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QT5

REVONEXT

Rating

Price

7.6

28 €

Review published:

03/2019

Driver

2

per Side

1

Dynamic

1

Balanced

Impedance

22 Ohm

Piezo

0

Sound

8

Bass

7

Mids

7.5

Trebles

Sensitivity

105 dB

7.5

Handling

8.5

Haptic

B

Value

0

Daily Life

Frequency

20 - 40000 Hz

Intro

The QT5 is already the 8th REVONEXT model. Their first work, the QT2, was a complete success and still enjoys a wide fan base. After that it became a bit quieter again, because the successor (QT3) could not continue the success and also the other models were not bad, but also no high flyers. The QT3s is an exception because REVONEXT reacted to the critics and reworked the QT3 once again.
The QT5 should now lead the company back on the road to success. REVONEXT follows a new approach and doesn't try to impress with many drivers, but rather with a finely tuned hybrid (1*DD & 1*BA).

Handling

With the QT5, REVONEXT remains true to its QT-series when it comes to material selection. The QT5 is available in a classic silver look or in copper. The QT5 is made of metal and looks very stable. In contrast to its predecessors, the QT5 has more curves and a more compact design.

The cable is the same as the updated versions of the predecessors and the RX8s. It serves its purpose, but I find it a bit fiddly and it doesn't seem as robust as KZ's cables, which aren't the high flyers either. There's still air to the top!

The insulation is good, but you shouldn't expect a complete hearing vacuum.
In terms of wearing comfort, there's nothing to criticize about the in-ear. However, the slight reinforcement on the cable bends a bit too early for me personally, as it seems to be designed for smaller ears. This doesn't really restrict, but the cable doesn't lie optimally above the ear.

Sound

Meanwhile I would like to say that I would pass the blind test when it comes to guessing if I have an in-ear of REVONEXT in my ear. You can consider it a trademark of the company, or you can interpret it as a lack of willingness to take risks, because they try to get as much out of it as possible with the existing options regarding driver configuration and drivers. I would also assume that there are no other drivers in the QT5 than in its predecessors, but still there is a small but fine change in the sound compared to the other QT models. REVONEXT doesn't reinvent itself here, but it is still a successful tuning.

The bass of the QT5 is one of the biggest changes. It's not as prominent and voluminous as we've come to love it from the QT2, but appears thinner, tighter and more linear, with faster rolling off in the sub range. It no longer develops the pressure of its predecessors, which will perhaps make some of you a little melancholy, but tries to convince much more with structure and precision. One could almost think that a BA driver is responsible for the bass, as it does its job very quickly.
So REVONEXT takes a new direction in the tuning, which makes the QT5 a very balanced in-ear and will appeal to more audiophiles. The detail and accuracy are really impressive, even if it prefers to be in the mid-bass. It also delivers sub bass, but it lacks some power and expansion.

The mids are cooler than we're used to and don't have the volume they used to have with the more accentuated bass. Still, I wouldn't call them thin. Rather more serene, flat and sensitive than usual with REVONEXT (QT). Personally I have to cut back here, because music styles like rock with crashing guitars, or fat synths don't radiate so much liveliness anymore and the fun is a bit left behind, but they convince again with a really remarkable separation and also with a very exact and detailed reproduction of the musical contents. Here again the gourmets are more in demand, who are more interested in nuances than dirty punk in life 😉

The highs have drawn me back into their spell. Sometimes I wasn't sure if it was really a hidden detail in my music, or if the driver was playing a trick on me and just misrepresenting little things. But I came to the conclusion that it was really a very sensible and sensitive BA driver, resp. this time it was tuned really well. Some things can be found which I could only detect with more expensive models like the Kanas Pro or the BGVP DMG. But the QT5 also has a small REVONEXT disease and these are the sibilants. These are not strongly amplified, so that it becomes unpleasant, or simply frustrating, but they appear again and again. I have to admit that I don't think much of burn-in, but after a while the entire sound of the QT5 smoothes out and the problem of sibilants becomes secondary. Here you're on a par with the QT2. However, the QT5's highs are airier with the larger expansion.

A big plus for the QT5 is its stage. In the price segment, the QT5 is clearly above average and convinces with a broad sound image. The small details that pop up everywhere in the head are really entertaining, which can of course also be attributed to the very good separation. However, "weaknesses" are noticeable with bad source material, as the QT5 relentlessly uncovers in the upper range and overloaded music appears compressed (keyword rock).

Outro

The QT5 is not a typical REVONEXT, although you can hear from which family it comes. He tries to stand a little on his own feet and he succeeds quite well, because he doesn't let himself be restricted by the bass and the trebles want to go high, which they succeed. He's closest to the RX8 in the tuning.

But it's a bit too flat for me, especially in the mids, where it's fast and brings a certain spritziness, but can't fill every music with life. REVONEXT, after the RX8, is again aimed more at people who are looking for a balanced signature and are not looking for their musical happiness in powerful lows and warm, as well as energetic mids, but rather value the fine tones. The QT5 masters these tones with ease.

If you write "Chi-Fiear" in the comment when ordering and then cancel it when paying, you get the QT5 for 17€, which is a very good deal for the performance.

Legend

Haptic:

Here the processing plays a role and the usability of the scope of supply. Additionally the appearance, wearing comfort and robustness.


Value:
Here I evaluate for me subjectively the price/performance ratio - does not flow into the evaluation!

Z: No Brainer

A: money well spent

B: all right, you can do

C: gives better for less money

D: overpriced

E: collector's price

Daily life:
Here, I focus on the long-term audibility and whether I can hear it well out of the box. This is of course very subjective and therefore only a minimal deduction or bonus. 

(-0.1, 0, +0.1)

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Rating in Letters

S: 9.5 - 10

A: 9.0 - 9.4​

B: 8.0 - 8.9​

C: 7.0 - 7.9

D: 6.0 - 6.9​
E: 5.0 - 5.9​

F: 0.0 - 4.9​

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