Summary: Just a few notes to qualify some of the ratings that would not be obvious: The highs are so strong (more than HD800 I think) that I can only give the IE800 a six. Soundstage seems OK to good for an IEM, but not unusual. Portability is good in the sense of size, but the carrycase design is fiddly. Sennheiser's isolation spec doesn't match my simple test with a music speaker playing from a few feet away.
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. I already own the JH Audio 16 Pro, Ultimate Ears Triple.fi 10 Pro, HiFi Man HE-500, Sennheiser HD 650, Shure SRH940 among others. My music files are all in FLAC format and I play them through an Astell & Kern AK120 and also used a Samsung Galaxy S4 for comparison purposes.
Pros: Amazing soundstage, incredible detail, deep impactful bass, very comfortable even for long periods, easy to drive, sound good even at low volume!
Summary: I like the IE 800. I like *uncomplicated* earphones, those you can easily insert without searching the perfect fit to quickly enjoy music. I'm a fan of the build quality and the nice leather pouch. The earphone sits hardly noticeable in the ear canal and the sound is airy and effortlessly reveals smallest details from its digital source. Yet the small housing blows out an incredibly strong bass that distracts but not overshadows. Sonic flaws can be reduced by low volume.
Pros: consumer oriented product, nice aesthetics
Cons: unfavorable sound tuning, weird and poor treble reproduction
Summary: Hello guys,
I have been reading about the IE800 for some time now. I heard people saying it is a mini HD800. That intrigued me, as I love the HD800.
I usually hate IEMs for their congested and bassy sound. I also hate sticking something inside my ears, but was curious about Sennheisers' new addition.
It seems I am a lucky man, as last week soundnews.ro asked me if I can write a review for them on their site.
Pros: Excellent well extended, tight and punchy bass, amazingly detailed mids, very detailed and sparkly treble without being bright. Good soundstage and positioning.
Summary: great clean sound at all volumes with a slight weakness in the mid region. easy to lose the buds and impossible to get replacements. it took over 2 weeks to be able to take them off while alone.
Summary: The IE800's are certainly a marvel of sound technology. I'll list the positives and negatives in my opinion. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Positives: Build quality is excellent from the ceramic casing and two tiny ports to the supplied case with the serial no etched on a metal plaque.
Summary: These IEMs are in short supply at present with a daunting price hike direct from Japan and before customs. I was fortunate to get a pair from Peter Tyson who allowed me to return Grado G10s which I found impossible to locate for a full frequency sound. They are to my ears in a class of their own.