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Etymotic MC-5
6.2 out of 10

Etymotic MC-5

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Overall 8
8.0

Review: Etymotic mc5

Wired
12 November 2011
  • Excerpt: The Etymotic name may not be well-known among the general public, but to earphone snobs, it’s as familiar as the names of their children and spouses. The company built its reputation on its excellent pro-level in-ear monitors, which cost hundreds of dollars.
  • Pros: Simply awesome sound. Thin, Kevlar-reinforced cable doesn’t tangle easily. Uses replaceable filters to keep the wax out — tools and extra filters are included. 32dB to 42dB of isolation blocks out the horrors of the outside world.
  • Cons: Mic/remote is an extra . Rubber mushroom tips are stiff and can be uncomfortable. Not made for Gigantor-eared specimens.
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

head-fi.org
18 January 2011
  • Summary: Sound comparison to the hf5: Slight increase in bass (may be due to the dynamic driver moving air). Drum kicks and low bass feel more realistic on the mc5, however the bass is of higher quality on the hf5. It's a good compliment if you love Ety's sound with a bit more kick in the bass.
  • Pros: flat, analytical
  • Cons: comfort? YMMV
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Overall 2
2.0

Expert Review

head-fi.org
18 January 2011
  • Summary: 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.
  • 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
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Overall 7
7.0

Expert Review

head-fi.org
18 January 2011
  • Summary: Etymotic Mc5 vs. Etymotic Hf5 Both are are very ‘true to the ear’ as Etymotic would say... both have amazing tri-flange eartips for superb noise isolation, best in the business actually...
  • Pros: Isolation, Clarity, Cable, Durability
  • Cons: Very Deep Insertion, J-Connector Jack
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

head-fi.org
18 January 2011
  • Summary: 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...
  • Pros: Neutral, Analytical, Isolation, Build quality
  • Cons: Comfort
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Overall 7
7.0

Expert Review

head-fi.org
18 January 2011
  • Summary: These are pretty good IEMs for the average consumer who wants relatively good sound reproduction. This is the first etymotic product I have owned, and overall I feel that they have fantastic isolation and pretty accurate sound reproduction.
  • Pros: Great isolation
  • Cons: Over Priced
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Overall 7
7.0

Expert Review

head-fi.org
18 January 2011
  • Summary: (Bear with me, this is my very first review...) Included in package: Triple Flange tips, small Triple Flange tips, normal/medium Glider tips Black Foam tips Replacement Filters (+ Filter replacement tool) Zippered Carrying Case Snap-on Cable Clip Etymotic MC5 earphones Comfort: 3/10 I found these...
  • Pros: Packaging, price, durability(?), detail, efficiency, carrying case...
  • Cons: Cable (feels stringy and tangles easily), fit/comfort (deep insert and difficult seal), very picky about tips, definately not for basshead
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Overall 9
9.0

Expert Review

Top Review Shop
2 November 2010
  • Pros: Stellar noise isolation; solid build quality; very clear, detailed, balanced, and accurate sound.
  • Cons: Deep-insertion form factor takes getting used to; neutral and balanced sound won’t appeal to everyone.
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Overall 0
0.1

Expert Review

reviewed
1 October 2010
Overall 6
6.0
Value for money 6
6.0
Sound quality 6
6.0

Etymotic Research MC5 Earphones

Trusted Reviews
16 February 2011
  • Summary: Etymotic introduces a new entry-level model, and promises better bass response. Do they deliver?
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