post #6241 of 8031
4/26/10 at 2:24am
Just upgraded from IE7 to IE7, definitely enjoying the improvement in all parts of the spectrum. Especially liking the beautifully opened highs, sounds like a veil has been completely removed from my ears. The bass is pretty comparable, but the IE7 bass seems a little more boomy while the IE8 is just strictly on point. The mids sound better as well, with the vocals more clear and forward. I am now also able to make myself a nice U shaped curve on my EQ, instead of a more treble prominent curve.
after a year and a bit of owning the IE8 (and loving them all the while) i unfortunatly experienced the right channel repeatedly cutting out :-( no worries though, as even though i tested it myself to be the cable, Sennheiser replaced the entire set :-D
so the re-burn began, and i was sceptical of burn in before receiving my new set! what a difference, closed in muddy blah blah blah...
less than 10 hours later they are a different headphone!
So anyways I stumble across a thread where someone has modified (read destroyed) a set of shure foamies to fit the IE8, by simply de-coring them. Once i had managed this and fit them to the IE8 i was greeted with detail and clarity i have never heard from my previous IE8's. I used to use the large foams from the original kit as these were the only ones i could get adequate SQ with as i experienced lessened Bass and sibilance with many others, as well as the fact i couldn't get a seal with anything else :-s
with the shure tips fitted i did something ive never done with the IE8 - turned the tuning port up! only a little mind, they are now set at halfway between 1 and 2 after some listening tests with my range of music (always hand them set to lowest setting 1 with previous IE8s and the large foams)
so anyway the point of my post is these things are seriously incredible and dishing out the detail across the entire frequency range, especially bearing in mind im powering them direct from the headphone output of my Iphone 3gs, dont get me started on what they are like with 2496 from my PC to my DAC magic and thru the GS Solo! :-D
the only time my HD650's get a look in now is if i wanna hear a new CD as its 'supposed' to sound haha, although saying that, there aint much of a comparison between them for realism.
So yeah thats all folks!
Btw these things almost sound better than my B&W's until u get the pot round to floor shaking levels.....