 320$, sometime during sales goes below 300$.
I own a pair already and would love a second spare pair at that price. I paid a £719 during a promo when they were released and still ok with that. I have quite a few iems but I think these are pretty special, as long as you get a perfect matching tip. $299 would be amazing even €299 would be fine, cmon Harman!
 
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Update: Harman sent me a new cable and my problems are solved. The old cable really looked perfect and had never been yanked on or pinched, but it definitely had a short or something.
I'm really pleased that they took care of it and made it so easy. Good job Harman!
 
Jul 22, 2022 at 8:21 PM Post #1,318 of 1,337

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I bought a pair at the $250 sale price and they showed up today. I've been listening to them for a few hours now and I'm impressed! Thanks again to everyone who linked to the sale.
 
Jul 23, 2022 at 10:50 PM Post #1,319 of 1,337

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I bought a pair at the $250 sale price and they showed up today. I've been listening to them for a few hours now and I'm impressed! Thanks again to everyone who linked to the sale.
Still priced at $250 as of 8 pm 7/23
 
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Hi friends

It was released some time ago, but is the N5005 still competitive against some modern day midFI IEMs?

And how is the timbral accuracy on this set? Seen some consumer reviews that the timbre is not the best.

Thanks in advance for any input!
 

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