I've owned the Sennheiser IE-8 for almost two years now and today I have accidentally damaged them trying to get a good fit and I've finally decided that maybe they just don't work for me. Since my warranty will expire soon, after I get a replacement set I don't want to be messing around with them as carelessly as I have been. I cannot wear them for more than a couple hours though so might give them to a family member or something.
So now I'm looking for a new pair that will have smaller nozzles than the IE-8, but I don't know if the nozzle is the only factor contributing to the discomfort here.
Also on my Cowon J3, I have been using a setting of:
105hz (normal) = -1
500hz (wide) = -3
1.1khz (wide) = 0
4.1khz (wide) = 1
13khz (wide) = 3
BBE = 10
Stereo Enhance = 6
IE-8 bass setting = minimum
My preliminary questions to everyone are:
1. Other than nozzle size and tip size, is there anything else that needs to be factored in for comfort?
2. Is there such a sound signature that is similar to what I have set on the J3 without a need for eq?
The motif for my eq settings were: (sorry, I don't know the proper language for describing sounds!)
A. To bring down the general midbass (~500hz) and to lower the pronounced double bass(~100hz) but keep the *thud* feeling in the bass (~80hz) in this song:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8ILhJCr60A - Chrono Cross: Arni Village (home)
B. To make the highs a little brighter (~4.1khz) than IE-8's norm in the very beginning of this song:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hck3K8JFdFc - Chrono Cross: Snake Bone Mansion
C. To be able to hear the cymbals not be drowned out amidst all the noise on various non-hifi rock tracks (13khz), particularly at lower volumes. For instance the chorus of:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5d7EbtLb8ok - Matchbox Twenty: How Far We've Come
I found that my final eq translated relatively well to my other music after reaching these target objectives.
In general I suppose I'm looking for clarity first, bass second.
forgot to add: I've been interested in the UM3X and head lots of talk about TF10s but know not how they compare
Edited by Eudoxa - 5/18/11 at 1:08pm