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Etymotic MC5

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The Etymotic MC5 are true 'Ety quality' in-ear headphones featuring moving-coil transducer drivers for an intensely clear sound and defined musical detail from any portable audio source. 98% blocking of ambient noise along with a comfortable earplug-like fit delivers outstanding listening privacy even in very noisy environs. The MC5 wallet-friendly price belies the advanced technology girding Etymotic Research products, the originators of audiophile in-ear headphones. Choose your coolest color.

 


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Product Features:

  • High-end Etymotic audio performance at incredible price
  • Superb mobile music fidelity and accuracy with complete isolation
  • Low impedance perfect for iPad, iPhone, iPod and all MP3 players
  • Audiologist-customized in-ear molds for MC5 easily available via Etymotic voucher!
  • Choose from four cool colors

What's In The Box:

  • 4 eartips sizes/types
  • Travel/storage pouch
  • Extra set of earpiece filters
  • Filter removal tool

Applications:

Led by acclaimed audio engineer and jazz musician Dr.Mead Killian, the world's first 'in-ear monitors' were created by Etymotic Research for clinical audiometry auditory evaluations and later converted by Etymotic designers into the original high-fidelity noise-isolating stereo earphones, the ER-4S, way back at the dawn of in-ear headphones (1991). Etymotic now holds over 100 patents in the in-ear category and their latest MC5 model brings decades of audiology research and exacting design to an affordably priced earphone suitable for use with any portable audio source. The traditional Etymotic detail resolution, tonal precision and crystalline sound quality remains clearly present in the MC5 along with a slightly fuller bass response than in their past models near this pricepoint. The isolation properties of the MC5 in-ear 'earplug' fit is superb; listeners can expect nearly total noise-blocking from environmental sounds -- a whopping 98% ambient noise reduction is claimed by Etymotic -- which means blissful listening for commuters on planes, trains and automobiles, for private workouts when hitting the gym, or just for peaceful isolation when studying, reading or enjoying some tunes without the din of the world intruding on your fun. Fans of seminal Detroit heavy-rock legends The MC5 may also need a pair of these.

The Etymotic MC5 packaging is easy to open (you won't need a jackhammer to pry the clamshell box apart!) and includes 4 different proprietary Etymotic eartip types & sizes; remember to try them all for the best personalized fit and sound quality. Also provided is a nifty travel/storage pouch, an extra set of user-replaceable earpiece filters plus the Etymotic dedicated filter removal tool. An extremely efficient 16 Ohm impedance rating means the MC5 do not require a headphone amp for maximum audio performance direct from your portable player or computer of choice. As a very cool extra, optional custom audiologist in-ear molds for the MC5 are available via Etymotic. Any customer purchasing an Etymotic product can register their product at Etymotic.com;  after registering, you'll print a voucher from the Etymotic site, then schedule an appointment with an audiologist in the Etymotic network (which can be located through the Etymotic website by entering your zip code). Then take the voucher to the audiologist appointment, the audiologist takes impressions of your inner ears and sends the impressions  -- along with the voucher -- to the Ety labs. Customer pays nothing to the audiologist; the lab will contact you for credit card payment ($100usd); the lab then produces the molds and ships them to the customer with the lab compensating the audiologist. BAM! It's a really easy way to get into 'master-level' sound quality performance and great wearing comfort at a very reasonable expense.

Specifications:

  • Microphone: No
  • Sensitivity: 100dB
  • Manufacturer Warranty: 2 years
  • Headphone Type: In-Ear
  • Connector Type: 1/8
  • Isolation: -20dB ~ -38dB
  • Impedance @ 1kHz: 16 Ohms
  • Detachable Cable: No
  • Cord Length: 4 ft
  • Cord Type: Straight Y
  • Ear Coupler Type: IEM
  • Driver Type: Moving Coil

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great sound, excellent value
Posted by Mike from Seattle, WA on 2014-02-27

Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: ruler flat FR, low distortion
Cons: lack of extreme HF

The Ety MC5 have a ruler flat virtually perfect frequency response, crystal clear sound that is neither bright nor warm, but neutral. Some folks say they sound weak in the bass, but their bass reponse is actually better than almost any other headphone you can buy - flat response all the way down to below 20 Hz. They reason folks say they have weak bass is because they've become accustomed to the sound of most in-ear monitors which artificially amplify the bass. The MC5 are for folks who call that artificially enhanced bass what it is: distortion.

Overall, their sound is similar to the Mag 3.6/R in my home setup: natural and clear with spooky realism, you hear what is in the recording, for better or for worse. The difference is the MC5's simply don't reproduce the extreme high frequencies. Thus they lack the "air", "space" and 3-dimensionality of the Maggies. However, this fault is shared by IEMs at 3 times or more the price of the MC5.

The MC5 are perfect for high quality recordings of acoustic music. I give them 4/5 on sound quality due to their lack of extreme top end, 3/5 on comfort because they must be inserted DEEP into the ears, which can become uncomfortable after a couple of hours. Overall, 5/5 because priced at $60, you can't find anything even close to this linear, accurate sound.


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Nice sound for the money
Posted by Bonaire 305 from Northern Minnesota on 2013-07-28

Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Noise Isolation, Clean reproduction
Cons: Slightly light on bass. Not super detailed

I totally disagree with the gent who titled his article "Steer Well Clear". These are really nice phones. Especially for the money. I like them so much that I bought a pair of ER-4S and a pair of HF-5 just to see what the hype is all about. I am currently awaiting arrival of these two upgraded phones. While I wait, I'm really very happy to listen to my MC-5's. I owned the ER-6i's for several years before they broke. The MC-5's are nearly as nice as the ER-6i. If you are buying these headphones, I have some suggestions: 1. They need some time to break in sonically. 2. They also need some time to break in with respect to the ear pieces. It takes some time to get used to having these things implanted so far into your ears. When they are in far enough, and they seal, the bass gets way better. The guy who bought them in the airport was unfortunate. He spent more on the MC-5's than I spent on my HF-5's. I think he's just pissed off that he spent so much money on those MC-5's. I would be too, but no one held a gun to his head and forced him to spend so much. Then he goes and just "savages" the earphones in his review. They weren't broken in sonically or ergonomically. I really like these phones directly into my IPod. I have an amp on order as well, and I suspect that this amp will transform these headphones. (The amp is a FiiO E12 Mount Blanc.)
Anyways, I just wanted to put my opinion into the forum because nobody here seems to really like these phones and I do. (I am an audiophile with many years of listening experience.) Cheers.


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Good sound
Posted by gabriel-dan from Dubai, uae on 2012-10-28

Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: clear sound, deep bass, good isolation
Cons: none so far

For the price you are paying, the mc5 are great value. The sound is very clear, mids are gorgeus. bass might be lean, but it does goes deep and clear. I do prefer this ones to my klipsch s4. The important thing is to get a good seal. Comfort and seal are good with`comply tips


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