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Magaosi K5 IEM

Magaosi K5 IEM

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Price is the same as 11.11 so nothing special but anyone else who missed out on the sale should jump on this
I just received mine this afternoon, the fit is definitely amazing! The cable is really nice, the sound overall is great as well, I wouldn't mind if a tad bit more bass presents itself as these 'break in', but overall these look and feel great, I'm very pleased so far.
I have the predecessor of this IEM which I have found exceptional in comfort and good and sensitive in sound. It is also very reasonably priced. Hence my order for this one!
Any comparisons between these and the X3s?
As mentioned, bt is shot. I used it probably 20x, and kept in a bag but now it's half static, and 40 min battery life.
MD covers for 30 days which I'm fine with, but after that there is 0 warranty from Magaosi as confirmed by MD. I would avoid this company like the plague. I couldn't even find and company info within the retail box.
madcownyc
If you paid with a credit card, try doing a chargeback. If your credit card has extended warranty/protection plans for all purchases, even better.
Has anyone else got problems with the Bluetooth cable? It connects via USB. It charges. It holds 0 charge. So the device works only when plugged into USB. Soon as disconnected it is dead as a dodo. Battery seems to be faulty/discharged - 100% dead.
Apart from that, I'm liking the sound and loving the fit.
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P373
Yeah, pulled out the bluetooth cable (for the first time) because of your comment and sure as @#$% no sound from the right side.
Maddog2020
I ended up buying a Knowledge Zenith Aptx MMCX cable for cheapo money from our Chinese overlords. Does the job. As for the Magosi bluetooth cable, as the only issue I had was the battery - it is now constantly plugged in and repurposed as a Aptx receiver for a home stereo. All in all a happy customer.
Colors make them look like an iMac from 1998.
Just an FYI about the bluetooth cable included with these IEM's. I have charged them fully twice and today, after 40 minutes of use, got the low battery warning and then total silence. I then tried charging them with two different cables and two different USB wall plugs and the cable is toast. No lights, no sound, no good. Needless to say, I'm upset with these 5 day old IEM's. They do sound good with the hardwire cable though... Trying to resolve this issue with Massdrop.
As someone living in Shenzhen and gets regular access to Chifi IEMs, I wanted to give some insight to people still on the fence about these. I blindly bought them early this year as there's literally one vendor on Taobao and the closest place I could find a sample was in Hong Kong. I refunded them in the end as there was just too many things that ticked the wrong boxes for me.
Skip to bottom for tl;dr.
*The good: - There's an obsession with female vocals in Chinese and Japanese HiFI communities and the K5 is very much if not only specifically tuned with this in mind. This is a fairly neutral IEM on the brighter end that emphasizes mids and a bit of lower treble. When you get the right track, these can sound pretty nice.
- The build quality of the IEM units are pretty good, stock tips are comfortable, although after markets like Spinfits are still recommended.
*The neutral: - The stock cable on the V2 from what I read is a significant improvement over the V1's which must've been utterly disgraceful considering how average these are. The pictures make it look better than it is but this is a standard 4 core 4N silver-coated copper cable that simply works. I used it for about 30 mins before swapping in my Beyer Xelento cables. APT-X supported BT cable works and is a convenient inclusion.
- The K5 is slightly bright and ultra sensitive. Avoid brighter and high output impedance sources, driving this out of the Hiby R6 for example, produces a sound that I will politely describe as unpleasant. Use IEMatch if you want to use high OI hardware.
*The bad: - Soundstage of the K5 is weird, in a bad way. The vocals are so forward that the lows, particularly sub-bass sounds like its all the way in the back. This creates an illusion that the soundstage is wider and the separation is better than it really is. It actually sounds decent in vocal focused tracks or tracks with single sounds in a wider array of ranges but play something with multiple sounds in the same freq. range and it starts getting messy. Now, sound is always subjective and you might love it but to me, even with the right tracks the soundstage feels unrealistic.
- Chinese BA drivers. Chinese DDs have come a long way and are fairly reliable. Chinese BAs however, are not. There's a reason even DIY IEM makers on Taobao tend to use Knowles and Sonion. There are exceptions but too many times the extension, precision, speed are just not there. A good example would be the 5BA KZ ZS10. However, the ZS10 is also 5 times cheaper (in China) than the K5.
*The Ugly: - K5 is produced in a Chinese factory and sold under different brands. Internationally, you can more easily find it as the NiceHCK HC5. I could be wrong but given that they come with different accessories and different price points and that HCK and Magaosi don't share other products, I don't believe this is the same company. This and the tuning that fits only a specific music profile tells me very little effort actually went into properly tuning these.
*Tl;DR / Conclusion: - Despite an unrealistic soundstage, paired with the right source and the right tracks, the K5 can sound pretty good. However, the lack of proper tuning and/or driver quality means your listening experience will vary from good to harsh and unpleasant. If this was between $20-$40 like TRN V60 or KZ ZS10, it might be worth as a niche pair but at this price point, TFZ King Pro/Queen or QDC Neptune are the Chifi IEMs you're looking for.
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I'm wearing mine with JVC Spiral Dots... I checked last night and Spinfit CP100s fit, as do 400 series Comply. All of those fit on the loose side - not loose like they are going to fall off, but loose enough so I don't have to struggle to get them on and off.
ccm220
Its funny you say all that. I have some 5 driver Toneking that look identical and have a really weird tuning. I fixed it with the MSEB in the hiby r6 . still dissappointing though.
Cat fight below is an interesting read. Head-fi gives mixed reviews as well. Smells like a cheap Chinese knock off with a five driver sell. Aside from subjective retort, comparisons with known IEMs would be welcome as a refresh here.
The shipping cost to Japan is too higher than other earphones.
JoinedPerson
buy them from jp.amazon then
rae39825
Surely. I can get it more cheaply in amazon jp time sale. Thank you.
Pretty sure those transparent clear pics are wrong.
Senny
Yes, the transparent clear version is fully transparent indeed, no smoked area. ;)
How do this compare to the TFZ King Pro? Also anyone know how long does the battery last on the bluetooth cable?
Christian.N
I think the King and the Pro are better than this Iem!
I dont need anymore headphones, but i like pretty things. What to do?
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OneLove
I really want these because of the 5 BA drivers and the transparent color, but I just joined the MD+ drop. Dammit! lol
bluewrecK
Exactly same to me.... lol
Just received mine today. Few things: Low, mid, high individually sounds pretty good. Highs can sound little bit harsh, but that might be because I'm used to warmer sounding IEMs like Noble K10 and SE846.
Within hours of listening to this IEM: *Really doesn't like high impedance sources. The balanced output of FiiO X5 III is quite high in impedance and the sound became tinny very noticeably. Sound with my phone and unbalanced output from the FiiO is okay. Had best result with low impedance IEM DAC like C5S. *Sounds exceptional with less crowded songs. It may be due to the bad crossover, sync, I don't know, but the IEMs sound lot better when there is more separation of the sounds. For example, Lorn, Bradsucks, Daft Punk sounds great with this IEM. Pink Floyd, Imagine Dragons, Franz Ferdinand, RHCP sounded pretty mediocre to me. This is the part that confounds me the most, partly because certain songs sounds very different when listening with this IEM. * When it works, it has great spacious sound stage. Otherwise sounds really harsh and disjointed. *Bluetooth works, I guess as good as other lossy bluetooth devices. * The sound signature when it works is nice. Neutral but neither bass or the trebs are lacking. Vocals are very clear even when it's crowded, not sure what that means though.
There is no final verdict as it's only been hours since I received it. I don't believe in BA IEM burning in, but I will do more detailed review tomorrow.
Oh and mine came with broken cable(connection on the right side was very unstable). No reply from Massdrop yet.
legokangpalla
Can you describe with a little more detail your experience with the Bluetooth?
legokangpalla
Noble K10 is not warm. Not in my experience. The highs are painful and harsh. 64 Audio U8s are warm.
I just received my order, and I have to say, I am impressed. The fit is fantastic, easily better than any other IEM that I've owned. Sound-wise, I can't tell the difference between this and the NuForce HEM8, which is my current daily. I'll need burn-in time, which I will start tomorrow during my daily commute, but so far, this has been an excellent buy. I mainly listen to hard rock/metal, haven't heard any hissing, and the v2 are very beefy.
This is what I own/owned:
Magaosi K5 NuForce HEM8 NuForce Primo8 Westone 4R (which are now broken) UE 900S 1MORE Quad Noble X Kinera H3 TFZ Series 5S Etymotic ER-4S FutureSonics Atrio m6 FutureSonics Atrio m5 BrainWavz S5 Westone TS1 Klipsch X4i Blue Ever 328R NVX IE2GR NVX IE3RC NVX IEWR2
NuForce EDC3 are arriving on Friday, and have on order Noble Luxe. I've been waivering on the Noble K10, but still can't justify the cost.
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UnderTheHill
How do you feel about the EDC3? In the past 6mo or so I've picked up Massdrop x MEE Audio Pinnacle PX IEMs Massdrop x NuForce EDC3 In-Ear Monitors Massdrop x NuForce EDC In-Ear Monitors Magaosi K5 IEM Ostry KC09 IEM SoundMAGIC E80S Creative Outlier Sports
I was surprised how shitty the EDC and EDC3 were. They sound identical and they sound like $5 buds. My favorites so far are the Magaosi K5 and the Ostry KC09.
The Outlier Sports are my favorites for workouts due to their heavy bass (which is what I like when working out) and their fantastic bluetooth connectivity. They are the only bluetooth buds I've used that never loose connection when my phone is in my pocket.
I should add I returned the Jaybird X3 because of their terrible bluetooth connectivity and overall poor audio quality.
techmattr
With my limited use of the EDC3, they are OK. Still prefer HEM8 or Noble X over them. I'm not a basshead and prefer to listen to detail, more analytical. The 1More Quads are also good. Not having the EDC, can't compare that to the EDC3, but the EDC3 did sound similar to the Primo8.
The K5 are the best fit out of all of them.
Does anyone knows if universal foam tips fit these IEMs?
These are gorgeous, and the price is right. But are they any good?
Does anyone know if there's volume control and mic on the wired cord? I can't tell.
gcranston
On the stock cable there is none. Only on the bluetooth.
This is a v2 of Magaosi K5. The v1 has the pouch instead of hard case, also the mmcx wire from v1 is different from v2. The disadvantage of this IEM is that hissing sound. Some says it depend on the source and some are for wire. This is a flat sounding signature and not for a heavy bass lover. For me, the fit is very comfortable and also felt like CIEM ( lol ). Try to get one of this guys. Thumbs up for massdrop! :D
I would've joined if I hadn't already grabbed the CTH! These look really nice!
Hey guys I am a Chinese and I think I need to say something about this company… First I never saw any reviews or anyone buy K5 in local Chinese forum. And second this company had a notorious case of false advertising. They use fake 30017 balanced armatures for k3pro and promoted them as real ones. This case was greatly criticized by the famous Chinese electronic media Soomal. There are some Chinese companies selling super cheap but at least usable stuff like KFZ or Venture Eletronics. But in my mind magaosi is not the case
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Ah no, they don't have English reviews, I'm just bilingual. My use of young was just a specific example. It could be said that my criticism is directed towards how the Chinese hifi community describe sound in general. I myself understand what they mean since I'm fluent in both languages and do occasionally visit the Chinese forums, but the point still stands. These descriptors are deliberately vague, abstract and obscure to even an enthusiast if they haven't been around. We're trying to walk a fine line between objectivity and subjectivity, but in my opinion this is really going down the deep end into so subjective that different people will have a different mental image of what's being described. I am particularly against the frequent use of poetic phrases, sometimes in reference to qualities of traditional instruments. Perhaps it's a personal preference, but I'm of the belief that it would add more credibility and reduce division. As for issues with companies, you're absolutely right, many do have issues and ideally we'd look at companies individually and independently, instead of generalizing across a region. However, as a consumer, that's unfortunately not possible, especially when a market is flush with new brands making very competitively priced products that can sometimes punch well above their class. I know which brands I'd rather not risk it with because it's been well-documented, but such information isn't always available. The stereotype of poorly made goods from China doesn't apply to everything, but there's enough truth in it that it can be disheartening. Regardless of where they come from, I hold them all to a same standard, adjusted for price of course, and at the top for me is Sennheiser. I naturally don't expect their level of QC and service for everyone, but that doesn't diminish Hifiman's chronic, endemic issues that to me highlight a larger issue with the company as a whole.
Just to be clear, I'm certainly not advocating not to buy from any of these companies (with the exception of VE because of the unethical behavior), I'm saying customers should be aware of an added risk, and it broadly applies to many of these new, high-value brands that have enjoyed a lot of publicity. My apologies if it came out too targeted, I'd call out Audeze too for their driver inconsistency and manufacturing, but that's not exactly topical.
(By the way, where/when did you see the HE-400i as cheaper than the HD650? When I was buying mine, the Hifiman was three hundred RMB more expensive.)
Ok, if it's not Knowles but Magaosi claims so that is a very wrong behaviour. For my side, I did not know what the driver was and I did not buy it because of the advertisement. To be honest, I don't care what Chinese brands on Aliexpress writing on paper, I always go with head-fi and some other forums to decide what to buy. I have read lots of good impressions on the sound and I decided to buy K3 Pro.
Did I regret? No! I am very happy with it's sound signature. I got it for 80 Dollars, at least I got what I have paid for (and I got more I think)
But again, dishonesty is not acceptable whoever does it.
This is definitely v2 version, this can be seen from the big copper+silver cable, which is different from v1. This cable is MUCH better quality than v1 cable, but the IEM themselves are the same than v1.
There is still some hiss from sources that are normally considered very black (Opus #1/#1S), but the level is not an issue to me, unless you're listening quiet classical music (piano). The thinner v1 cable was a disaster for hiss.
They have a relatively flat profile with a very slight boost in the vocals area, but it doesn't sound particularly unnatural to me, although I had to boost the bass to really enjoy them. Detail level is very good, because of the flat profile (if you're used to V shaped IEM, you're in for a shock). If you want more smoothness in the upper mid and treble area, replace the cable with a thick pure copper cable, the mmcx connectors make that easy.
The price is good versus Chinese merchants, and the overall built quality is very good.
Due to their flat signature, do not buy if you like strong bass unless you're ready to use the equalizer.
Tienbasse
I agree with this Hissing problems of Magaosi K5. I am using Lotoo Paw 5000 as my source and I can clearly hear the hissing sound. But when it comes to details and quality of sound it is superb for me since I don't want a really strong bass. Would recommend it to anyone.
Tienbasse
To see if they are the V2 you can only look at the color of the outside box. If it is the white one is the old version if it is the black one is the one with the upgraded cable.
This or the edc3?
I have be warned from some guys on Headfi that tones of hiss are created from this iem.... Consider your selves warned on this one guys.......
Wanted to share my fair bit on this. There are reviews on Head-Fi, You can see them here:
https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/magaosi-k5.22812/reviews https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/magaosi-k5.22812/reviews
You will see from the photos that the cables are totally different. I think these are the 2.0.
You can double check that from the photos on the product here: https://penonaudio.com/magaosi-k5.html
To be honest, I will definitely opt for these. Mainly because of the price. Going by the reviews some would even place them in the same category as a SHURE SE535 which in my book is high praise for something that costs more than two times less than the SHUREs.
What the reviews do confirm though is that there is a drop in the sub-bass region. Something a lot of people would be thrown off by. So, this is something to keep in mind.
Another thing to take into account is that these IEMs seem to be a little more forward in the mid-range. Something that may make them too bright to certain listeners. That may or may not be something you could tune in your music apps but it is still a driver characteristic so I would assume they would be a little bright whatever you try.
In any case, these seem like a very good IEM for the price. The cables are an upgrade. I for one hope that I will not have to throw them away. For the standard one, I think I have seen it on AliExpress for around 30 bucks. Hope it is good enough. If not, I have a replacement I could use. Definitely something to keep in mind when buying these. You might find yourself searching for a cable if you don't have another one lying around.
They also do note that a huge plus is these are very comfortable to wear with a ton of tips to play with. For me, this is a huge plus because I often find it hard to get a comfortable fit with most IEMs.
Also, the sound stage, albeit a little undefined (as explained by some) will come as a huge improvement for most listeners. If you are not one of those that already have an SE535 or similar grade IEM, you will most certainly find these as a step up from your current ones.
I am opting in on this one. The bluetooth cable is something I regard as a huge plus so regardless of certain sound impurities compared to higher grade IEMs, these would be a nice addition to my list of cans/monitors. :)
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To be honest with you the reviews are split in the middle. Some say that there are still some issues with the base cable. Others do not.
What I can confirm is that replacing it with a base SHURE replacement cable fixes the problem everyone that tried it. You can find it for relatively cheap prices at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Shure-EAC64CL-Detachable-Earphone-Earphones/dp/B0046HADYG/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1521658821&sr=8-4&keywords=shure+replacement+cable
You might be able to score a better deal if you try and find one on ebay. In the end, it's just a cable. So long as someone was not using it to tie his school bag or anything extreme like that, they should do the trick just fine.
Also worth pointing out that one can try and invest in some good cables. However, spoiler alert, the really good ones cost more than the IEMs themselves! If you're that type of guy for whom money is no object, I'd ask why the hell would you consider these IEMs if you can just buy SE846 or a custom IEM tailored specifically to your ear shape and preferred sound signature?! :D
Anyways, there are MMCX silver cables out there for cheaper prices ranging from 30 to 90 bucks. Whether they are any good, I can't say. Never tried them before.
From what I read, these seem to be extremely sensitive IEMs. Some say they are an "unfinished" product because of the hiss. Some people tend to not notice it at all. If you listen to MP3 grade tracks on a streaming platform like Spotify or Deezer, you shouldn't have a problem with the hiss.
What is strange to me about the hiss is that I do not believe it is related to track quality. Logic would stand to tell that the more information/kbps a track has, the less sound imperfections/noise is there. So if you listen to quality FLACs, the experience should be substantially better.
What I do think is the case here is the voltage these monitors can take. I read this one comment on just-hifi: I think the IEM itself is hyper-sensitive and very susceptible to issues depending on the pairing. I found the smartphone or Cayin N3 to work best with it as the Fiio X5 and the Xduoo X10 both introduced an audible hiss regardless of cable used. I didn't notice any hiss with the BT module but only used it with the Cayin and the phone that didn't produce it with the wired cable so hard for me to say if it was a source issue since neither of the sources that produced hiss had BT to test it against. I remember something awhile back that showed that Cayin's line out setting (which matches the High Gain at volume 86 when using the headphone jack) is only 1 volt as opposed to the normal 2 volt output of most line out jack in other DAPs. If that is the case, that may be why the Cayin N3 pairs well with the K5 as it has a much lower output voltage than some of the other DAPs and amps that produced poor results. "
Soooo, it will vary depending on the device you are using. I personally use an X-DUOO XD-05 DAC/AMP with a Burson Audio V5i-D OP-AMP replacement in it for portable use and a HiFiMan EF-2A desk DAC/AMP. So I will test on the two. One is a solid state amp and the other is a tube AMP so that will help me test on both.
These look nice, but not much of a discount from the AliExpress and I can't find a lot of reviews for these. Anyone own these that can give some insight?
COCustom
From the Chinese reviews it's divided between people who say that it sounds great, and people that says it has issues where the sound-stage is weird, vocal too forward instruments way in the back, the driver sounds are not well meshed, etc. Overall I can't tell if these are good or bad based on reviews alone, but I feel like those that say it's bad are a lot more specific in what was wrong with it than those that say it's good, and doesn't give much detail on why it's good.
Summary of this pair of iems is generally something like: Better bass than the K3 version, only slightly though. Better clarity than the K3 version, but only slightly. Soundstage is "wide" but some say it feels out of place. Some say the drivers aren't tuned well or at all. Others say the 5 drivers' sound are not meshed well.
Is this the 2.0 version? With the upgraded cable?
Howdies
No it’s not the 2.0, but sound is good plus decent details
What's the BT battery life with the included cable?
1 thing's for sure, they look absolutely stunning!
LaBoomz
They really do. I'm a sucker for any IEM in a clear shell. The Shure 846 still has some of the best looking guts for an IEM.
jaydunndiddit
It is a joy to see BA drivers inside IEM.