Originally Posted by Pianist
I disagree. IE8 has excellent vocals IMO - not veiled at all. It's the bass and also the treble that's not so great on the IE8, especially the bass which overshadows the low mids.
x2. I won't say the vocal of IE8 is the best, but I don't understand why people keep saying IE8's vocal to be veiled. Perhaps we hear things differently, or my ears have adapted to them.
I used my IE8 with the max bass setting for a whole 6 months, and changed to the minimun for the first time recently. I must admit that on the max bass setting, bass really intrudes in midrange, but now, after changing it to the mininum, mid-bass hump doesn't bother me anymore. By the way, CK10 is my current benchmark for detail and clarity, and in my opinion IE8 although don't better CK10 in these aspects, they do a very good job.