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I don't disagree with what you're saying, they do sound good. In fact I had mine on half the day today whilst writing a document and was enjoying the sound. I was listening to the new Rudimental album, in particular the track 'Spoons' had mega amounts of bass, I thought the IE80's wouldn't be able to handle it, so turned it down...then turned it back up again...smily_headphones1.gif

I have a pair of Final Audio Design Fi-BA-SS at the moment that I'm trying out, by comparison they have a completely different sound signature with very little bass, but pretty good mids & highs.
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There are a LOT of people on these threads that buy and sell IEMs over the years - and a great many of them hold on to their IE8's and 80's for some of the reasons you state. When I listen to rock and roll - and I want to get out of my head and just enjoy the music - I pull out the Sennheisers. The cables on them are solid, supple and last a long time. 

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Thats good to hear..I think they seem really solid..these are made very good it seems.. And that's why I bought these cause lots of times I want to put them on and just listen to the music and crank it up..and with some of the other pairs of Headphones I have they do sound good but sometimes they don't have that extra umph ya know..these will remain in my collection for a long time I think smily_headphones1.gif
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Originally Posted by Ivabign View Post

There are a LOT of people on these threads that buy and sell IEMs over the years - and a great many of them hold on to their IE8's and 80's for some of the reasons you state. When I listen to rock and roll - and I want to get out of my head and just enjoy the music - I pull out the Sennheisers. The cables on them are solid, supple and last a long time. 
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What are the best tips for these? I'm currently using the M double flanges but I'm not getting good enough seal. L double flanges are too big.  Do eph-100 tips fit nicely? They seem to be similar in diameter. I don't want tips to apply too much pressure on to the nozzles. I remember some tips breaking the Westone 4 nozzles.

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What are the best tips for these? I'm currently using the M double flanges but I'm not getting good enough seal. L double flanges are too big.  Do eph-100 tips fit nicely? They seem to be similar in diameter. I don't want tips to apply too much pressure on to the nozzles. I remember some tips breaking the Westone 4 nozzles.

I guess I have large canal openings - I either use the biggest comply T-400 or the biggest Sony Hybrids - Since they don't require (or recommend) deep insertion, they need to make the seal at the edge of the ear opening. I know people rail at these regarding lack of isolation, but when the music is playing, you gotta hit me to get my attention - lol. I'd like to try the Shure olives, I haven't done so yet.

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What are the best tips for these?

 

Got a Radio Shack hear you?  The best tips are AUVIO's sold in S, M, & L in packs of 4. Dual density silicone like SONY Hybrids but way better. Why? They fit Sennheiser size nozzles absolutely perfectly. They also have a huge straight thru bore so there is NO loss of highs.  Oh, the best part:  They cost $4.99 and if you don't get the right size you can exchange them for different.

 

 

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=18352026

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Originally Posted by Ivabign View Post

 When I listen to rock and roll - and I want to get out of my head and just enjoy the music - I pull out the Sennheisers.

 

you nailed It. when I want zero pressure, I go for hd650 @home and IE80 on the go.

 

I got a really hard time convincing people about the virtues of this iem, they can rarely get past the "too much bass" feeling and would take them out after a few seconds. when i talk about the enjoyable and relaxing sound, they take me for a fool ^_^.  even the imaging keeps me calm and happy, senn did a really interesting job on those (IE8 and IE80).

 

I'll never consider them to be my main gear as my tastes go for something more balanced (jh13 do this well for me atm) and most of the times i need more isolation than ie80 can provide. they are my obvious second choice, my necessary second pair of iem. therefore I really don't plan on ever selling them.

 

i also use them to listen at very low volumes. like any other iems or headphones, the bass and soundstage tend to collapse at very low voltage. on the IE80 there is this particular volume level where i feel like it's almost neutral and still large enough to avoid the blob of sound with zero imaging or air. at this volume, my jh13 have already lost all bass and aren't any fun to listen to.

 

ps: the strong point of the cable is that it's pretty much memory free.

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Originally Posted by castleofargh View Post
 

I got a really hard time convincing people about the virtues of this iem, they can rarely get past the "too much bass" feeling and would take them out after a few seconds. when i talk about the enjoyable and relaxing sound, they take me for a fool ^_^.  even the imaging keeps me calm and happy, senn did a really interesting job on those (IE8 and IE80).

 

I'll never consider them to be my main gear as my tastes go for something more balanced (jh13 do this well for me atm) and most of the times i need more isolation than ie80 can provide. they are my obvious second choice, my necessary second pair of iem. therefore I really don't plan on ever selling them.

 

I wholeheartedly agree. I do use the others in my line up for my serious listening sessions, but the IE80 is hard to beat when it comes to  relaxed listening. The wonderfully large soundstage does a  damn fine job in creating a sense of immersion. Throw in tank like build quality and one of the best IEMs' cables, and it is probably one of the most complete packages on the go.

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Originally Posted by GSARider View Post

I don't disagree with what you're saying, they do sound good. In fact I had mine on half the day today whilst writing a document and was enjoying the sound. I was listening to the new Rudimental album, in particular the track 'Spoons' had mega amounts of bass, I thought the IE80's wouldn't be able to handle it, so turned it down...then turned it back up again...smily_headphones1.gif

I have a pair of Final Audio Design Fi-BA-SS at the moment that I'm trying out, by comparison they have a completely different sound signature with very little bass, but pretty good mids & highs.
I was wondering if you know how the final audio the ones you have are anything like the er4s?? I love the etys and I was looking at the ones you have but they seem like a big hassle to purchase cause I live in Canada and would probably cost a arm and a leg getting them..do you also have the etys??
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Well day three of these bad boys..and I'm still loving them can't seem to get them out of my ears lol.. I use my medium silicon tips from my 4ais and I gets a great seal and loads of bass..I switched to the medium ones that come stock with these...think they were the ones installed on them...anyways I find I get not a bad seal with these but not great...butthey seem to put the bass rite where I want it..not too over powering but it's deffently there..I love the sound stage on these too.. smily_headphones1.gif
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Originally Posted by pacman46 View Post


I was wondering if you know how the final audio the ones you have are anything like the er4s?? I love the etys and I was looking at the ones you have but they seem like a big hassle to purchase cause I live in Canada and would probably cost a arm and a leg getting them..do you also have the etys??

I can compare to my Shure E5's, IE80's, IE800's -  I don't have the ER4's unfortunately.

 

Compared directly to the IE800's (so far, only had them a day) they have a very analytical sound. Lighter Bass, but a more forward midrange and clear highs. Sound stage is extremely good and to my ears they suit female vocals, guitar riffs, etc. The IE800's have a better sound with EDM and anything with a heavy bass beat, but then again I like a good dollop of bass in EDM music.

 

If I was to base my thoughts on just one song - this - http://mara80.bandcamp.com/album/mara-2 - Track 'Hey Jimmy'

 

They sound very, very good.

 

Things that I dislike about them - Cable seems far too light for a 1k pair of IEM's and at the connection end at the drivers - almost too delicate. I'd like to see a bit more robust and removable cables.


Edited by GSARider - 6/13/13 at 7:26am
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Originally Posted by GSARider View Post

I can compare to my Shure E5's, IE80's, IE800's -  I don't have the ER4's unfortunately.

Compared directly to the IE800's (so far, only had them a day) they have a very analytical sound. Lighter Bass, but a more forward midrange and clear highs. Sound stage is extremely good and to my ears they suit female vocals, guitar riffs, etc. The IE800's have a better sound with EDM and anything with a heavy bass beat, but then again I like a good dollop of bass in EDM music.

If I was to base my thoughts on just one song - this - http://mara80.bandcamp.com/album/mara-2 - Track 'Hey Jimmy'

They sound very, very good.

Things that I dislike about them - Cable seems far too light for a 1k pair of IEM's and at the connection end at the drivers - almost too delicate. I'd like to see a bit more robust and removable cables.
ya no doubt I would too for that price..thank you..and I'm still loving these ie80s.. I'm only on about twenty hours and I haven't really heard much difference..maybe I'm getting use to the sound as it changes a little bit..I've read somewhere around 200 hours they need.. Not sure it that's true or not..plus I really don't understand why people plug these in and play them for Maybe a week or so then listen to them...I really don't think I could wait that long.. It's like Christmas for me and I couldn't wait lol..anyways thank you..
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Originally Posted by GSARider View Post
 Lighter Bass

 

I really can't see how these are lighter in bass. Perhaps only in mid bass, the sub bass is plenty I tone them down 4 dbs.

 

I too come to the ie800 from the ie8s.

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Really? You think FAD IEM's have the same bass as an IE80/ IE800?
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I got the AUVIO tips from radioshack, thanks for the recommendation burtomr!  I always use M tips and Auvio M tips were perfect fit for me (excelent seal/comfort). None of the stock tips worked for me which is kind of ridicilous. Auvio's opening depth is slightly more than the stock double flange's. Did anyone compare auvio tips to stock tips in terms of sound?

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