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Etymotic Research MC5 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Earphones
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- Tight bass; Clear mids; Crisp highs; Hear all of your music as it was meant to be heard
- Sleek and stylish 8mm neodymium drivers redistribute energy to smooth peaks and compensate for weak highs
- Reinforced 4 foot cable and 3.5mm stereo jack
- 35 to 42 dB of noise isolation with a max output of 120 dB
- Includes an assortment of eartips for a comfortable fit and carrying pouch
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From the manufacturer
Etymotic Research, Inc. is an engineering-driven research, development and manufacturing company. The name 'Etymotic' (pronounced et-im-oh-tik) means 'true to the ear'. Innovation, education and hearing conservation are central to Etymotic's mission.
mc Series In-Ear Earphones
Most low-cost earphones are made with dynamic (moving coil) drivers that have undesirable frequency response peaks and weak highs.
Etymotic created a dynamic driver that mimics high-end drivers by inserting a proprietary acoustic side-branch to redistribute energy, smooth the peaks and compensate for weak highs. The result is the mc series with best-in-class performance.
Etymotic designs products to measure, protect and improve hearing, and enhance the listening experience of music lovers everywhere. Together, audio engineers, musicians and audiologists at Etymotic have generated over 100 patents issued and pending. Etymotic has the distinction of being the first company to develop and patent noise-isolating, high-fidelity in-ear earphones.
Best Noise Isolation
Etymotic's earphones have the highest noise isolation of all in-ear earphones, as measured by an independent laboratory accredited by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Reduction of outside noise lowers the risk of listening at unsafe levels.
35-42 dB of noise isolation when inserted properly.
Best Sound Accuracy
mc series earphones utilize a proprietary acoustic side branch and dampers to redistribute energy, smooth out response peaks and compensate for weak highs normally found in moving coil drivers.
The result is tight, accurate bass and crystal clear high-frequency detail at all listening levels--unparalleled performance.
Best Fit and Style
The mc series offers best fit and comfort in its class style, with high-gloss, polished anodized aluminum finish. An assortment of eartips is included to ensure proper seal and comfort.
Reinforced cable for durability.
User-replaceable filters to protect the moving coil drivers from earwax and other debris.
In The Box
Filter removal tool and replacement filters.
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Etymotic's MC series high-output 8mm Neodymium moving coil drivers utilize a proprietary acoustic side branch and dampers to redistribute energy, smooth out response peaks and compensate for weak highs normally found in moving coil drivers. The result is tight, accurate bass and crystal clear high-frequency detail at all listening levels. The MC series’ reinforced 4 ft. cable and 3.5mm stereo jack make them durable for everyday use and compatible with most devices. Includes assorted eartips, replacement filters and filter removal tool, and carrying pouch.
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Is ER aware of this problem? Maybe not! But the warranty on these is 2 years and both pairs have lasted 2.5 - 3 years of moderate to light use. Judge as you will.
Am I expecting too much? Maybe! In general I'd expect my $50 headphones to outlast my $10 headphones though.
Otherwise these are excellent headphones. The noise isolation is great, comfort is good, and the sound is pretty good too. I have a small problem wearing them for more than a couple of hours as my inner ear gets too wet and I have to take them out for a bit. A consequence of the noise isolation appears to be that they also don't breathe.
They have been good headphones, overall, and they will be missed.
Obviously the sound quality can't be as good as hifi cans, but it sounds a lot better than said cans in noisy environments without cranking the volume.
Do your 70 year old self a favor and grab a pair before you annoy your neighbor with volume. Saves money on hearing aids.
The only drawback is that they can get a bit uncomfortable after an hour or so, but you get what you pay for. The only way around that would be to get custom fitted in-ear monitors like the rock bands use.
Pricey for headphones, but work well. Replaced a more expensive Etymotic HF2 or HF3 (don't recall which) and sound quality is comparable. The barrel is bigger, but not overly so. Comes with other sizes/options for ear tips, which is good because the ones that were on by default were too small for me. Easy to change them. Hope the cord on these is more durable than the HF2--the plastic outer sheath split after a while, and these cords appear to be the same.
After 6 years of regular use the cables started fraying. I have been using Sugru at the fraying points, which started off well...but results in a weirdly lumpy weighting. After a couple more years of that it's time for me to admit that its time to get replacements.
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The sound quality is not like bose expensive ones but it's good enough and it does great...Read more