Ortofon eQ5 earphones in Review – an earphone for all time
11 June 2012
Conclusion: The eQ5 is the perfect earphone for someone who enjoys a neutral presentation with balanced frequencies, but plenty of oomph in the bottom end. It is clear and never trips up anywhere, presenting itself with a slight bias to bass. It’s my type of earphone.
Pros: Generally good fit, Quality construction, Excellent sound, Wonderful cable, Easy to drive – no amp needed
Cons: No stress sleeve on earphone cable, Accessories? What accessories?
Summary: (Pictures can be found in the thread)
The Ortofon e-Q5 was a very uber popular headphone for a short period time, that is until bigger and better IEM’s took the market by storm, like the Westone 4 and the Earsonics SM3.
Summary: The Ortofon e-Q5 is an easy-to-drive low impedance single balanced armature driver designed by Ortofon themselves. It uses OFC cables and the shells are aluminium CNC-ed.
As with most Japanese products, presentation is important and the e-Q5 doesn't disappoint.
Driver - (Moving) Balanced Armature
Impedance - 40 ohms
Frequency Response - 10 Hz to 20 kHz
Sensitivity - 118dB at 1 kHz
Cable - 4N OFC
Max Rated Imput Power - 5mW
Build Quality & Fit,
I have to say these have the best build quality I've had in an IEM.
Summary: much like their cartridges, I find ortofon to 'have a sound'. I enjoy it for the most part, but ultimately would rather listen to a less invasive, more natural sound that doesn't color my record collection.
Summary: This "moving armature" descendant of the Ortofon e-Q7 makes no sacrifices in terms of quality, despite being introduced at a more affordable price point. The introduction of a new cord and strain relief system help tame microphonics and make the model easy to wear both down and over the ear.
Pros: very transparent, low sibilance, excellent build and sound quality
Cons: no cord cinch, large housing, no case included
Conclusion: All the comparisons in the chapter above hopefully give a good picture of where the e-Q5 stand, quality-wise. I really couldn’t find any overly valid comparisons to less expensive phones, so I didn’t even try.
Pros: Euphonic, lush, transparent, precise sound quality with slightly forward treble, Great looks, great build quality, Easy to drive by any MP3 player, Comfortable to wear
Cons: Might lack some bass impact for various kinds of music and/or various people’s tastes, Large straight 3.5mm plug, sticks out rather far from portable players
Excerpt: Danske Ortofon er bedst kendt for udmærkede pickup´er til pladespillere. Noget de har lavet siden 1948, da de lancerede den første pickup med bevægelig spole. Siden har de været omkring både kabler og højttalere, men hele tiden har de lavet pickup´er. Nu også ørepropper.