Cardas EM5813 IEM
Cardas EM5813 IEM
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The EM5813 is the debut IEM from Cardas Audio, an Oregon-based, family-run manufacturer that specializes in premium audio cables and component parts. The result of years of meticulous design by founder George Cardas, it’s efficient, natural, musical, and complete with an eye-catching copper finish Read More

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Seio
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Dec 12, 2019
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Apologies if i asked something stupid, im super new to the audiophile world. I have a ES100 DAC/AMP that i'd like to use with the cardas em5813, however it has both unbalanced and balanced cable inputs, would the EM5813's clear light cable be a balanced cable?
Dec 12, 2019
taegun07
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Dec 14, 2019
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It features with 3.5mm unbalanced:)
Dec 14, 2019
Terco
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Nov 27, 2019
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Mmm... Reading some reviews makes me feels like I want them (mostly for the price and the brand, love their cables) but I will hate them, like my Audioquest Nighthawk I hate them but I wanna keep it because they are different lol it make any sense?? For $100 should I try?
Nov 27, 2019
derektailor
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Nov 27, 2019
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The copper made housing is heavy so the earphone won't stay firm, so the bass response will be bad. (except when you sit down and enjoy it) the cable is a bit hard and heavy. However, if you need the Clear Light, it is a good chance to get it.
Nov 27, 2019
Shanks405
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Nov 28, 2019
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I’ve got both (Cardas and Nighthawks), and sound is similar - rich, dark, great bass detail. These bathe you in sound rather than shower you with detail - I feel like i’m listening to speakers rather than reference iems, so Cardas marketing this as an EarSpeaker is not innacurate. Particularly enjoyable for live jazz and darker orchestral recordings. A little eq can resolve the treble followed and lightens these up a bit when needed. Comfortable for long listening so long as you aren’t moving around, due to relatively thick and heavy cables (definitely not for mobile use for this reason, but I’ve experienced no problems with microphonics, and I also wear cable “over ear” which resolves cable weight issues.) The fixed cable would sell for well more than this $99 alone. I’m not going to weigh into the “cable” debate here, but if Cable’s are important to you check Cardas website for info on factory mods to convert this cable and iems to MMCX or your preferred termination, and you will have a serious audiophile cable for home listening with this and your other iem gear, and you can make these earphones mobile with a lighter cable. If you think this is your thing, call Cardas before you buy, as this fix is likely to double price of this product and could take a while, but for some it may be more than worth it. When these first came out a number of audiophile reviewers didn’t blink at the $500 list, and even with the cable mod you still get home for about what I happily paid for my set ($250).
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Nov 28, 2019
Balmoong
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Nov 26, 2019
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i think $99 is also too expensive for this IEM. $30 maybe...
Nov 26, 2019
OmniEntendre
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Nov 30, 2019
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Check other reviews. They need a lot of burn-in time.
Nov 30, 2019
daidai
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Dec 3, 2019
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At least they are a cheap source for clear light cables
Dec 3, 2019
derektailor
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Nov 26, 2019
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I bought EM5813 for 3 times, sample variations were quite serious. one out of three sounds much better and neutral. The remaining two were too dark and treble was absent. However, I still purchased this time coz it is the cheapest way to get a Clear Light for your IEM. Aftermarket cables below US$260 just cannot compete with Clear Light.
Nov 26, 2019
practikl
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Dec 3, 2019
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Why 3 times? They broke?
Dec 3, 2019
monochrom
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May 16, 2019
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Does anyone know if tracking will be provided?
May 16, 2019
daidai
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May 15, 2019
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Back to stock for 150...good luck
May 15, 2019
Ragaga
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Apr 8, 2019
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Anyone received their 5813 in Canada, mine arrived in Canada on March 29th and still haven't received it
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Apr 8, 2019
nikku
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Apr 4, 2019
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Just received these this week. Still breaking them in, but I really really like the sound. However, I hate the heavy cable which is totally inappropriate for a pair of IEMs. Wish the cable were thinner and lighter. "Clear light" is a misnomer. I would absolutely recommend these IEMs, especially at the price point Massdrop is/was selling them, but just know that they will not be good for on-the-go listening unless you use the shirt clip (I don't care for them personally). As for sound, they have a slightly dark tilt but are extremely detailed. I would describe them as a more detailed HD650 with better bass response. Not sure how well they scale with quality amplification, my early impressions are that they are efficient and driven well enough off of mobile sources and DAPs. Good stuff.
Apr 4, 2019
jaxtrauma
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Oct 15, 2019
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You're right, seriously good stuff. The design of the ear speaker is unique. I've found that like most good headphones, they scale tremendously when significant power is applied, but even more so with the EM5813. The cable is heavy because it contains the best conductors on the entire planet. Seriously, you can not buy a better cable than Cardas. He built his own foundry to smelt better copper because the commercially available copper was too impure. I don't use them on the go because they're so stiff and heavy, but the sound... my God. Pair these with a quality headphone amp and a likewise quality source to reach audio nirvana. Haven't even tried balanced or tubes yet, but Cardas has got to be the end game cable for headphones. http://cardas.com/clear_light_headphone_cable.php
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Oct 15, 2019
K.Mak
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Mar 28, 2019
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Do the included Comply foam tips affect the sound when compared to the default white silicone tips?
Mar 28, 2019
nikku
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Apr 4, 2019
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Of tips? I like JVC spiraldots.
Apr 4, 2019
kltp567
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Nov 26, 2019
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Idk how the comply pair with cardas for the sound signature, but comply ear tips are very good and better than most stock ear tips.
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Nov 26, 2019
riceguru
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Mar 7, 2019
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if chi fi manufacturers can make detachable cables for iems Im sure cardas can
Mar 7, 2019
riceguru
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May 19, 2019
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Like it's a play on words of Chinese made and hi fi. That the audio comunity likes to use. I'm referring to brands like moondrop, kz, to hifi , fiio,TRN that all make great iems that have detachable cables like mmcx
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May 19, 2019
treeinc
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May 19, 2019
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Ah, now I see it. Really simple after all. Thanks
May 19, 2019
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