Hey fellow headfier, this is your long waited Sennheiser IE80 Inital impression and whats inside the box thread.
I will update my full review in this post!! Please do comment and ask questions.
From the moment I cut open the box that Sennheiser sent to me, I can instantly tell something,
this is going to be....German....
The attention to detail in the packaging itself is fantastic, the IE80's shiny earpiece are sitting right there waiting
you to explore them.
Once you open the box, you will find the carrying case and a silvery paper box which carries the different eartips,
clip, and earhook also a instruction/quick start menu.
The carrying case seems to be the same one for the old IE8 with the extra tip(2set) holder on top and the
cleaning/tuning tool on the bottom.
The build quality of the IE80 is really German, precise and well built, the plastic housing now has a bit of metallic powder
mixed in to give it a extra bit of uniqueness over the IE80. Also, the cable seems to be the same connector(don't know about
inside) as for the IE8.
Now...the Sound [I never auditioned the IE8]
The initial impression of them (unboxed it about 30minutes ago...),
I kept the bass setting on the lowest as it came from the factory,
I found if I adjust it higher past second dot, the detail tends to break
down when it gets more complex. The IE80 is fairly quick for a dynamic based IEM,
but still not on par with the GR07.
The forward bass made the mids feels slightly recessed, but the mids doesn't
feel veiled, its clear and warm, feels very smooth and clear.
IE80's treble carries a smooth presentation, but right now when it's raw out of the box,
there is a small bit of sibilance which might be solved as hours goes on.
Presentation is always a big selling point of the IE8, which I think did get
carry on with this newer model, the soundstage is stunning,the presentation is wide,
and the headroom you get is simply amazing with very good depth.
Isolation with the IE80 is not bad for a vented dynamic IEM, if you can find the proper tip
that seals perfectly, its not that bad, just a bit less isolation than the GR07.
Edited by throzen0303 - 11/17/11 at 7:24pm