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post #7936 of 8026
Last night I went back to my IE8 after some time spent listening to bigger, open cans.

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.
post #7937 of 8026
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Originally Posted by egokun View Post

Last night I went back to my IE8 after some time spent listening to bigger, open cans.

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.

HD650'S is supposed to be similar but I haven't heard that for years so can't be absolutely sure.
post #7938 of 8026
I don't quite understand why you want full size cans if you are so happy with the 8's. just enjoy! Having said that. I fell out with my IE8's a while ago but then bought the Headstage Arrow. Some cross feed and a bit of treble tilt and I am with you. There may be better put there but I don't really care. Oh and the ACS custom tips were worthwhile also. I have heard the Momentums and thought they were great but those on ear pads hurt my ears after 5 minutes.
post #7939 of 8026

Although I haven't own the Senn HD25 1-II in a long time, I think I remember it being similar to my ie8, it had the same overall feel as you describe the ie8. It might not be the best at everything, but it sure was good and enjoyable, and I didn't really care about comparing it to others, but just enjoyed it.

Anyhow, it might be close to what you are looking for, so you might wanna check it out.

 

BTW, yes I did own both the ie8 and HD25 1-II at the same time.

post #7940 of 8026
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Originally Posted by krismusic View Post

I don't quite understand why you want full size cans if you are so happy with the 8's. just enjoy!

I have some problems with the fit and seal in my ears, so at times I'd like a full-size alternative.

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Originally Posted by wormsdriver View Post

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BTW, yes I did own both the ie8 and HD25 1-II at the same time.

I too have the HD25, but it's a very different beast. Good impact, but less mids and that hot, sibilant treble. I have to EQ the highs to make it listenable, and even then, the HD25 remains rougher than the IE8. As I said, the IE8 can be engaging or relaxing according to the music being played. The HD25 is ALWAYS aggressive, I find it impossible to relax with it smily_headphones1.gif

The HD650 is slow and laid-back for me. Maybe I don't have the proper amping for it, but I found it very far from the IE8's energy.
post #7941 of 8026
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Originally Posted by egokun View Post

I have some problems with the fit and seal in my ears, so at times I'd like a full-size alternative.
Sounds like the ACS tips are for you. smily_headphones1.gif
post #7942 of 8026
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Originally Posted by egokun View Post

I too have the HD25, but it's a very different beast. Good impact, but less mids and that hot, sibilant treble. I have to EQ the highs to make it listenable, and even then, the HD25 remains rougher than the IE8. As I said, the IE8 can be engaging or relaxing according to the music being played. The HD25 is ALWAYS aggressive, I find it impossible to relax with it smily_headphones1.gif

The HD650 is slow and laid-back for me. Maybe I don't have the proper amping for it, but I found it very far from the IE8's energy.

Ha! My audio memory really sucks then!biggrin.gif

post #7943 of 8026

Hello everyone,

 

Does anyone know where I can buy IE8's? I've searched around a bunch and I'm not sure what I'm looking at because the prices seem to be all over the place. I've also read that there are fakes going around too. I understand they're discontinued so I'm assume I'd have to get them from eBay or something but I'm worried about doing that with all the fakes. Any suggestions? 

 

Thanks,

Steve

post #7944 of 8026
Maybe a silly question but why not go for the 80's? A current model available from reputable retailers. Much less chance of fakes.
post #7945 of 8026
I'm interested too if anyone knows a reputable place to purchase. I've owned the ie8s for a while. Then sold them thinking the ie80s were better. I feel that is wrong. The ie80s are great. But the ie8s are different. Not necessarily better. Very hard to find a trustworthy place to purchase ie8s.
post #7946 of 8026

I have my IE-80's for sale if anybody is interested. I haven't listed them in the FS section yet. I bought them from Best Buy, an authorized Sennheiser Seller, just to be 100% positive they are real. I was very paranoid of buying fakes so I know mine are the real deal. I have the receipt.

 

I also have a Song's 'Universe' 7N's Solid Silver Upgrade Cable specially made with Sennheiser terminals if anybody is interested.

post #7947 of 8026
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Originally Posted by burtomr View Post

I have my IE-80's for sale if anybody is interested. I haven't listed them in the FS section yet. I bought them from Best Buy, an authorized Sennheiser Seller, just to be 100% positive they are real. I was very paranoid of buying fakes so I know mine are the real deal. I have the receipt.

 

I also have a Song's 'Universe' 7N's Solid Silver Upgrade Cable specially made with Sennheiser terminals if anybody is interested.

PM Sent

 

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Originally Posted by krismusic View Post

Maybe a silly question but why not go for the 80's? A current model available from reputable retailers. Much less chance of fakes.

To be honest, I have a pair of JH|5 Pros. The right monitor has a driver loose and I need to send them back for repairs. I'm anticipating this is going to take a very long time because they told me they only have one guy (Caleb) that does the repairs and they're already backed up from the holiday weekend. In the interim I wanted a good pair of headphones to use, however I didn't want to spend as much as the IE80s. In my ignorance of the pricing, I thought the IE8s could be had for the $150 range but I'm seeing that is a mistake.

post #7948 of 8026
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Originally Posted by StevieBuns View Post

PM Sent

 

To be honest, I have a pair of JH|5 Pros. The right monitor has a driver loose and I need to send them back for repairs. I'm anticipating this is going to take a very long time because they told me they only have one guy (Caleb) that does the repairs and they're already backed up from the holiday weekend. In the interim I wanted a good pair of headphones to use, however I didn't want to spend as much as the IE80s. In my ignorance of the pricing, I thought the IE8s could be had for the $150 range but I'm seeing that is a mistake.


Nope they generally sit in the $300 range. Maybe slightly less if you can find a sale. The IE8s are pretty hard to find though in regards to a legitimate source. I liked the IE80s better. The IE8s are more bassy, a slightly bigger sound staging. A more laid back IEM than the IE80 which is slightly more detail oriented (clear mids, more controlled bass).

post #7949 of 8026
Anybody here familiar with this cable? I've been using this one after tje stock cable broke.

post #7950 of 8026
Nope. What is it?
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