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  • Achieves highest output sensitivity in its class with 100 dB SPL sensitivity at 1 kHz at 0.1 mV. 85%+ response accuracy from 20 Hz - 15 kHz.
  • Etymotic's ACCUChamber technology makes dynamic drivers sound like high-end drivers by inserting a proprietary acoustic side-branch to redistribute energy, smooth the peaks and compensate for weak highs.
  • High degree of noise isolation enables lower-volume listening, protects hearing. 35 dB - 42 dB of noise isolation.
  • High-gloss polished aluminum finish. Kevlar®-reinforced cable for durability.
  • Includes an assortment of noise-isolating ACCUFit eartip options to ensure proper seal and comfort. CUSTOMFIT option available. ACCU Filter(TM) User-replaceable filters that protect the moving coil driver.
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Product Description

Etymotic Research has created the world's most accurate sounding, noise-isolating earphone series for under $100. For music lovers who care about hearing their music the way it is meant to be heard. The mc5 earphone delivers the best sound accuracy in its class, so you'll hear tight, accurate bass with crystal clear high-frequency detail at all listening levels. The mc5 delivers the best noise isolation in its class, the best fit and comfort in its class and the best-in class style, with high-gloss polished aluminum finish in a variety of chromatic color options. And the mc5 offers the best durability and warranty in its class, incorporating a Kevlar-reinforced cable, and user-replaceable filters that protect the moving coil driver - and it comes with a 2-year replacement warranty. Purchase includes mc5 earphones, zipper storage pouch, shirt clip, an assortment of eartips, filter removal tool and extra filters.

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Etymotic Research has created the world's most accurate sounding, noise-isolating earphone series for under $100. For music lovers who care about hearing their music the way it is meant to be heard. The mc5 earphone delivers the best sound accuracy in its class, so you'll hear tight, accurate bass with crystal clear high-frequency detail at all listening levels. The mc5 delivers the best noise isolation in its class, the best fit and comfort in its class and the best-in class style, with high-gloss polished aluminum finish in a variety of chromatic color options. And the mc5 offers the best durability and warranty in its class, incorporating a Kevlar-reinforced cable, and user-replaceable filters that protect the moving coil driver - and it comes with a 2-year replacement warranty.

Etymotic Research MC5 Diagram

The MC5 features 3 band equalized audio performance for the world’s most accurate noise-isolating earphone. Click here to learn more.

MC Series “Best in Class” Performance Benefits

Best sound accuracy in its class

  • 85% + accuracy score
  • Tight, accurate bass with crystal clear high-frequency detail at all listening levels

Best noise isolation in its class

  • 32 dB - 42 dB of noise isolation

Best fit and comfort in class

  • 4 eartip options included - * Note: For best performance and the most solid bass response, the eartips must be inserted deeply in the ear canals. See our video for proper application.

Available in 4 different colors
The mc5 Noise Isolating In-Ear earphones are available in black, red, blue, and green.

MC5 Accessories

MC5 accessories include mc5 earphones, zipper storage pouch, shirt clip, an assortment of eartips, filter removal tool and extra filters.

Best-in-class style

  • High-gloss polished aluminum finish in
  • 4 chromatic color options

Best durability and warranty in its class

  • 2-year replacement warranty
  • Kevlar®-reinforced cable for durability
  • User-replaceable filters that protect the moving coil driver from ear wax contamination

The technology that created the world’s most accurate noise-isolating earphone under $100

A patent-pending, highly advanced ACCU-Acoustic Control Chamber™ (ACC)
The ACC acts as a 3-band equalizer to enhance response accuracy and to refine mid-range and high-frequency sound quality. The ACC consists of Acoustic side branch, Resonant control gate and 2 acoustic dampers.

Custom-designed 8 mm, neodymium moving coil driver with 3-dB higher output than anything in its class.
Increases overall sensitivity to 100 dB at 1kHz @ 0.1mV with maximum output at 120 dB SPL. Allows use of a smaller driver for a more compact size, which provides a better fit in all ears without sacrificing sound levels


Product Details

Color: Black | Product Packaging: Standard Packaging
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 2 x 6.5 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B003S3RFIQ
  • Item model number: ER7-MC5-BLACK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (438 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 15, 2010
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3.7 out of 5 stars

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320 of 329 people found the following review helpful By Stephen B on August 15, 2010
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I bought these very recently, but it doesn't take long to formulate a thorough review. Overall I would give these a 4.5/5 if I could, but you must also take into consideration I'm a bit of an Etymotic fan. I can't claim to be an audiophile, but I like my music to sound good. I'll try to do a normal review, and then compare them to the Etymotic ER-6i headphones because a lot of people have those or might be considering them seeing the similar price.

What you get:
Etymotic MC5 headphones with 4ft cord and removable shirt clip
1 carrying case
2 large tri-flange ear tips
2 small tri-flange ear tips (already on the phones)
2 foam ear tips
2 easy glide ear tips
1 filter changing tool
2 filters

Review:

If all you're used to is the ipod headphones or something cheap you will absolutely be blown away by your music. Putting these in adds sounds you didn't know existed. This depends on the quality of your music though. If you have music files at low bit rates it's still going to sound bad. Personally most of my music is 192, but varies between 128 and 320 kbps, and while there is a difference, it's not too bad. Just know that if all your songs already sound muffled and off they probably will continue to do so, but if it's CD quality or itunes quality it should sound just fine.

If you're new to in ear monitors these things go inside you ear rather than just sitting on top of the ear. I mean way inside. For some people this is painful and awkward, and it definitely takes some getting used to. When I first tried it with my old Etymotics it hurt and I couldn't figure out why people liked them.
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104 of 116 people found the following review helpful By M. Spitzer on February 2, 2011
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Even though I have been going to gyms for 20 years, it seems just recently (the last few years), all the gyms in our area have fallen into the irritating habit of blasting the overhead music excessively loud.

How loud ?

Conventional ear-buds and headphones are unable to drown out the gym's overhead music even with your MP3 player on 10.

From talking with dozens of other members, it seems despite numerous talks with management and letters to corporate offices, all the gyms in our area (Ballys, LA Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness, etc..) continue this same bad habit.

Hey ..... these are supposed to be gyms, not night clubs or rave/dance clubs ....... right ?

Unfortunately the locally owned gyms have all been squeezed out of business, so there are few options available for joining elsewhere.

Making it worse, these gyms all tend to play hip-hop, rap, techno or some other form of overly simplistic, repetitive, bass heavy, mind-numbing noise that barely qualifies as music.
More like an audio version of Chinese Water Torture.

So we were searching for a set of noise isolating headphones that would be effective at shutting out the gym's noise and allow us to focus on our workout with a music of our own choice ... played at a reasonable volume.

I heard these earphones have the highest noise cancelling factor in the industry
(up to -42 db with the foam inserts , - 35 db with the plastic inserts)
This is even better than the - 33db of sound isolation/protection offers with the earplugs often used at gun ranges.

Let me simply say this .......

The first time my wife wore them to the gym, she looked at me smiling and mouthed the words ...... "I don't hear anything".
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90 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Rauch386 on October 29, 2011
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I should start off by saying I'm a musician in a professional orchestra. Having studied and performed the repertoire for much of my life, I have a good idea of what an orchestra/chamber group sounds like in a good acoustical space. Because performing orchestral repertoire is my job, I often listen to popular music on earbuds, so I need an IEM that can both accurately reproduce an orchestral/acoustic sound and also deliver the punch and excitement of dance/rock music. I ultimately returned these, but they are not without merit.

Acoustic sound reproduction is fantastic. Listening to the recap of Mahler 3 1st mvt, I can accurately hear the warmth, body and burn of 9 Horns at fortissimo and then the woody buzz of the winds as the music fades. The ultimate test I normally put buds through is the opening and conclusion to Mahler's 8th (Symphony of 1000) to hear if it can deliver a sense of spatial awareness and reproduce all frequencies at maximum volume (organ, large orchestra, large choir), and these sound phenomenal. The timbres are accurate, the lows are warm and present, the highs are clear. Listening to Donizetti's Dirti Addio for horn, voice and piano, I can actually hear the performers moving and breathing as they prepare to sing and play. In short, these reproduce recorded sound extremely well, especially for the price.

Popular Music performance: quite flaccid, especially in the bass. I wasn't expecting these to sound like Beats by Dr. Dre, but they make my favorite popular music (Bodyrock remixes, RHCP, Radiohead, Cake, Midlake, Kayne, etc) sound really lackluster. Clarity, yes. Excitement, definitely not, which kind of sucks because that's a large part of what I enjoy about popular music.

For me another problem with these is the eartips.
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