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I bought these and was disappointed with the overall build and quality. I think that the mee audio M6 pros I bought was a way better buy.
If anyone's curious about E5 comparisons to Shure 215, I like the livelier sound of the E5. Deeper bass, crisp highs. More V shaped sound in the E5. They are a bit bright, perhaps too bright for some people but I think it decreases a bit with age/burn in time. The only outstanding issue I have is the fit. Since they are metal they are heavy so you'll want to get them well seated in the ear and try the various included tips for the best fit or get aftermarket tips. The other thing is the two pin cables are a challenge to find with a mic. I like having the inline controls on the cable. Sites have them but it would be nice if someplace like amazon had a selection for quick delivery & swift returns if they aren't right for you. Overall a very good value.
got my Exclusive 5 on Saturday and i am using it for first time today at work... and it sounds great! BUT! right ear bud is making buzzing noise... i emailed Massdrop Support team but still no respond. can you please help me to get replacement? i tried it on left ear cable and still making buzzing noise...
Anybody able to contact TFZ at all?
At 61 bucks shipped, I think it's worth joining to try out the Exclusive 5
Asharus
Indeed, I was considering the Exclusive 3 but my OCD forced me to stay away from the missmatched Red->Left/Blue->Right coloring, so I had to get the E5. They're great, true bass cannons but with present mids and detailed highs.
my cable shorted after owning these for three or four months and it's very difficult to find a replacement, tfz doesn't seem to sell them. i found one on amazon made for kz headphones but they don't fit perfectly and the e5s fall out regularly. id stay away without a usable warranty
It's been about a month with Exclusive 5's and I haven't had any issues yet. They have a really good warm sound signature, which I prefer over "balanced." I've been using them as my everyday carry's and they're a big step up over the TFZ Series 2 I also got through Massdrop - they had started developing cable issues after a month or so but the cable seems of higher quality that came with the Exclusive 5's. I also have the Ostry KC07's and I can hear all the same things with both models, the Exclusive's are just more balanced to the lower end of the frequency spectrum. As long as they don't break (like I've been seeing in these comments and as I've experienced with the TFZ Series 2) then I'd say they're definitely worth the price, but be wary.
Based on build quality, these iems are not "worth it". Yes, Massdrop honored their Warranty and offered credit, but I ordered three Exclusive 5's and 2 out of 3 had issues. Think of the worst buds in the World and tell me if any have failure rates so high.
The right driver of one pair buzzed within a week. I got credit for that pair.
The second pair's cables got wrecked while another pair worked fine. Both were used lightly. Because the warranty was out, I had to salavage to cables from buzzing headphones to make 2 working headphones out of 3. But if these headphones went out to 3 different addresses, 2 out of 3 recepients are screwed.
The working headphones are nice with certain daps... but I can't think of any other consumer product in 2018 that is essentially a basket of lemons.
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Hence when the second one broke, I used it for parts.
Hellodrop
OMG~ my right ear bud is making buzzing noise. i am using it for first time at work...
i really like the sound but questing TFZ Build Quality...
contacted Massdrop. still no answer yet. waiting waiting waiting....
Anyone know how to use the tfz warranty? I can't figure it out. A majority of their stuff is Chinese and massdrop won't help.
There's a card in the box that says warranty card but it doesn't say what it does or how to use it.
How do the Exclusive 5s compare to the ibasso IT01 and Fiio FH1? I really like the way the 5s look.
may I ask,are the exclusive series 1 good for opera? I also wonder if they're suitable for high pitches and are good in terms of bass as I'm in a budget,thank you
How do these relate in compariison to the KZ ZS6?
e.b.parsons
I own the KZ ZS5 v1 and TFZ Exclusive 5, so they're not exactly the same, but here's my two cents:
Both are v-shaped, but the TFZ E5 are more bass-focused while the KZ ZS5 have more treble. Soundstage on ZS5 is huge, on E5 is average. Bass and specially sub-bass are much deeper and stronger on the E5, these are truly bass cannons (bassheads delight). Mids on both are slightly recessed, but even more on the E5, but on the other hand the E5 have less sibilance. Highs are stronger and better on the ZS5, but somewhat piercing; on the E5 highs are bright too, but weaker.
Build quality is a clear win for the E5, aluminium housings and stock braided cable are way better than cheap housings & cables found on the ZS5. Comfort is also a big win for the E5, they're one of the most (if not THE most) comfortable IEM's I own (and I have around 20-30 pairs, most chi-fi budget), YMMV but I bet most people won't find the ZS5 housings comfortable (those sharp edges hurt my ears after a few minutes). The E5 are heavy, but sit comfortably on my ears and I can completely forget about them.
Price performance, ZS5 are the big deal, hands down. Also note that the actual version of the ZS5 you can buy are the v2, I read they have even more treble because they moved one of the BA drivers, so if you're treble sensitive and/or plan to listen to them for hours maybe you should skip the ZS5 and go for the slightly less piercing ZS6. Quick suggestion: buy some foam tips to replace the crappy stock tips on the ZS5/ZS6, they'll improve comfort, seal (better seal = better bass), and also tame the highs a little; a better reaplacement cable is also welcome, for less tangling, less microphonics and better comfort (the stock memory wire is pretty bad IMO).
Final note: did you read about the ZS10? I bought them on pre-release, mine came with wrong polarity (easy fix, connecting one of the wires in the opposite way), and they have a pretty interesting sound. Maybe they're worth the extra bucks, I have to listen to them for a while longer to tell by myself, but I can tell you they're good and way more comfy (for me & my big ear canals) than the ZS5.
So looks like the drop is delayed... I'm waiting on the drop for the king pros to ship too, should I cancel my exclusive 5 order?
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Just to update my "story"...
March 21st it arrives Picked it up at the post office March 22 (today)...
so the whole shebang took almost 2 months from date of order...
Will give this a listen and see if the almost-60-days-waiting-period was worth it ;)
I already have the series 5 and 5s which I both love so I hope this doesn't disappoint.
NielJM
Mine arrived on the 15th and I've been enjoying them although the mids can feel a bit muddy and low ends drop off without a proper seal. I'm glad I had some comply tips, but might need to experiment, the default tips were not great. I have also ordered a replacement cable from the venture cable drop to see if that makes a difference with the muddiness.
Vocals are a really unexpected treat on these iems they shine nicely.
They are quite heavy obviously as they're made of metal but build quality is solid. And can be easily driven by my lg v30. Have not tried them with my geekout v2 infinity plus yet but will likely do that soon.
I managed to wear out the cable on my TFZ Exclusive 5's, and though it's not drastic yet, it's clearly not going to get better. Does anyone know of a cable I can buy as a replacement?
Really would appreciate it. I've made a complain to the support but I don't see them helping.
Heliosiah
Something like this should work:
https://smile.amazon.com/NICEHCK-KZ-Dedicated-Upgraded-Upgrade/dp/B073S4RD1C/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1520253885&sr=8-3&keywords=0.78mm+2+pin+cable
Basically, you're looking for any 2-pin 0.78mm IEM cable (according to the specs listed here).
silverthornne
i got these, just for anyone else to know. the sound quality on these cables is really nice, but the production quality isnt as nice. My right headphone connection doesn't like to stay in place, which needless to say is a pain in the ass. I think that the cover design for these is a little long, so maybe ill have to physically cut it off for them to stay put. as cheap as it is, i guess ill live.
Hey, I wanted to put my input here because I bought these a few months ago. Recently as in these past few weeks my left IEM has started buzzing when getting into the lower ranges (ie bass) and it completely ruins the experience of music. I'll have to buy something else so please understand what you're buying -- Another note: This drop has NO warranty so after the 30 days you are on your own!
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Josie
YES YES YES. Not happy at all. Was initially happy with the sound quality, but the left one is all buzzy just like you are describing. Of course...no help on this one. Very unpleased...not with the product but with the lack of post-purchase service.
Yes and they said I'm Shit Out of Luck. After 30 days you're on your own.
darn i missed the drop =.=
I need a cable with mic for the exclusive 5's. any suggestions?
preacherman
Yes please!
I have a compare question regarding the Exclusive 5's and the Nuforce EDC IEM's. I already own the EDC IEM's, so is it really worth it for me to get the Exclusive 5's? Which one sounds better, to put it bluntly?
I've been saving up for a pair of the Nuforce HEM 2's or 4's for their BA Drivers, (found the Red HEM 2 brand new for $100/Shipped online and a used pair of the HEM 4 in good condition on eBay for $115 FWIW), mainly because I love that EDC sound, which is very clean and detailed IMO!
And on top of that, I have accessories from 2x EDC IEM's packages since I had a busted right IEM on my original pair, and Massdrop sent me a new package of the EDC's without sending the busted pair back to them, so kudos again to Massdrop 👍), and I wanted to take advantage of all of the Nuforce accessories that I now have and can use on their EDC/Dynamic IEM's and the whole HEM lineup, like that braided cable without the mic!
So if anyone has experience with both the EDC IEM's AND the TFZ Exclusive 5's, I'd love to hear from you 🎧 Should I grab another pair of $60 IEM's, or just save up for some nicer BA Drivers? I was also looking at Westone BA IEM's, but I'm kinda scared to use the MMCX connector's because of all the bad reviews I've read about those connector's online!
BTW, I'm mostly listening to HQ audience Recordings of shows/concerts that I make myself with HQ mics, cables, preamps and recorders. So ideally I want some IEM's that have a good balance throughout the spectrum (Lows>mids>highs) and a pretty neutral sound, yet still be musical sounding as well, with a good low-end Extension that decays quickly and isn't beats by Dre bass heavy😉!
My listening setup is as follows:
Sony Walkman NW-A35>Custom Right Angle 1/8" cable>FiiO E11K HP Amp>Nuforce EDC IEM's/Monster iSport Victory earbuds>Comply Isolation+ tips on both IEM's!
Thanks in advance for any help you can give me 😎😇
Brandon Bean Fisher
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Thanks for the info bro, much appreciated!
I've looked over the T2 pretty good, and I just have one question! Do you know which size eartips that the T2's are? I will only use Comply tips with Waxguard at this point in my life, and I can't find any info on the size of the T2 ear nozzle? My ears are a very strange design, in that the opening of my ear canal is huge (and my right ear is bigger than my left, at least with regards to the opening and ear canal), but the ear canal itself is very small! So I NEED Large size Comply tips. That's probably why NO silicone tips have EVER properly sealed my ears, and the reason I must use Comply tips from now on, FWIW 😎👍🎧 Since using the Comply tips, my EDC and iSport Victory IEM's/earbuds are a night and day difference compared to the POS silicone tips, with much better clarity and resolution and bass response!
So if you or anyone else knows which size the nozzle is of the T2, I'd really appreciate it! My Nuforce EDC IEM's are a size 100 (also the smallest size of any IEM's to my knowledge), and they are absolutely perfect for my ear canals! My Monster iSport Victory earbuds are a size 200, and even that is a bit big for my ears! Even with the isolation+ and comfort+ Comply tips, the 200's are almost too big! So I'd love to stay around a 100 size nozzle if possible! That's just another reason I love the Westone's too, because they're a size 100 just like my EDC IEM's are!
I was really interested in the FiiO F9/F9 Pro's, until I looked on the Comply website and noticed that they have massive size 500 tips. So without wasting my money on those, I can pretty much guarantee that they WON'T work for my ears! Which is a shame because they're hybrids, and have 2x BA Drivers, and 1x dynamic Driver, so those hybrids have me intrigued as hell too, since they're pretty much the best of both worlds!!!
And I'm still not sure what to buy honestly??? Not sure if I want to get the Nuforce HEM 2 QUICKLY, or wait until the next Nuforce Primo 8 drop for $150 for quad BA Drivers per ear, but have to wait a few months to get them? Or just buy another pair of $50 IEM's (T2's) and settle for a 3rd pair of dynamic drivers? Not knowing the T2 nozzle size, them being another pair of dynamic drivers, AND reading on Penon Audio that you have to MOD them and cover the one vent holes, to experience the low-end that they're loved for, has me looking at other options right now!
In the end, I might just save up for the Nuforce Primo 8's, which are quad BA Drivers, and just be done with it! I really don't need more than 3x pairs of IEM's, so I just want to make sure that whatever I get next, I'm going to LOVE 😉 Or I can just save up around $200 and buy the Primo 8 whenever I want to on eBay, since there seems to be an abundance of them on there brand new still sealed, for around $200 Exactly!
Sorry for the super long post too. I'm just really confused on which step i want to take next, and I want to make sure that whatever I end up buying, is frickin AWESOME and really reveals the little nuances of my HQ Recordings!
BTW, Here's a link to my last Recording that I made on NYE (with Schoeps mics and Cables and a new SD Mixpre6 recorder) 😎😀
https://archive.org/details/lotus2017-12-31.mk4.60v-pfa.mixpre6.bean.flac2496
FOBean
Hey, let's go step by step: - the Tin Audio T2 come with memory foam tips, Comply-like quality (I've bought some Comply tips in the past). The nozzle is 6mm wide according to Igor from Audiobudget (https://audiobudget.com/product/TINAudio/T2), if that's useful for you. The included tips are very similar in size than those I used on the Dunu Titan 1, not fully sure since I don't have both here to compare. - Price is usually not strictly related to "liking" in the audio world, since audio is subjective and not everybody likes the same thing. So since you really want something that seems to be exactly what the T2 is, a very balanced IEM, I suggest you to get it, and given the price tag it's a low risk - high reward investment, worst case scenario you wasted under $50 on a solid IEM that you'll probably be able to sell online (or give away to some friend, whatever). - I've been hearing your recording, cool sound! Good job :)
I'm struggling with these earbuds because I love the way they sound but they just don't hold up. I ordered 1 pair last year and right out of the box one ear was blown one ear was good. I sent them back. The next drop came around and I got a pair and they were great. I bought another pair as a backup and for stage use. They arrived December 2 and by January 29 the right driver is blown. What's a guy to do?
Probably a stupid question, but is the filter on these a grill or just a little piece of paper that can be lost?
silverthornne
The E5 has a metallic grille and it looks like the same on the 1 and 3. If they're attached like the s5, You can pry them off with a needle but I haven't heard of them falling off easily on their own....
I have some HiSound Wooduo earbuds that are failing on me, anyone familiar with them know if these would be a good replacement for the Wooduo's?
silverthornne
Sorry for my bad english. I also had wooduo 2. ex5 have a deeper and better quality bass and tall ones are more pronounced, also better detail, but vocals and averages are slightly worse than wooduo's. After 150 hours of burning, I'm very pleased with the purchase. 50-70 $ very good price for them
West777
That's awesome! Thank you very much for the comparison!
Does anyone know how the Exclusive 5 bass compares to the Series 5S? Or are any of the Exclusive series for bassheads? Thanks in advance.
SodaPopinski84
The exclusive 5 has very similar bass to the 5s. I have both. Overall, the E5 sounds like a little bit more refined series 5/5s.
If you can EQ and want an upgrade, I'm really enjoying the king pro. Also have heard the my love 2 is very good if you want to spend about this amount and want bass but better staging and a slightly different tuning.
search
They’re here.
Received a shipping notice today. e5s are on their way.
In for a pair of e5's and want to know if some comply tips would make any difference. If so, what size? Can’t get much help from the Comply site as the tfz brand doesn’t show. Thanks
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Stuck in your ear! What a nightmare. On a different question; will different style, size and material effect the sound of the music? I tried the T500 with the beats II and they sound a bit muffled. Just a bit though. Also doe the 500 in T500 represent 5mm?
oldnoob
Yeah, they will, generally the more dense the foam the more it will isolate, increase/trap bass and cut/absorb highs. Also, just because they isolate better, they will seem louder at lower volumes (a very good thing if you listen too loud like me) which can make you hear them more naturally.
Personally I find the difference to be pretty subtle if you get a good seal with whatever tip your using, and with memory foam I usually try to get as large of tips as I can get in my ear with out blocking the opening.
I am not sure if the 500 stands for mm, especially since 200 being 2mm would definitely not fit on e5s as reported. Some of the knockoff brands do copy that 500 number and are, in fact, geared towards 5mm tips so.... Maybe?. I believe the actual opening on the top may be 4.5 mm on generic (znari t500).
I actually had the TFZ series 3 before but I've just lost them :( .
They had a slightly angled connector which I liked and its the one thing thats setting me back from getting the Exclusive 5s, which is the fat and straight connector.... I always prefer to have small angled connectors. They're less susceptible to bending and sustaining damage when connected to a phone in my pocket. Is it easy to find replacement cables of old quality?
Im really keen but that connector.. ugh
Artfart
Did you like them?
oldnoob
Yes I liked them alot. Very good for the price. Not the most comfortable but with the right buds they fit fine.
Silly question I am sure, are these Bluetooth? Can I use them without plugging the 3.5mm into a device?
KenDeWittII
No they are not Bluetooth. Plug-in only.
KenDeWittII
If you buy this: https://www.massdrop.com/buy/plus-sound-bluetooth-cables (or something similar) in addition to these IEMs it will make them bluetooth enabled. Just make sure you buy the correct connector option, which would be "0.78mm / 2-Pin / CIEM" in this case.
To those who have dealt with such things with Massdrop. What happens when an earpiece malfunctions in 3 weeks? Would prefer to get these fixed instead of returning.
The 5's pop out of the box looking and feeling like a pair of marbles but they lock into your ears without much fuss. The combination of the ear loop and its own weight is a perfect combination for my ear shape. I have a habit for lightly tapping iem's to check for seal and while the 5's instantly fit, there is a mechanical clipping noise every time I do this. (Not a factor at any other time) And the only thing that fastens the 2 - pin connectors to the shells are the 2 - pin connectors. These are brand new, and after a week of light usage, I can see a gap and exposed pins at the connection. I pushed them back... but how loose will this connection this be in one year?
Probably needs some burn-in but the treble seems a bit tight out of the box. The volume is there, but it's almost as if the drummer taped a tiny cotton ball on smaller crashes and splashes. (I think some people prefer this) Other than that, a nice sound for meaty horns and bassier strings with good seperation. Offers plenty of that beefy backbone for baritone sax, contrabass, trombones, etc... Would be nice have some sparkle on the other end for balance but at these prices, who is complaining? More of a bass forward slide than a V shape. My first massdrop purchase. Picked up three different colored 5's for a family of four figuring one person might give theirs up... not happening.
I want to buy tfz exclusive 5. How much is it? What should I do to buy it? Does the price drop lower than 5pcs ? Please email me my reply. jiniposter@naver.com have a nice day~~