Excerpt: I’ve heard most of the world’s best in-ear headphones, and frankly, those custom-molded models fitted to my ear canal from the likes of JH Audio, Ultimate Ears, and Westone regularly trump the universal-fit models.
Summary: The IE800 are the best IEMs I have ever tried. This includes the Shure SE846 & 535, Audeo PFE232, AKG 3003, JH13 and JH16 and many others. I also prefer their sound to many full size cans like the beyerdynamic DT-880, T70, T90; Sennheiser Momentum, HD650; Shure SRH1840 etc.
Summary: Still burning-in, but I can already say they are by far the best sounding IEM's I've ever heard. Fantastically clear/clean through the mids and treble - tremendous detail resolution without things sounding harsh or clinical. Treble is precise, rich, coherent and extended.
Pros: FANTASTIC midrange quality. Very, very detailed without fatigue. Fun bass and extended high-end. Open sounding (for an IEM). Well built. Lightweight.
Cons: Cable microphonics. May sound bass-heavy to some. Expensive.
Summary: You can read tons of reviews actually discussing the audio aspects of this set, I'll just stick to saying the lows are unforgivably clear and they have a great soundstage for IEM's. They sound amazing!
Anyways, I mainly came to knock these down a peg - be sure these are for you before you buy!
Pros: Neutral mids, amazing clear lows, great highs! Great soundstage for such a small driver!
Cons: Where do I begin...they fall out, they don't fit, cord's too short, insane microphonics...never before have I heard my own heartbeat while resting.
Summary: Let me start with the good, and then explain why you should never buy this IEM.
Sound signature: The treble, mids and bass are sort of like that of an HD800, except downgraded. For example, one of the songs I use to test headphones is Michael Jackson's The Way You Make Me Feel.
Pros: Good spatial imaging for an IEM; good sound; very comfortable and easy to put on
Cons: barely isolates at all (!); line noise (!); chord too short; even the case is designed poorly
Summary: Bought at (Singapore) S$1140
This in ear is a marvel. I've auditioned quite a number of Balanced armatures and dynamic drivers in ears , and over time, I’ve come to love most of the dynamic drivers a lot , regardless of brand or price , dynamic drivers always seems to deliver a more organic...
Pros: Dynamic bass , coherency , comfort , featherweight , good soundstage and imaging.
Summary: After reading glowing reviews of both of these in ear monitors I was still unable to decide which one would be right for me so I bought both, first the Shure and a few weeks later the Sennheiser.
Pros: Amazing soundstage, incredible detail, deep impactful bass, very comfortable even for long periods, easy to drive, sound good even at low volume!
I will split the review in more parts, as a product at this price point and quality needs more words for each part. When someone invests this much money would like to know as much as possible. I will try, though to express what is not already expressed in other reviews.
Pros: The best sound for universal in ear monitors, very comfortable, pinpoint precision for everything, big soundstage, clear treble, has enough bass.
Summary: I'll keep this short cause I'm not good at writing reviews.
I just wanted to say that I have tried Shure 846 and I really did NOT like it. The sound from Shure is too condensed with not much soundstage (unlike its full sized cans which sound very nicely!
Pros: Amazing SQ, Excellent soundstage, comfortable to wear, small, light, built like a tank
Cons: Cable makes noise, cable is not replaceable, limited eartip selection
Summary: I'm not that much of an IEM guy. That said, I needed some IEMs as I sometimes travel. I wanted a good all-rounder, something with which I could listen to music on my phone and also play games on PS Vita.
I didn't want some "decent" IEMs though.
Pros: Amazing all around sound, superb bass, mids and treble, cool and modern design
Cons: Nothing for me. Non-detachable cable might bother some.