Conclusion: don't buy an ie8 or the ie80. Don't waste time and money.
Edited by squallkiercosa - 11/9/13 at 9:37am
Actually, the conclusion is to make sure you buy authentic goods from an authorized dealer so you can be sure you 1. Get the real thing and 2. Are covered by warranty.
Hmmm.....there is one Guaranteed Solution (really).......Buy -ONLY- from an Authorized Sennheiser Dealer.
That is what I did for both my IE8's and 80's. No anxiety, no mystery, no doubt about it.
Let's face it all you IE8 & 80's prospective owners:
What ever you *think* you are saving by buying cheaper from an un-Authorized Sennheiser Dealer will be lost in the anxiety you WILL have wondering if you really bought fakes!
Fakes are so good there is no sure way to ever know 100% that what you bought is the real deal. The only positively fool proof technique is to buy from a Sennheiser Dealer who would lose his licence if he sold fakes.
Think about it: if a customer ever returned his IEM's to Sennheiser for warranty reasons, they ask where they were bought from.....not something an real Sennheiser Dealer would ever risk.
A fake can cost 30$, not a big hit but with so many IEMs out there with good quality I don't see a reason to even consider those as an option. Everyone will think yours are fake anyway.
I posted in this thread a week or two ago regarding some ie8s I got as a gift. They were fake. Since then I've ordered ie80s from amazon.de out of curiosity ($304 AUD with shipping) and were able to ascertain what breaks the deal with the fakes. The case. I can't really compare the phones themselves because they're different models, but we haven't really focused on the case as one of the most important factors in determining authenticity until the last few pages, so I'm posting a few comparison pics to help fellow owners of ie8/80s with their anxiety. Also, since there are different level of quality for the fakes, ymmv :D
No permission for inline images, so album is here: http://imgur.com/a/4FrDg
Hi all, I have found some pics on this website http://songlongmedia.com/sennheiser-ie8-1119992.html
Who can define it's real or fake? Thx!
This text from Google Translate, written above the 2nd to last picture, is your best clue:
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