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This review is from: Etymotic Research MC5 Noise Isolating In-Ear Earphones (Black) (Electronics)
With the MC5, Etymotic Research has brought their clear, detailed sound down to a cost that most semi-serious music listeners can afford. On headphone forums, the MC5 gets reviews that the sound quality is within 90% of it's more then 2X more expensive big brother, the ER-4.
Since the MC5 has a dynamic driver (a first for an Ety phone), it really benefits from letting it burn in for 40-60 hours, helping the driver to relax and reach it's full bass potential. The bass on the MC5 will not blow anyone away, except maybe for the quality of the bass. The bass response is completely clean and clear, but it is not earth-moving in quantity. And it does respond well to some EQ if you want to bump up the bass.
The mids and trebles are very balance with the bass, and both are very natural sounding. Voices sound real, and acoustic instruments have a very natural, authentic timbre to them. Highs are not fatiguing but very present all that way past the delicate shimmering of brushes on cymbals.
With several types of tips provided, you should try to find the tip that allows a good seal from outside noise. Once sealed, you will hear very little outside noise when no music is playing, and when music is playing, you should hear a rich sound, balanced in both ears.
The only caution is the tightness of the tips on the nozzle. When removing tips to change them or clean them, you have to pinch the whole tip firmly and slowly rotate the tip as you are pulling the tip down the nozzle. Also be patient putting on the cleaned of different tip, slowly and firmly rotating it onto the nozzle.
Comply T-100 or P-Series tips also fit the MC5 to provide an excellent and comfortable seal.