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Etymotic Research MC5 Noise-Isolating Earphones, Black

3.9 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews

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  • Sound Accuracy: 85%+ accuracy score; tight, accurate bass with crystal clear high-frequency detail at all listening levels.
  • Noise Isolation: 35-42 dB of noise isolation; documented highest noise isolation of any earphones or headphones on the market today.
  • Style and Fit: High-gloss, polished anodized aluminum finish; assortment of noise-isolationing eartips to ensure proper seal and comfort.
  • Durability and Warranty: 2-year replacement warranty; Kevlar-reinforced cable for durability; ACCU Filter user-replaceable filters to protect the moving coil drivers from earwax and debris.
  • Enhanced response accuracy, refined mid-range and high-frequency sound quality
  • Compact size provides a better fit in all ears
  • Polished aluminum finish
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Size: Without Mic | Color Name: Black
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Product Details

Size: Without Mic | Color Name: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 5.1 x 16.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 68 g
  • Item model number: ER7-MC5-BLACK
  • ASIN: B003S3RFIQ
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: Oct. 21 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,462 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Product Description

Size name:Without Mic  |  Color Name:Black

Amazon.ca 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 anodized aluminum finish. The mc5 also 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.

From the Manufacturer

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


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Customer Reviews

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Size: Without MicColor: Black Verified Purchase
I have to admit to being disappointed with this product even though it seems I am in the minority given the generally positive reviews here on amazon and elsewhere. Everything about the earphones is solid and well made so no complaints there. And they do do a reasonable job of canceling out background noise. Trouble is I can't find a combination from the four different sets of eartips that really work comfort-wise for me. Another beef is, that while the earphone cancels out background noise any movement of the cord does reverberate in my ear and it can be very annoying. It means I have to sit perfectly still when I'm listening to music or watching a movie on my laptop. Not what I expected from a product of such reputed quality.

Update (April 2015): One of the earphones has failed. I have been quite careful with my handling of the phones so I don't think this failure is related to anything I've done.
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Size: Without MicColor: Black Verified Purchase
Before I purchased these, I was using the generic $10-20 earbuds you can find in any store. I listen to music all the time, so I figured it was time to spend a little more and try something better. I ended up with these.

The earbuds are definitely different, since they go deep into the ear, and may be a little uncomfortable at first. But once you get them in properly, the noise isolation is awesome. The foam buds are decent as well.

As for the sound. . . there is no comparison to the cheap ones I was using before. At first, it was hard to tell the difference, but after a while of using them, I realized I could pick out every different instrument easily. There is amazing clarity to the music, and it was like I was listening to each song for the first time all over again.

That said, there is one downside to these. The bass. While you can pick out the bass clearly, it just sort of blends right into the other instruments. There is no real oomph! to it. If you're looking for some earbuds that'll reverberate bass inside your head, these are not them. However, if you're content with incredible sound otherwise, you'll be happy with these.
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Size: Without MicColor: Black Verified Purchase
I regret buying these. They are extremely uncomfortable in my ears. They need to be screwed really deep into the ear canal to get good sound isolation, but the isolation isn't as strong as I was expecting.
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Size: Without MicColor: Black Verified Purchase
For the price this was the best inear so far. Worked like charm and the sound quality is accurate not improvised but lacks bass. I mean come on for this price you can't expect the earphone to be perfect. If you are looking for perfect sound, go for ER4S or ER4PT. They are pricy but sound quality is just unbeatable unless you are bass head. Good for Classical musi.
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Size: Without MicColor: Red Verified Purchase
i could never get them to fit in my ears properly, and thus they were seriously lacking in bass. have very clear highs and mids, but you literally have to cram these into your ear canal and i felt paranoid every time i tried. not a pleasant experience, i wouldn't buy these again.
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Size: Without MicColor: Black Verified Purchase
I use these in a common-work area where there is a lot of noise (fans from servers), and these definitely do the trick! It took a few tries, but I found the right fit for my ear (ER38-17 Glider).

**NOTE**: there is a break-in period for these headphones. They sound very tinny and cheap for the first 10 hours or so at a reasonable volume. The bass levels out, but is not overbearing - a very balanced and calibrated sound. A good fit is a must, as it WILL change the perceived acoustic qualities.
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Size: Without MicColor: Black Verified Purchase
I've been using these for several months, and this is honestly one of the best purchases I've made. As a drummer, I need headphones that seal and block out my drums enough that I can hear the music I'm playing too while not damaging my hearing, and these do the job perfectly. Pretty good sound quality too. Great value and I'd highly recommend them.

edit: after almost a year of using, the right earbud isn't working anymore. no sound. though this is likely because the headphones accidentally went in the washing machine a couple days before...
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Size: Without MicColor: Black Verified Purchase
sound was great, liked the options for the perfect ear fit... and now after 5 months and probably only using the earphones about 5 times, the left ear piece doesn't work. Very disappointed in the product
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