Excerpt: these do not compare favorably with any other in ear headphones I've tried over the years, had a chance to compare them with a few I have here and with a few regular closed cans and these had to go back.
Excerpt: the moment I put them on it was easy to identify the poor sound qulity...thought the sound would by much much better for the money. I had klipsh which were so much better and my iphone ear pods are much better too,by far.
Excerpt: I purchased these in order to make my 1 Room studio work. I need isolating headphones so I could stand in front of an amp or drum and move the mic around and hear only the mic pickup. These do the job great! If I need some more isolation, I simply add a pair of firing range ear muffs and even better. The sound quality is quite good. It's fairly flat, but not incredibly detailed.
Pros: Comfortable, Compact, Good Value, Lightweight
Excerpt: I primarily purchased these phones to experience great sound while exercising. They have great overall sound. A bit wimpy on the bass, but vocals and instrumentals come out crisp while still remaining warm. Very easy to listen to. The different ear adaptors are all pretty comfortable, and the 'default' ones have no trouble staying in while running. One complaint is that they isolate the environment so much it become difficult to hear if something important is happening.
Excerpt: I purchased these because of a review I read in Wired. Now, it's possible I received a bad set, but they were horrible. No low end whatsoever, tinny, just horrible. I returned them immediately and bought the Shure SE215s. Those are fantastic. Great response across the entire range.
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 iron was too hot.
But yeah, the build quality is really good, the cable is of average thickness however it is strong.