Etymotic MK5 IEMs
Etymotic MK5 IEMs
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The newest addition to Etymotic’s Isolator earphone series, the MK5 combines the company’s renowned sound quality with excellent noise isolation. These IEMs are well suited for traveling, commuting, or working out at the gym, blocking out surrounding noise so you can enjoy your music Read More

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JSBus
15
Jun 2, 2020
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How is it different from an ety-kids? From the look of it, I would say that the only discerning factor is the ability to be driven more easily. If you are fine with low volume, I don't see why you wouldn't buy ety-kids over this.
Jun 2, 2020
PACoug
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May 29, 2020
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I’m sure these sound better than average for the price, but detachable cables have become so ubiquitous that even $15 Chi Fi IEMs have them. Since the cable is always what seems to break, I don’t even look at designs without a 2-pin or MMCX cable. Just not worth throwing the money away. I have multiple cables in both termination options with and without inline mic remotes. If you’re selling an earphone that locks me into one cable that disables the earphones when it breaks, I’m just not a customer for that. The market has moved on.
May 29, 2020
League544
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May 30, 2020
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Yup, completely avoid stuff like this. At least non-removable backs for phones have waterproof advantages there is literally no reason to not include attachable cables and for that I will never buy products for that reason. Still love my Ety 2xr just saying. Spend the extra bucks get yourself some er4s even. 200 bucks is nothing.
May 30, 2020
zamuz
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May 29, 2020
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Two big differences between the MK5 and the higher end Etymotic models:
  • The MK5 use dynamic drivers, and therefore are bigger than the rest of the models and also respond better to EQ settings (if you use Poweramp, the bass tone dial can work wonders).
  • The MK5 do not require filters like the other Etymotic models. So not only are they cheaper, they are also in my opinion better suited for rougher treatment.
For $50, these are amazing. Try out the big 3-flange tips included in the package, and if you like them and find them comfortable-ish, I recommend buying the gray 3-flange tips from Etymotic (they are not listed as compatible with the MK5 but they are). They are not cheap but the improvement in comfort and sound quality is worth the price!
May 29, 2020
phaysaal
67
Aug 12, 2018
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I shouldn’t ask for a comparison with ER4SR or ER3SR. Instead, can someone tell me how it goes against similarly priced other IEM like T2 and Senfer XBA 6in1? They have $10 difference but I don’t care. One thing I can guess that MK5 perhaps produces less bass, but how is about treble and mid?
Aug 12, 2018
dwang31
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Jun 20, 2018
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Anyone with an idea if the earphones have been shipped? Paid 3 weeks ago and haven't heard anything back
Jun 20, 2018
dustytrail
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May 31, 2018
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in my subjective opinion
ER4B > ER4S > ER4SR > ER4P > ER4XR and.. > MK5
But at $50, the MK5 represents excellent value and I would definitely pick the MK5 over similarly-priced earphones: I just love that Etymotic sound and I can't go back after getting accustomed to it.
May 31, 2018
Jail4banksters
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May 30, 2018
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I have both HF2's, and ER4's. I'm a bit of an Ety fan. I have custom silicon tips made for both of them. The tips go over the shoulder of the narrow barrels of both pairs. Can anyone speak to this? This looks like the barrel is fatter? The custom silicone tips are super comfy, and isolating. I only ride my leaf blower here in Asia, not a Harley, but I hear nothing in traffic, almost dangerously so.
May 30, 2018
perisantavsan
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May 28, 2018
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For me MK5 & ER4SR were very different. They are balanced both, similarity is just that.Resolution, imaging, tonality, timbre are so much better with ER4.
ER4SR is my favourite in-ear and I use daily, it also sounds fun &realistic to me. MK5 wasn't bad and I used it for a while before selling, I would take GR07 or ATH im50 over it any day though.
May 28, 2018
CWHSG
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May 28, 2018
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How are this compared to the HF5?
May 28, 2018
diyaudio
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May 30, 2018
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They're worse, exactly as their lower price indicates. The MK series is, in my very subjective opinion, the level where it becomes a mainstream IEM, affordable, good noise blocking, but not great sound for the discerning music listener. Details in the music are low.
The HF series are the poor man's ER4.
May 30, 2018
HispanicPanic
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May 27, 2018
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probably a dumb question, but how do these compare against the ER4 XR?
May 27, 2018
diyaudio
40
May 28, 2018
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I've used the MC series, the HF series, and the ER4S (older gen than the current ER4XR/SR). Going by the older models, the ER4 is quite a bit clearer. If you're into careful listening (as against playing music when in a gym, for instance), you can make out more details and texture with the ER series. The HF series are closer to the ER4, but even those have less details. By details, I don't mean the etched detail which you get when a transducer reproduces highs a bit strongly -- that's the kind which gives you listening fatigue after some time. I'm referring to details in the texture of, say, voices, which emerge from the background with a really good transducer.
All of them are fairly flat in frequency response, therefore many people don't like Etymotics because they don't have "enough bass". I've found their bass to be awesome, because I like "accurate" over "lively" or "pleasant".
May 28, 2018
I_Need_Money
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May 28, 2018
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The ER4XR has a very similar sound signature but it's more detailed. It's easier to pick out the little details in the sound that may not be present at all with the MK5. The ER4XR also has a slightly "cold and sterile" sound to it, especially at lower volumes. I think it has to do with the BA driver used but it doesn't seem like a lot of people hold this opinion so it may just be me. In contrast I find the MK5 to be a bit thicker and more on the side of "mainstream" tuning.
They're hard to compare because they're fairly similar in terms of fit and sound signature, the differences mostly lie the detail and timbre.
May 28, 2018
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