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The HTC (M7, M8) and Samsung(S3, S5) offerings had a horrible hiss on high sensitivity IEM's. Can't do it.
Okay... so I have all of these cans and cant really peg which I like the most. 95% of my music is EDM...  To capture it subjectively here goes...   UE6000... Well I *LOVE* the vocals in these, no soundstage though, love the sub bass and how clean it is. No sibilance ever, *SO* dark. Normally I like a dark headphone but I need a *bit* more treble! Cups are a bit small, hot. The least comfortable to me.   DT770/80, lovely sub bass.. Great soundstage. My first real pair...
I've had these... along with the XB500, XB700.   They were my least fav among the 3 as well, they also measure with higher distortion and lower bass. If you want head pounding bass get the XB500, If you want some more treble and less kick and sub bass focus get the XB700. The XB1000's just sounded wrong to me.
Wow... Thanks for the info... I was considering getting these too.  The IE80 are really close to perfect for me though.
I feel like a troll saying this... but isn't the 8ohm output impedance paired with hissing for high sensitivity IEMs a deal breaker for you?
Glad to hear that's working out for you. I simply cant bear the hiss on the M8, coming from an electrical background that impedance is unacceptable on a premium device from an engineering standpoint. 
Those "hacks" don't work. I've tried them. You cant fix a poor hardware implementation. Where the problems lay.. I don't know.The M8 has a horrible 8ohm output impedance... completely messing up the response of IEMs.
I'm not sure what the hiss i hear on androids comes from. I've always assumed its from the Qualcomm SOC implementations. However, for example, the nexus 4 although measured poor has the least audible hiss I could hear on an android device to date. I've heard the M8, owned the M7 and Galaxy S3, all had a dreadful background hiss. I swear i can hear the internal amplifier activating on those devices.  The hiss is heard with sensitive IEMs, for those of you that cannot hear...
Yeah, i'm trying to ditch apple stuff but am addicted to the super black noise floor on my iPhone 4s. All these fancy android phones look amazing but sound quite bad. :(
Qualcomm makes the "DACs" as part Snapdragon 801 SOC.
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