Summary: Just bought the Ortofon e-Q7 in-ear phones after quite a bit of research on the net. Have used Sennheiser 565 Ovation for many years, which are open full size headphones, but now I wanted closed ones and no nagging on top of the head ... I usually listen to music via my high end stereo set, but I now need ear phones for meditations and on the road use.
Just out of the box I am quite disapointed with the bass level.
Pros: High sensitivity, build and sound quality, balance
Summary: ORTOFON EQ7.
Build Quality: (you be the judge)
thick cloth covered cables.
hard plastic for the jack and y-splitter.
thin rubber cable from splitter to phone.
machined aluminum housing.
classy and expensive looking black box with very nice to touch foam covers inside.
black leather case for the eartips and iem filters.
some japanese instruction manual.
Pros: effortless, very musical, like the song is floating in your ears
Cons: too much classy box, it could have been just simple
Summary: Great sound - much better than my previous owned Sennheiser IE6. In fact when I listened the Ortofon I had to immediately compare with my Grado RS1i, connected to the Lehmann audio USB (amplifier and DAC). Before comparing it seemed that the quality of sound (connected to an iPod) was competitive with an high end system.
Only minus is that is difficult to adjust them to the ear. For me they are a bit too big.
Summary: This review will have a lot of references to the e-Q5 which will be explained later.
As with the e-Q5, the e-Q7 is also an easy-to-drive low impedance single balanced armature designed by Ortofon. In fact it's the same balanced armature as the e-Q5. The main difference between the e-Q5 and the e-Q7 is the pure silver plated cables as opposed to e-Q5's OFC cables.
Pros: Beautiful airy presentation with great timbre
Cons: Microphonic cables. Available only in Japan (excl grey market)
Summary: The e-Q7 is the best IEM I've heard to date; so far, it hasn't even been close. They are clear, detailed, and accurate, while retaining a "fun" sound. They have no hiss, and pack plenty of punch whenever it is called for. The e-Q7's coloration quite possibly gives it the best balance between warmth and accuracy out of any headphone or IEM I have ever heard.
Summary: I loved the way it represents the vocal voice from classic to rock and cool treble and tight bass, since it's my first IEM, I simply love it over all and looking to buy more other IEM's to compare it with others in future, but till now it's simply awesome for my ears :)
Pros: Good overall music and sound quality
Cons: Microfonic and little high in price but still worth
Summary: Prior to purchasing these, my primary concern is to have a proper alternative for my ESW9 which have better isolation to be used for listening to my ballad tunes on the road. While I don't have any issues with louder tracks, with more subtle ones, my ESW9 aren't up to the task, and so my search began.