Summary: My head gear background in short: CX-870, Cowon i10, ATH-M50, HD-650 (HK 3490), IE 80
I got the IE 80 few days ago after coming back to my old CX-870 (after a pleasurable winter of using my ATH-M50 as my on the move head gear) and noticing that their bass is, though strong enough, muddy and boomy...
Pros: Accuracy, clarity, strong and controlled bass, soundstage for IEMs
Cons: Absolutely requires a proper long burn-in, difficult carrying case
Summary: IE80 - High End Earphones
I think there's a point to where you draw the line for a Price Point, this goes over that boundary and breaks the rules of it's price, which is unfortunate.
I feel something in this asking price needs to meet some standards, Comfort, Unique Sound, & Build Flexibility.
Summary: I love these little beasts. I pair them with my goto player the Colorfly C3 (Hidden Gem) -
If you have a good source track these little iem's shine - the sound is pristine and crystal clear - They have a lovely wide soundstage way out of proportion to their size; The Bass is a little weak but the...
Pros: Massive Soundstage - crystal clear sound
Cons: Weak in Bass - though adjustable they are too heavy if pushed too high
Summary: Anyone aspiring to be an audiophile would have heard the name of these IEMs, they are one of the very best around and only a few are in the same league as this one.
The IE80 was released a few years ago, following the IE8 which was for a long time, the best that Sennheiser had to offer in this...
Pros: Amazing Sound Quality, Tunable Bass, Replaceable Cables, Great Micro-phonics, Excellent build quality, Looks, Value for Money, 2 Year Guarantee
Cons: The housing is a bit huge. If you seek isolation, the stock tips will not cut it for you.
Conclusion: £200 is a lot to spend on headphones, but these come with decent accessories, sound terrific and have customisation potential most headphones can only dream of. In short, we like them, a great deal.
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.