Another Leap Forward
Based on the success of the current flagship RS10, Softears reconsidered some key concepts of the original design. Even though the RS10 holds its ground as a reference in-ear monitor, its complex crossover system makes it hard to drive. With the RS5 Softears have created an avant-garde BA in-ear monitor that has a higher efficiency and is easier to drive – at a lower cost!
After one and a half years of dedicated research, Softears finally unveiled the all-new RS5, a 5 BA driver with similar reference sound performance as the RS10. Not only does it provide “Reference Sound”, but the new driver configuration and crossover network make the RS5 easy to drive. It can produce great dynamics even from a conventional source like a smartphone.
The RS5 is unique in the Reference Sound line-up, not only because of its high efficiency, but also its capability to reproduce great dynamics like they are required from modern recordings.
Satin Carbon & Gold Foil
The importance of an earphone is not only its sound. With the RS5 Softears bring trusted experience and modern technology together. This is represented by the combination of carbon fiber fragments with gold foil – a liaison of a cutting-edge material with a valuable metal. Every pair of RS5 receives a unique faceplate by their skilled designers. This handcrafted process makes the RS5 a piece of art on top of a set of reference earphones.
Optimized 3-WAY Crossover for 5 BA Drivers
Great sound has high design requirements. The RS5 successfully combines acoustical filters with complex crossovers to have the BA drivers unfold excellent dynamics under the requirement of a near-perfect frequency response and near-linear phase. This is a rare and truly remarkable feat in audio engineering.
Utilizing acoustical filters and crossovers, the RS5 delivers astonishing audio performance. The crossover consists of a 3rd order LRC filter for bass, an impedance + low pass for the midrange, as well as a film capacitor for the high frequencies, totaling in 6 components to properly divide the signal to the 5 drivers per earpiece.
Hear the Truth
Another important aspect of the crossover system is the phase response. Most of the multi-driver designs on the market cannot achieve phase consistency, obstructing the timbre and imaging. The RS5 ensures a high consistency of phase across the audible spectrum, creating smooth transitions between drivers and an highly accurate soundstage.
The RS5 not only achieves accurate imaging and an excellent soundstage, but it also has very low distortion. This allows the tones to be reproduced perfectly, preserving their fullness and high dynamics.
"I will not cut around the chase: The Softears RSV is one of the best-tuned IEM I have ever come across." - Klaus Eulenbach
"The ability to combine in oneself both the monitor and the "musical" manner is simply mesmerizing." - Hans Barbarossa, Audio-Ph.ru
"I simply can not find any weakness in the sound of the RSV." - Berkhan, Headfonia
"I would go so far as to say this is one of the safest IEMs that $700 can currently buy. Recommended." - Precogvision, Headphones.com
"The RSV simply feels like the most complete package that would be difficult not to justify if within your budget." - Ryan Soo, Everyday Listening
"I have never heard any other IEM as accurate and neutral like studio monitors as the RSV." - Markus Büchner, Kopfbox
"The timbral coloration is beautifully euphonic, delivering an intoxicating sound signature that is very easy to listen to." - Marcus, Headfonics