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post #5011 of 5567
I thought so.
No one could find the Sens bass light!!! Unless they had a poor seal maybe.
I had an interesting (to me at least) time with my 8's last night.
I hadn't listened to them for a couple of days. They sounded awful! Pretty much the same as I remember when I first heard them. Thick and muddy.
I tried a few different things. Including sticking a bit of tape over the bass screws. (AKA "The Tape Mod") that improved clarity but screwed with all the other frequencies. Very similar to switching phase on loudspeakers IMO.
Anyway after trying various different things I gave up and reverted to how I usually listen.
The muddiness had gone.
This leads me to believe that any change over time with the IE8's is down to my brains ability to tune out what it does not like.
I wonder if this is a phenomena that could be harnessed? Then maybe I will try telekinesis!
Edited by krismusic - 11/17/13 at 3:36am
post #5012 of 5567
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Originally Posted by krismusic View Post

I thought so.
No one could find the Sens bass light!!! Unless they had a poor seal maybe.
I had an interesting (to me at least) time with my 8's last night.
I hadn't listened to them for a couple of days. They sounded awful! Pretty much the same as I remember when I first heard them. Thick and muddy.
I tried a few different things. Including sticking a bit of tape over the bass screws. (AKA "The Tape Mod") that improved clarity but screwed with all the other frequencies. Very similar to switching phase on loudspeakers IMO.
Anyway after trying various different things I gave up and reverted to how I usually listen.
The muddiness had gone.
This leads me to believe that any change over time with the IE8's is down to my brains ability to tune out what it does not like.
I wonder if this is a phenomena that could be harnessed? Then maybe I will try telekinesis!

sure does sound weird indeed, I donno what it is but the more i listen to them the better they sound. If that makes any sense.

post #5013 of 5567
For all their faults there is something special about them.
post #5014 of 5567
Quote:
Originally Posted by krismusic View Post

I thought so.
No one could find the Sens bass light!!! Unless they had a poor seal maybe.
I had an interesting (to me at least) time with my 8's last night.
I hadn't listened to them for a couple of days. They sounded awful! Pretty much the same as I remember when I first heard them. Thick and muddy.
I tried a few different things. Including sticking a bit of tape over the bass screws. (AKA "The Tape Mod") that improved clarity but screwed with all the other frequencies. Very similar to switching phase on loudspeakers IMO.
Anyway after trying various different things I gave up and reverted to how I usually listen.
The muddiness had gone.
This leads me to believe that any change over time with the IE8's is down to my brains ability to tune out what it does not like.
I wonder if this is a phenomena that could be harnessed? Then maybe I will try telekinesis!


had the same experience with ie80, W4 and that chubby girl next door. at first nothing great, if you AB with something good you know what you'll vote for. but get to spend some times together and the unique way you can relax will win you over any defect. (can we write in here while drunk?)

post #5015 of 5567

mine kinda has a few scratches on it and what not, I wonder how much Sennheiser will charge me for it to be repaired. It saddens me not to see them perfect :D

post #5016 of 5567
I have mine turned up full whack. The tuning screw only affects low bass and I never understood why I would want less of that!
post #5017 of 5567

Hey guys.

 

My first decent IEMs were the Phonak Audéo which I liked a lot until I upgraded to the Vsonic GR07 MkII/ I had those for a year and I've just bought the IE 80 and am pleased with the incremental improvement in soundstage and bass. The treble is also slightly less sharp yet just as detailed. I bought them for £180 brand new on eBay.

 

Now before someone says it, they're not fake having done the research and spoken to the seller (he also has a store in London called Exchange Digital Ltd) and FB store Page etc. I was wary at first as he'd messed up the delivery by sending me some other guy's Bose headphones (BOSE!!) but we sent each other our respective products and everything went well. Seller refunded the postage costs and has been decent throughout. We all make mistakes I guess.

 

Anyway, registered them on the Sennheiser website for the 2yr warranty and confirmed genuine by checking for all the tells of a fake. All good.

 

I've also received the Zee's Athena 8x braided cable, I wasn't a fan of the stock cable, too rigid, not bendy enough and not as high quality feeling as the Vsonic cable which silver braided. I like that these offer customisation like this.

 

So far very pleased, saved quite a bit of money too at this price and they look as professional as they sound :)

 

 

I love how much more lively the bass response is, it's punchier and goes deeper but not boomy like Beats which I sampled in a store not long ago. Those things made my head ache.

 

The bass dial all the way left (how it came out of the box) means bass is max yes?


Edited by mrk - 11/20/13 at 10:26am
post #5018 of 5567
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Originally Posted by mrk View Post

 

The bass dial all the way left (how it came out of the box) means bass is max yes?

 

No. Clockwise rotation = increased bass

post #5019 of 5567
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Originally Posted by burtomr View Post
 

 

No. Clockwise rotation = increased bass

Cool, I couldn't tell a huge difference on the music I listen to but left felt more natural.

post #5020 of 5567
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Originally Posted by mrk View Post
 I wasn't a fan of the stock cable, too rigid, not bendy enough and not as high quality feeling as the Vsonic cable which silver braided. I like that these offer customisation like this.

 

 

everybody told me that a cable change would be the best possible upgrade on an IE80. yet the original cable is simply the best cable I've ever had. I'm talking comfort, tangling, and cable noises from movements. 

I've had better looking cable, and sturdier cable, but for everyday use, I wish I could put this cable on all my iems.

 

Quote:

Originally Posted by mrk View Post

I love how much more lively the bass response is, it's punchier and goes deeper but not boomy like Beats which I sampled in a store not long ago. Those things made my head ache.

 

The bass dial all the way left (how it came out of the box) means bass is max yes?

because the dial is affecting the sub bass region more than bass itself really, so depending on your source/music you might be hard pressed to tell the difference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

still in one post it looks like you heard the sound changing from the cable upgrade, but not from the bass dial... I'm a little puzzled.

post #5021 of 5567
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Originally Posted by castleofargh View Post
 

everybody told me that a cable change would be the best possible upgrade on an IE80. yet the original cable is simply the best cable I've ever had. I'm talking comfort, tangling, and cable noises from movements. 

I've had better looking cable, and sturdier cable, but for everyday use, I wish I could put this cable on all my iems.

 

because the dial is affecting the sub bass region more than bass itself really, so depending on your source/music you might be hard pressed to tell the difference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

still in one post it looks like you heard the sound changing from the cable upgrade, but not from the bass dial... I'm a little puzzled.

Yeah, I feel the same way because I find the cable on the IE8/80 series to be very supple, so I'm also a bit surprised that mrk found the stock cable as too rigid. 

post #5022 of 5567
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Originally Posted by castleofargh View Post
 

everybody told me that a cable change would be the best possible upgrade on an IE80. yet the original cable is simply the best cable I've ever had. I'm talking comfort, tangling, and cable noises from movements. 

I've had better looking cable, and sturdier cable, but for everyday use, I wish I could put this cable on all my iems.

 

because the dial is affecting the sub bass region more than bass itself really, so depending on your source/music you might be hard pressed to tell the difference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

still in one post it looks like you heard the sound changing from the cable upgrade, but not from the bass dial... I'm a little puzzled.

Not necessarily a difference in sound from the cables, the stock one I'm sure is very good, Sennheiser would not put a rubbish cable on a reference IEM like this but I just didn't like how they felt, ear guides were never my thing with any earphones that loop over the ear so the cable would be the next stop, if it was slippery or didn't hug the backs of the ears then I found the earphones would work loose (I walk 4-5 miles a day for work).

 

On the Vsonic I used the ear guides as they were good guides even if they were a bit of a pain to keep fitting back on as the cable would often sneak out of them when taking them out of the pouch.

 

The upgrade cable though is different, the sheath on each end is curved during the heat wrap process so always keeps that ear shape - no need for guides any more and the cable has a nicer feel to it which I like!

 

Edit*

I gues what I'm trying to say is that I liked the Vsonic cable a lot and missed that feel and this new cable has that same feel now with integrated guides so best of both worlds.


Edited by mrk - 11/20/13 at 12:01pm
post #5023 of 5567

if it's about how good they stay over the ear, then you're absolutely right, there are ways of improvement. ^_^

as I usually can't stand memory wires (or only very tiny weak ones), I didn't even think about that part. mea maxima culpa like used to say dudes wearing dresses.

post #5024 of 5567
Is anyone using the Fiio X3 with these? I am considering one as my next upgrade (from Clip Plus with Rockbox)

I have a feeling a better DAP will get more out of these and the X3 seems like a good value option. Would love to hear from someone who has maybe gone from a Clip Plus to an X3 and the differences they have noticed and ultimately if it is worth the upgrade?

The Clip Plus has a good neutral sound but I wonder if the X3 will be more musical and 'hi-fi' sounding?

I would like a more sparkly treble, a detailed mid and a deep extended bass (I know, a lot of people want this lol)

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
post #5025 of 5567
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Originally Posted by e30pilot View Post

Is anyone using the Fiio X3 with these? I am considering one as my next upgrade (from Clip Plus with Rockbox)
 

 

You should put the iBasso DX-50 on your short list, too.  Great reviews, low price.

 

Ref:  http://www.head-fi.org/t/679473/ibasso-dx50-thread-new-4-firmware-update-v1-2-2

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