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post #5581 of 5700
It all depends what you want from your listening. I use Spotify Premium. Any debateable lack of sound quality is more than offset by having such a vast selection of the worlds music library available.
I used to carry around an amp. Any loss of quality caused by not doing so is a trade for convenience that I am happy with.
Above all. Enjoy your music!
post #5582 of 5700
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Originally Posted by bestula View Post

I am not into streaming, I listen mostly Flac files...

IE80 do sound good with Iphone and easy to drive them with any average source on ejoyable level. (But sq noticeably improves with better source.)
Wimp streaming have the Flac quality, but therefore it is more expensive than Spotify, but more and more players invade the market, even phone companies offer their own music streaming, see the latest from Nokia.Sound quality will improve, this is only a matter of time, in some occasions i still download from iTunes and or buy cd's ( Peter Hammill, Van Der Graaf Generator) as i am a hardcore fan for 38 years😊
post #5583 of 5700

All of a sudden my left piece is producing extremely low sound, unfortunately it is not the cable, that would have been such an easy fix. Have anyone had this issue before or do anyone have tips about what i can do? I cant find the paper thingy for the warranty so unless i can fix them myself it seems i will need to buy a new pair.

post #5584 of 5700
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Originally Posted by deadich View Post
 

All of a sudden my left piece is producing extremely low sound, unfortunately it is not the cable, that would have been such an easy fix. Have anyone had this issue before or do anyone have tips about what i can do? I cant find the paper thingy for the warranty so unless i can fix them myself it seems i will need to buy a new pair.


maybe the grid is obstructed by ear wax? but I don't know if you can open it without breaking something.

the black plastic tube is attached to the shell itself with a system a little like a bayonet cap on a lightbulb(sorry I don't know how to describe it ^_^ maybe think of a camera lens hood, not the kind you clip, the kind you need to turn into a locked position) so turning the tube gets it in a position where you can take it out without theorically breaking it.  BUT /!\ they glue it to the shell, probably to avoid having people calling because they lost a piece. but depending on how well it's glued, it might just break appart intead of going into it's unlocked position.

I happened to unlock it while brute forcing some foam tips out of it once. but I glued it back to avoid risking to lose the part+tip in my ear, so I can't tell if there is a proper direction to turn.

 

all in all, risky business.

 

if it's really just wax, maybe just wear them to get the wax warm, and press a tissue on the grid hoping to suck a few wax out of it?

you could try taking just the grid appart, but I don't know if it's easy to put it back or if it affects the sound.

post #5585 of 5700
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Originally Posted by Ivabign View Post
 

IE80 and IE8 are pretty efficient and sound great directly out of a DAP - amp not really needed.

 

I think they pair really well with the Studio V and the Rocoo BA. Helps to lean out the sound a bit which brings more balance and detail.

post #5586 of 5700
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Originally Posted by castleofargh View Post
 

all in all, risky business.

 

if it's really just wax, maybe just wear them to get the wax warm, and press a tissue on the grid hoping to suck a few wax out of it?

you could try taking just the grid appart, but I don't know if it's easy to put it back or if it affects the sound.

 

Agreed. The screens are glued around their edges to the nozzle. They will pop out....and disappear in a split second....(been there, done that)...lol. I do not think you should try to remove the screen(s).

 

My way is to dampen a Q-Tip or Kleenex w/ rubbing alcohol (90%, not 70) and gently clean the screen.

 

A dental brush like these, used sideways, is also good for the job....just be gentle.

 

               

post #5587 of 5700
Got my Toxic Silver White paired with Meier Corda Quickstep active balanced. .
post #5588 of 5700

I bought a pair of these but found the sound disappointing :( They certainly didn't have much low bass but were very detailed in the mid so I did an empirical test:-

 

Using a sine wave generator app on my iPhone 5S set to 1kHz I adjusted the level so that the tone was at the limit of audibility.

 

I then increased the level roughly 6dB and then changed the frequency to find the upper and lower frequencies at the limit of audibilty.

 

The results were very interesting; the IE80's became inaudible above 8kHz and below 400Hz

 

The standard ear buds supplied with the 5S became inaudible above 10kHz and below 100Hz so had a much flatter frequency response. In fact to make the IE80's just audible at 100Hz I had to increase the drive by 10dB!

 

I don't think my IE80's were fakes but I did return them for a refund! 

 

I can certainly recommend the DiapasonAG waveform generator app! Hours of fun!!

post #5589 of 5700
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Originally Posted by MrTed View Post
 

I bought a pair of these but found the sound disappointing :( They certainly didn't have much low bass but were very detailed in the mid so I did an empirical test:-

 

Using a sine wave generator app on my iPhone 5S set to 1kHz I adjusted the level so that the tone was at the limit of audibility.

 

I then increased the level roughly 6dB and then changed the frequency to find the upper and lower frequencies at the limit of audibilty.

 

The results were very interesting; the IE80's became inaudible above 8kHz and below 400Hz

 

The standard ear buds supplied with the 5S became inaudible above 10kHz and below 100Hz so had a much flatter frequency response. In fact to make the IE80's just audible at 100Hz I had to increase the drive by 10dB!

 

I don't think my IE80's were fakes but I did return them for a refund! 

 

I can certainly recommend the DiapasonAG waveform generator app! Hours of fun!!

Did you use another headphone as a control?  Maybe its just your ears   :wink_face: 

post #5590 of 5700
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Originally Posted by MrTed View Post
 

I bought a pair of these but found the sound disappointing :( They certainly didn't have much low bass but were very detailed in the mid so I did an empirical test:-

 

Using a sine wave generator app on my iPhone 5S set to 1kHz I adjusted the level so that the tone was at the limit of audibility.

 

I then increased the level roughly 6dB and then changed the frequency to find the upper and lower frequencies at the limit of audibilty.

 

The results were very interesting; the IE80's became inaudible above 8kHz and below 400Hz

 

The standard ear buds supplied with the 5S became inaudible above 10kHz and below 100Hz so had a much flatter frequency response. In fact to make the IE80's just audible at 100Hz I had to increase the drive by 10dB!

 

I don't think my IE80's were fakes but I did return them for a refund! 

 

I can certainly recommend the DiapasonAG waveform generator app! Hours of fun!!

I have no idea what that "test" of yours was supposed to be?

I suggest you read a little about equal loudness contour, it will explain to you how wrong your idea was. both because what you hear flat at low level isn't flat at normal level listening, and because by setting a frequency we hear very loud close to mini, you make sure you will never hear very low or very high freqs. what you think of as flat signature, based on your technique, is for everybody else on earth known as amazingly V shaped.

 

also if changing the tips could make such a difference in the bass, then obviously you had bad sealing.

 

doing a very fast sweep just now I get some audible signal from 25hz(might very well be my own limit) up to 14khz(but really low and again my ears are not young).

 

here is a RAW measurement of the IE80

post #5591 of 5700

What my test showed was that under like for like conditions the IE80's have a severe mid peak compared to the iPhone buds, and that is how they sounded, my non-portable reference are HD800's.

 

I tried different tips on the IE80's but they always had a significant mid peak which is how they sounded, they were dynamic and detailed but not natural.

post #5592 of 5700

maybe it's fake?

post #5593 of 5700

My recent impressions...
I did like tape mod for IE80, but I do not like it anymore, since I own HD600.

I think, tape mod makes IE80 more 'closed' sounding. And it is absolutely unnecessary. 
Comparing the sounding of IE80 and HD600 in a sentence... IE80 might have a tad better bass, but in mids and highs HD600 is lightyears better...
So tape mod is not necessary imho. After using it for almost a year, I have realized, it just gives a more closed sounding. Forgetting tape mod is one step closer to the opened and airy sound of HD600.
HD600 is best sq, I have ever heard (with proper amp and source.), but IE80 is still a great portable option. If not the greatest for the money. (With proper isolation, of course.) My 2 cents right now...

post #5594 of 5700

Sell your IE80s and get FX850s ;).

post #5595 of 5700
Yes it does restrict the modulation a lot but the objective of the tape mod was to reduce the bases smear. I did one step up by going active balanced using the Meier Quickstep and its showing vast improvements throughout. Ican drive my HD650 with this portable amp comfortably to an appreciable level. but ome thing that you might not have done is to remove the front and rear foams. By removing these foams the veil is diminished and you make the HD6xx sound like an LCD2.
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