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. But with the mc5 in-ear headphones , Etymotic has produced a much more affordable IEM that’s equally impressive.
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. Personally we would recommend upping your budget and getting a pair of hf2 headphones for £15 more.
Pros: Work with custom mouldings, sound good for vocals