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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.
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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 stellar design to an affordable 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 price point. 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 clam-shell 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.
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