And I found put once more that I simply LOVE the IE8. The energy. The impact. The sweetness and intimacy of its sound. The inoffensive highs. The detail. The IE8 sounds powerful and relaxing at the same time, depending on the music. I've never found a full-size headphone that can do this.
The IE8 can do everything. Yes, there are genres and songs where another sound signature can do better. But with the IE8, I can forgive that. When the IE8 doesn't sound "the best", it sounds so close to the best anyway, that I just don't care if there's something that sounds better.
The IE8 doesn't just make me appreciate music. It makes me WANT TO listen to music. To never stop listening to music. To discover new music.
I opened a dedicated thread some time ago, but got very few responses, so I'm going to ask here as well.
Is there an over-the-ear or around-the-ear headphone that sounds as close as possible to the IE8?
I guess the fact that it's an IEM contributes to its intimacy and its power. I guess it would be very difficult to get the same signature and the same impact from a full can, what with the bigger soundstage and all. So, I don't care if for a similar sound I have to get a closed can.
I'd really like some suggestions. Budget is... up to $350, I guess. So ar, the closest I've found is the Momentum, but I only had a brief time to spend with that, so I'm not sure.