Hi - sorry if this is a familiar question, but I'm hoping someone can give me some useful advice!
I am a working musician and listen to all styles of music, particularly jazz / acoustic as well as funk / soul / electronic. I have just bought a set of IE8s to replace my broken UE700s.... I did a fair bit of research beforehand and narrowed it down to the IE8s and a pair of Shure SE420s that were still available in the shop. I had read about the bass-heavy character of the IE8s but decided that it wouldn't be ridiculous since it is such a high end headphone and the bass would be manageable via the tuneable screw. But I wasn't prepared for the sound to be as pronounced as it is....with the bass on the minimum setting the bass and bass-mids are so far forward in the mix that when listening to jazz records it seems like the mix is on the bass player all the time - the piano is waaaay back in the mix on a piano trio record for example. The IE8s sound great on more produced stuff, especially tracks where there is a lot of treble in the mix, Jamiroquai etc.... I really like the warm understated character in the high / mids but the over-pronounced bass really distorts the balance for me. I have tried different earpieces and found that pulling the foam pads out of the ear slightly gives a better bass response, but at the expense of sound isolation!! Argh......this is becoming a minefield!!!
My dilemma is whether I should return them...I am going to leave them on overnight burning-in and see if that makes much difference, but I think I already have a pretty realistic impression of what they sound like (unless they drastically change!) From my comments does it sound like I would be better suited to any other headphones....the 420s perhaps?
Should I expect my retailer to accept a refund / exchange on the grounds that I don't like them (bearing in mind that they can't be resold as I've used them)?
Thanks in advance......