Excerpt: When you think of German companies, what are some of the first things that come to mind? The terms that cross my mind are precision manufacturing, innovation, and sleek design—three phrases that couldn’t be any more accurate in describing the German firm Sennheiser and their approach to audio. What specifically calls these thoughts to mind are the firm’s flagship IE 80 earphones ($449.95) and the brilliant sound that they produce.
Excerpt: Expensive in-ear headphones need to deliver performance on a par with over-ear models and be rugged enough for your commute. Sennheiser give it their all with the IE 80s but is that good enough to make it into our list of the best headphones around?
Excerpt: The last thing you'd expect to take to a pair of headphones is a screwdriver, but Sennheiser actively encourages you to tinker with its iE80 in-ears. Within each of the housings is a small screw: turn it clockwise to dial in more bass, or the other way for a more neutral sound. We got the best balance with a quarter-turn clockwise.
Pros: Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Quality finish, selection of accessories, open presentation, exceptionally detailed sound, adjustable bass delivery works well
Excerpt: We like music. We like it even more when it is beamed to our ear-holes via super high end headphones. Until recently our set of Atomic Floyd SuperDarts have remained our go to kit for music listening. Sennheiser thinks they can replace them with the IE80s, the company’s top end set of in-ear audiophile headphones. Before we even get started on the IE80 review a crucial point needs to be made.
Summary: We were rather fond of the old Sennheiser IE 8 in-ears . Massively comfortable, well made and deeply, adjustably bassy, they were great for fluid tunes on a long commute. But it's possible they were just a touch too smooth, which could take some of the kick out of pumping tracks. Good, then, that Sennhiser has made some tweaks for its new IE 80 buds. They're just as comfy, bassy and well-crafted but they're also punchier, clearer and better balanced.