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. It comes in a nice cylindrical can with a multitude of accessories - tip cleaner, flanges/tips of various sizes, and filter replacements too.
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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. While I may be a little late to the party when it comes to auditioning these little marvels, this will definitely be sticking in my book for a very, very ling time, as they are one of the most unique and beautifully tuned IEM’s I have ever in my...
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. The all-aluminum housing is large and may not fit all ears, but the design is simple and stylish.
Pros: very transparent, low sibilance, excellent build and sound quality
Cons: no cord cinch, large housing, no case included
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. The housing is beautifully crafted out of aluminium with a very nice silver finish. You would have to really work hard the brake or damage them though I can see them getting scratched but not very easily.
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. But for those who are not so particular in that way and who find balanced armatures too lean sounding, these could be a great solution as they are indeed balanced and musical and worth a try. These should be under $100 in my world. The fit is also problematic for me.
Excerpt: Звучание очень качественное. Сначала показалось, что недостаточно басов, но потом понял, что их столько, сколько нужно. Слышно каждый инструмент, ничего смешивается в кашу, хорошая сцена. В ушах сидят хорошо, дискомфорта нет. Очень качественный шнурок. Кейс, конечно, красивый, но большой и уже помялся.