Headroom is not a popular brand, but it's unique in design and presentation and remains very budget-friendly. The M8 and MS16 were great options for different people. The S5 is an older model, and it is not as great. It's pretty aweful actually. The highs seem to be very similar to M8's highs, but everything else is so different that you won't be able to compare the two. The mids are so enflated and distroted that you can't possibly enjoy any music genre. This is quite sad, because the build quality is excellent for the price, and the rotatable strain relief attached to the housings is a great gimmick. The sound somewhat resembles a typical sound signature of earbuds.
Package & Accessories
Hard plastic (clear) + paperboard
Ear Tips - Single-Flange:
S+M+L, white (translucent), ø3.5mm bores
White, wide, generic
Ear wings, silicone, white (translucent)
Hook and loop fastener, generic
Build & Materials
Metal, ø4.5mm nozzles (ø3mm openings), soft strain reliefs (rotating)
Metal, stiff strain relief
Silicone-coated (smooth), 125cm, twisted, soft, bend-retaining
Metal, straight, short, stiff strain relief
Comfort & Fit
Those aren't ergonomic earphones, but I had absolutely no comfort issues with the pre-applied tips. Those tips are simple and look generic, but they do their job perfectly.
Lows / Bass
A lack of sub-bass along with bloated mid-bass and upper-bass/lower-mids darkens the sound and creates a certain distortion, as if the recordings were made in an echo chamber - loud but unclear, with a muddy echo effect.
Mids / Vocals
The worst aspect of these earphones is the mids. Vocals and instuments sound distorted and nasal. The substantial bump, starting from the mid-bass up to the mids, resulted in an extremely bloated midrange, so bloated that listening for a prolonged period could cause a headache. Such a bump is typical for earbuds, but is inappropriate for earphones.
Highs / Treble
The highs are quite crisp and not exaggerated. Sibilance is not an issue with these, but there seem to be some pierce instead, which makes certain sounds uncomfortable to listen to. Definitely not the most transparent treble out there, but also not the worst.
Reviewed on 2017-09-20 19:06:52 (UTC)