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.
Summary: (Bear with me, this is my very first review...)
Included in package:
Triple Flange tips, small
Triple Flange tips, normal/medium
Black Foam tips
Replacement Filters (+ Filter replacement tool)
Zippered Carrying Case
Snap-on Cable Clip
Etymotic MC5 earphones
I found these...
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.
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...
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.
Conclusion: The mc5 headphones are pitched as a budget option for those not yet ready to go up to the Etymotic hf3 headphones (£130) that are just about to be released. At £55 you will get what you pay for, but for most people looking at a pair of headphones in this price bracket, these will do nicely.
Pros: Work with custom mouldings, sound good for vocals