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
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.
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. They are not bass heavy, so if you are looking for something such as that, do not purchase these!
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... and both led me to feel that clarity was an essential part of my music, perhaps even more so than dynamic bass and shiny treble... but in the end, well, lets just save it for the end, shall we?
Fullness of vocals, more bass quantity, slightly recessed.
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 iems fairly uncomfortable; my ears ached moderately after long listening sessions. All tips included never really provided much comfort.
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. And it responds to equalization much much better than the hf5, I could turn this into booming bass monsters with a degree of clarity being remained. Lovely.
Excerpt: These are well-made alternatives to the pricier ER4P. No, they don't sound as good. Bass is a little more bloated, midrange recessed, and treble does not have as much detail. But they offer good isolation and very decent quality for the money. Very usable on the train or subway.
Pros: 2 Year Warranty, Good isolation, Non-fatiguing
Summary: Pros: sounds incredible, very high clarity, you will hear parts of songs you won't hear on standard priced in-ear headphones. For the price, the sound quality on these is amazing. Cons: Some would consider them to be uncomfortable - for the true sound you have to really push these quite far into your ear.
Summary: After much research and testing, I decided that noise cancelling head phones were not the option for me. That left headphones with noise isolation for use in various environments. Unfortunately you cannot do comparative tests with headphones that are designed for in ear use, due to health reasons (although I'm sure a good clean would solve these issues). Firstly the HC5 headphones as supplied.