Chord & Major 5'14 World Earphone Review by Justin Miner, Head-Fi.com

December 15, 2015

Immerse Yourself in the Sound of the World

Introducing Chord & Major’s newest product: the 5’14 World earphone.

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Description:

World Music Tonal Earphones: Major 5’14

Frequency Response: 20-20,000 Hz

Sensitivity: 100dB at 1KHz 1mW

Normal Impedance: 20Ω

Input connectivity: 3.5mm stereo plug

Cable Length: 1.2m

Packaging

It’s immediately obvious that Chord & Major spent a great deal of time on their packaging. The look and feel are stimulating, even before you listen to the 5’14 Worlds. The carrying case itself is made of real, high-quality wood. Inside you will find all the accessories, neatly packed and well organized.

Accessories

Inside the beautiful wood box you will find:

  • Extra sets of ear tips
  • A cleaning tool
  • A small carrying pouch
  • An earphone wrap card

Like the packaging, all of the accessories are well-designed and well thought out. Three different sizes of ear tips are included, and the small cleaning tool is great for getting to those hard-to-reach areas. The carrying pouch is soft, and it looks great. The earphone card is easy to use—a great way to keep your earphones safely wrapped up.

Build

All you have to do is look at the metal strain relief to get an idea how well these are built. Not only does it look great, but it also provides protection to the cord and weight of the earphone. The cable is a tad on the thinner side, but thanks to the rubber coating, it feels nice and strong. The housing itself feels so amazing in the hand, it is hard to describe—you have to try them for yourself. It is a wonderfully executed design and finish by Chord & Major.

Fit

I thought there might be an issue with fit, as these are among the heavier earphones I have ever used. But no, they fit just fine. If anything, the large metal strain relief protectors are great for grabbing on to when inserting them into your ears. Once in, I found that the 5’14 seated snugly in place.

Sound

Bass: This is the first thing I noticed. Wow—such deep control! Listening to some tribal drums I could almost feel it in my chest, like I was there. It is truly remarkable that C&M could tune the 5’14 to punch down low like that with zero distortion. That said, these are far from bass-heavy…just bass clear.
 Mids: I would not refer to these as neutral, yet the music comes through naturally and purely. What really impresses me about the mids is the velocity of the instrument separation. These are quick little IEMs. They seem to handle whatever you throw at them. The mids display a slight warmth that makes you feel all happy and cozy—but at the same, they never brush off any detail. The 5’14 World is neither forward or recessed with vocals: rather they are cosmic and focused.
 Highs: The overall warmth present in the mids creeps into the upper range. This is a welcome friend, as it is what helps to conclude the natural sound signature that the 5’14 provides.

Soundstage: For an IEM, these portray a wide sense of space and distance, which is amazing with harmonized vocals. You will be immersed in a world of tonal sensations. There is also a presence of air that very much gives the 5’14 Worlds a live feel.

Comparison to the Jazz 7

All Chord & Major IEMs have a universal design: they all look identical apart from their color schemes. The real magic comes with the tuning. How can they get each to sound so different than the next? There are now five models: Rock, Jazz, Classical, Ballad, and World. I have the Jazz 7 to compare with the World 5. The great thing about Chord & Major is they have something for everyone. Just listen and choose what fits your tastes best.  I found the Jazz to be wonderful in the mids—the best for vocals—and the World 5, with its thick tones, to be better with drums and percussion. Which do I like more? Well I guess that depends on what I’m in the mood for today!
 

Overall Thoughts

The Chord & Major 5’14 World earphones make you feel special from the moment you open the beautiful wooden box. That feeling continues as you immerse yourself in the World sound they produce. Thick, meaty notes billow out of the earphones—really pleasing to the ears. It is hard to find a product that excels at both form and function: the 5’14 is that rare breed that is a pleasure both to the eyes and ears.  

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