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post #31 of 44

I was so scared of this Mid-Bass Hump.  But I was more scared of Not Enough Bass.

 

I am absolutely enjoying my IE8's.

 

They are great with Massive Attack, Amon Tobin, DJ Shadow to Classical music and soundtracks and everything I throw at it.

 

I'm not comparing to anything else but I am just very happy.  Glad I don't know what else I'm missing that would cost a lot more money, maybe.

 

These are very comfortable with the Comply T400's to me, and isolation is of course so much better than PK1 that I'm pretty happy with that also.

 

I do EQ up the treble to bring on some brightness and additional detail.

 

I am here to see what people are saying about tips though, because I'd rather not listen to these for a year and find out there were much better tips with a little more effort.

 

So I need to buy some UE Single Flange, it sounds...may I ask which size and the best place to buy them from US?

 

I thank Head-Fi for A LOT.  All three of my headphones, in fact.  A Trifecta. 

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post #32 of 44

CEE TEE-

So glad to hear the IE8's are working out. Good listening....

post #33 of 44

I wouldn't say that the IE8 has too much bass when the bass is dialed down, but then again, I'm using tips that loose the isolation and as suggested, the sound has much more clarity and treble, but again, isolation is sacrificed.

 

my honest opinion with the IE8 is that you will have to play around with the tips, but most people will find issues with fitting and isolation. the problems comes where the bass will overpower when you get a good seal, so that's really something I have strayed away from.

 

at the end of the day, on the street, if you want clarity, ya gonna need a good fit, but then you lose track of things around you. it's all debatable. but my point is that the IE8 is a versatile pair of earphones that just requires some meddling with in terms of tips and bass levels.

post #34 of 44
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Originally Posted by Pianist View Post
But what's the point of an IEM, when the isolation is so poor.


Agreed, which is why I have been avoiding some of the newer, more open style dynamics.

post #35 of 44
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I wouldn't say that the IE8 has too much bass when the bass is dialed down, but then again, I'm using tips that loose the isolation and as suggested, the sound has much more clarity and treble, but again, isolation is sacrificed.

 

my honest opinion with the IE8 is that you will have to play around with the tips, but most people will find issues with fitting and isolation. the problems comes where the bass will overpower when you get a good seal, so that's really something I have strayed away from.

 

at the end of the day, on the street, if you want clarity, ya gonna need a good fit, but then you lose track of things around you. it's all debatable. but my point is that the IE8 is a versatile pair of earphones that just requires some meddling with in terms of tips and bass levels.


I will say from what I have read of the IE8's, if you are willing to play w/ the EQ, bass screw, perhaps buy upgraded cables and/or custome sleeves people have been very happy w/ them.  They do seem to offer a lot in the way of versatility and tunability.  

post #36 of 44
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I will say from what I have read of the IE8's, if you are willing to play w/ the EQ, bass screw, perhaps buy upgraded cables and/or custome sleeves people have been very happy w/ them.  They do seem to offer a lot in the way of versatility and tunability.  


And that's exactly what I appreciate about it. Granted if I want isolation, the bass gets heavy, but then I can still turn down the bass, though some will say it is still too heavy. But at the end of the day, I have found the IE8 to be versatile :)

 

People have started suggesting that the SM3 is the new be all and end all, but I think as long as we are happy with what we already have, how different will switching to another pair of earphones be when the difference will be negligible especially since I'm not musically inclined in any way whatsoever; and I don't care too much for paying another few hundred just to 'test' another pair.

 

to me, the IE8s are fun and  that's what music is about to me. If I sit at home, then maybe I'll entertain analysing and paying more attention to the music, but otherwise, I'm extremely happy, not that the SQ in the IE8s are bad mind you :)

 

post #37 of 44

Oh yeah, the SM3 are for a different target altogether.  Those continuously seeking that extra bit of audio panacea in universal IEM's.  Not for the casual plug and play listener.

post #38 of 44

^^ Totally right... plus, if you want that good bass weight, they do take some EQ'ing. So a player with a bass boost or decent EQ is a must for listeners who desire that low end which starts to resemble that of a good dynamic. 

post #39 of 44
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CEE TEE-

So glad to hear the IE8's are working out. Good listening....


Thanks, cn11 !!

 

Yes, I'm totally happy right now.   I love all of my headphones and I have one of each type!

 

I don't feel like I'm missing anything without an amp right now, I'd rather stay more portable and a full 32GB of source.  So I'll upgrade to iPhone 4 and feel like I'm very lucky.  These are my toys for the year.

 

Could NOT have done it without the education from Head-Fi.

 

Hope to see everyone at a California Bay Area meet sometime!  

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post #40 of 44

I had the IE8 and enjoyed them.  I have the Sm3 and don't even think of going back.  I feel that the bass is present yet not like the IE8.  The bass extends quite low and so do the IE8 but I like the treble the sound stage for the SM3 better.  It can kick out some bass.  Im a bass head and the SM3's give nice fast punch and hits the lows nicely.... =)  

But If you enjoy the IE8 than so be it.  Like someone said in their earlier post. If your happy with it than thats all that matters!

post #41 of 44

so the SM3 has larger sound stage than the IE8? interesting.

 

I am considering getting some ultra-sensitive IEM for a micro-micro power amp project, the SM3's are looking better and better.

post #42 of 44

^ I don't know if the SM3's have a larger sound stage than the IE8's, from reading impressions.  I have not heard the IE8's personally, but I think the IE8's would still have a larger/bigger sound stage from reading all of the reviews.  The SM3's, I would not describe as a larger or huge sound stage, though perhaps a more enveloping or 3D-ish sound stage might be more accurate...  which depending on your definitions, may or may not be qualified or quantified as greater or lesser.

post #43 of 44

i have both on my hands for the past 4 months now, and i use them interchangably depending on the genre of music i am listening to.

 

the SM3 does really nicely for most genres such as metal, hardstyle, hardcore and hard dance, even more so then the IE8 i daresay. i use my IE8s for acoustic and classic music, where the larger soundstage shows it magic here. if you require isolation, use the SM3; even on the subs and buses, i can't hear the hum or the chug of the engines or mechanical operation in motion. using the IE8s, on the other hand forces me to raise the volume by 2 notches and i am unable to hear the bass due to the hum drowning it out. 

 

the differences in bass is that the SM3 hits harder and faster than the IE8, but the former pumps out oodles of low notes, similar to having a woofer as some has mentioned in HF. another thing to note is that the IE8 sounds meatier then the SM3 because of the different kinds of drivers used . i recommend the SM3 for your listening pleasure, but only if you have heard and liked the BA kind of sound. hopefully you are able to try both pairs out to make a choice....if all else fails, buy both! its always a good thing to have more earphones! 

 

IMO i get a greater urge to headbang using the SM3 with hardstyle, hard dance, etc genres (=


Edited by LRY32 - 4/18/11 at 7:19am
post #44 of 44

oh i may have left out an important thing about the IE8s : i have burnt them in for at least 300 hours now, so the drivers are settled in.

 

i am the second owner of the IE8s, and yes i have heard the subtle effects of burn in... but lets leave the flaming to another time tongue.gif

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