Hey HONEYBOY, nice description of the bass and I totally agree with it. Today, when I was going back and forth between the W3 and JVC today, I tried to 'measure' the extra JVC bass in my head - and it sounded like it had around 40% extra weight and went about 20% lower. It's a pretty noticeable difference, so much so that I've actually turned down the bass on my Sony by one notch because I discovered I don't need that much bass
|EDIT: HONEYBOY, I meant to add that when I got my Triple.fi, I listened to them for a couple of weeks exclusively, and when I went back to the C700's, they'd become unlistenable in comparison. I kept fiddling with the fit because I couldn't work out where half the music had gone, it was weird! Would love to know what the C700's sound like to you after a week or two's exclusive listening to the JVC|
If you don't mind me asking, what specifically is it about the IE8's sound that you still prefer over the FX500? I do like hearing that they reach lower than the IE8's, because, I do like me some bass.
The IE8s have a much better focus and higher resolution, in that they possess greater timbral accuracy in which each instrument in an ensemble can be more distinctly defined. This to me leads to better instrument separation/Imaging within its more expansive headstage and soundstage. Despite having a smaller soundstage than the IE8s theres something about the FX500s that I haven't yet put my hands on that makes them appear very open sounding though. I also think that the IE8s are more coherent in that everything just comes together to form one nice engaging musical bonanza!!.
I also have a predilection for forward/upfront vocals and the IE8s are much more forward than the JVCs. I really dig the way vocals are presented on the IE8s, they're very organic, smooth, full bodied and breathable. The vocals of the JVCs are much thinner and perhaps ( note that I didn't say "anemic" as that of the iE8 may be a bit too rich for some folks haha).The vocals on the IE8 as of now seem to also possess greater "textural range" which I like as well.
P.S I hope I didn't sound as if I was bashing the FX500s as I think they're great phones, just that I prefer the IE8s.