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.