Etymotic hf5 vs Sennheiser CX series

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  1. Sitruss

    Sitruss New Member

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    I've been using Etymotic's ER6i for a while, and I love them, but the wiring is getting stiff and the sound is cutting in and out. I was planning on getting the hf5 to replace them, but there seems to be a ton of hype over the Sennheiser CX300/500. Compared to the nearly surgically precise sound of Etymotic's products, how do the Sennheiser products compare in terms of audio signature, soundstage, microphonics, etc? I understand that they won't be reference quality like the ER-4 series, but are they a suitable (and most importantly, cheaper) alternative? Obviously, a drop in price does not necessarily correlate to a drop in quality, but hopefully, this is not the case.

    I noticed that Sennheiser's website states that they have 'bass-driven' sound. Anyone familiar with Etys knows that they have quick, punchy bass. Is the bass on the CX series booming, muddy, or what? I just wanted to know some of these things from people who have used the Sennheiser products.
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    Cue the chungster in 5...4...3...2...
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    Doesn't que mean what?
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    Yes, I'm pretty sure it does. But that's a C, not a Q.
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    thechungster Super Moderator Emeritus

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    CX series bass to my ears were slightly boomy, and the overall sound, I would assume would be very muddy if you come from Etymotics... If I'm not mistaken, Etymotic uses BA drivers, so moving to dynamic drivers would be a bit of a shock...Soundstage is meh...nothing to talk about. Microphonics are also just meh...Not brilliant, not exactly the worst (Except the CX300 which is horrible)
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    that one guy New Member

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    what would you recommend?
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    thechungster Super Moderator Emeritus

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    I'm not sure if you want tight bass, but I'll do some thinking after school. It's 7:17AM and I'm just getting ready for school etc.

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