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post #4276 of 5700
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Originally Posted by Grimtuth View Post

 

** On another note, i have learned to love the tape mod. Spent a week with the tape mod and decided to remove it yesterday... Like H20Fidelity said, "...just needed some burn-in...".

 

 

.....and so have I. The only thing I haven't done is removed the tape to hear the difference.  I'll wait until the Auvio tips arrive before I try that.

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Hmm, I don't seem to like the tape mod on the IE8 or the IE80. Doesn't sound as "full" to me which makes it seem unrealistic. That is just when "previewing" with my fingers over the ports though. Seems as though it loses soundstage as well. Maybe it's just me?

 

Anyway, I did receive my IE80's from a fellow head-fier. I wouldn't have known they were used if he didn't tell me. They were packaged the way they would have been from the factory which was really cool. Anyway, I haven't really A/B'd the two, but even without a direct comparison, I do agree with what almost everyone says about the IE80 vs IE8. They seem cleaner on the low end, less mid-bass, but the sub-bass is still there and then some. Mids are right where they should be, though I wouldn't mind them to be just *every so slightly* more forward. They are very pleasant regardless. The high end remains well-extended and non-sibilant and of course nicely detailed. I'm very happy with them overall!

 

Now I just need a new balanced armature IEM for the occasional stringed recording and I think I'll be set for a long time.

post #4278 of 5700

Can anyone recommend me a good DAP that can synergize well with the ie80s?

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post #4279 of 5700
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Originally Posted by Grimtuth View Post

Can anyone recommend me a good DAP that can synergize well with the ie80s?

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Hisound players in general :).

post #4280 of 5700
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Originally Posted by lee730 View Post


Hisound players in general :).


+1 totally agree with lee :)

post #4281 of 5700
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Originally Posted by loxxrider View Post

Hmm, I don't seem to like the tape mod on the IE8 or the IE80. Doesn't sound as "full" to me which makes it seem unrealistic. That is just when "previewing" with my fingers over the ports though. Seems as though it loses soundstage as well. Maybe it's just me?

 

 

The problem with using your fingers over the port is that you can't guarantee it's sealed properly. Also, you are moving the position (and therefore the seal) of the ie80 in your ear. However slight this movement is, it will seriously affect true reproduction of the tape mod and the iems themselves fo that matter. Try pushing on your iems as they are playing and hear what happens. It doesn't take long to set up the real thing (3 minutes at the most) so maybe you should try it. You might be surprised, especially with the IE8

post #4282 of 5700
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Originally Posted by holden4th View Post

 

The problem with using your fingers over the port is that you can't guarantee it's sealed properly. Also, you are moving the position (and therefore the seal) of the ie80 in your ear. However slight this movement is, it will seriously affect true reproduction of the tape mod and the iems themselves fo that matter. Try pushing on your iems as they are playing and hear what happens. It doesn't take long to set up the real thing (3 minutes at the most) so maybe you should try it. You might be surprised, especially with the IE8


Not just that. The simple act of putting your hand over that port is inducing noise into the sound itself. You won't be able to replicate the tape mod with your fingers. I've tried it. It doesn't work.

post #4283 of 5700
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Originally Posted by loxxrider View Post

Hmm, I don't seem to like the tape mod on the IE8 or the IE80. Doesn't sound as "full" to me which makes it seem unrealistic. That is just when "previewing" with my fingers over the ports though. Seems as though it loses soundstage as well. Maybe it's just me?

 

Anyway, I did receive my IE80's from a fellow head-fier. I wouldn't have known they were used if he didn't tell me. They were packaged the way they would have been from the factory which was really cool. Anyway, I haven't really A/B'd the two, but even without a direct comparison, I do agree with what almost everyone says about the IE80 vs IE8. They seem cleaner on the low end, less mid-bass, but the sub-bass is still there and then some. Mids are right where they should be, though I wouldn't mind them to be just *every so slightly* more forward. They are very pleasant regardless. The high end remains well-extended and non-sibilant and of course nicely detailed. I'm very happy with them overall!

 

Now I just need a new balanced armature IEM for the occasional stringed recording and I think I'll be set for a long time.

 

The fullness that you may be losing is the mid-bass bloat that is now taken out. In theory, what you should be getting is a more accurate representation of the music you are listening to. It takes a while to get adjusted to if you have been using the IE8 for a while now. It also now means that it will expose more flaws in any previously poorly recorded tracks because the bloat is gone. 

 

Unlike the others, the previewing works for me. As I suggested prior, do it in a quiet environment without moving around etc. I don't get the noise induced that way. I like the mod, my only qualm is whether it affects the drivers in the long run. lee730 is also right in that the presentation of the IE8s are more aggressive now as well, with the mod that is. 

 

All down to listening preferences at the end of the day. Enjoy it :)

post #4284 of 5700
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Originally Posted by cravenz View Post

 

The fullness that you may be losing is the mid-bass bloat that is now taken out. In theory, what you should be getting is a more accurate representation of the music you are listening to. It takes a while to get adjusted to if you have been using the IE8 for a while now. It also now means that it will expose more flaws in any previously poorly recorded tracks because the bloat is gone. 

 

Unlike the others, the previewing works for me. As I suggested prior, do it in a quiet environment without moving around etc. I don't get the noise induced that way. I like the mod, my only qualm is whether it affects the drivers in the long run. lee730 is also right in that the presentation of the IE8s are more aggressive now as well, with the mod that is. 

 

All down to listening preferences at the end of the day. Enjoy it :)


When I would put my fingers on the bass ports I'd hear noise from my fingers touching the IEM itself lol. Same concept applies to all my other IEMs as well. Just putting my finger on them I can hear noise from doing so :P. So in that it wasn't a proper representation of the tape mod (at least for me).

post #4285 of 5700
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When I would put my fingers on the bass ports I'd hear noise from my fingers touching the IEM itself lol. Same concept applies to all my other IEMs as well. Just putting my finger on them I can hear noise from doing so :P. So in that it wasn't a proper representation of the tape mod (at least for me).

Yes but your fingers shouldn't be moving anymore after that?
post #4286 of 5700
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Originally Posted by cravenz View Post


Yes but your fingers shouldn't be moving anymore after that?


Just having my fingers on the unit I can hear noise cravenz. Not sure why that is but its like a low rumble noise. Could be emitted from my body when touching the IEM. The fact is I hear it and on every IEM when just simply touch the IEM housings.


Edited by lee730 - 3/13/13 at 5:00pm
post #4287 of 5700
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Just having my fingers on the unit I can hear noise cravenz.

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post #4288 of 5700
Sigh... Its sad how fast 1k disappears in exchange for better sq... I'll probably purchase a studio v and say goodbye to this website... At least until i get my tax returns.
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post #4289 of 5700

lmao I know how you feel. I'm in the same boat myself. I'd suggest you wait until they release the updated model which will be superior in basically every way from what I've been told. Plus if he has the sales on it you may save up to half off on the cost. I tend to be a bargain shopper myself :P.
 

post #4290 of 5700

Hi lee.

just bought a used studio v. from another head-fier.

is the jump for v-1 to v-3 significant or will i be hanging myself for getting the v1?

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