I'm just curious if you have small ears? I really think you had major fit issues with the IE7s. Those things fit so well into my ear that they actually fit too well. My ear would pretty much eat them up while in your case it seems the driver was too big for your ears. I found the bass to be about even with the IE8 on stock settings and no mid bass issues. The IE7s also has a wonderful mid range that I feel rivals the SE530s. Treble was more it's weak point and bass could use more control. I'd say the quality of bass though is better than the coppers.
No way the IE7's could compete with the se535's.
I've heard both, and although I think that £45 is the MAX I would pay for the IE7's and £180 is MAX I would pay for the se535's I don't find the ie7's win on any categories against the se535's.
I had no fit issues, It's just the way the IE7's were designed, over-the-ear + have an open shaped nozzle, with stock tips that aren't deep insertion tips.
The order for the Sennheiser MX 980 was canceled. Thanks to Amazon for doing nothing about the order for 3 days.
Here is the confession:
The EX600 has finally taken over the earbuds. I have not used the buds for the last 3 days. I don't know if this kicked in due to more burn-ins (brain and the toy), but right now I really enjoys the music with the EX600. While I wish the highs could be a little less harsh, I also realize that some of the stuff may have something to do with the recording quality and the lower bitrates. Therefore, I am converting everything to the 320 kbps. My computer is probably overheated doing this and it scares me to hear the noise from the fans running.
I almost ordered the IE80 (thanks to lee730 for the info) but now I put that on hold as well. For now I just want to enjoy the music with the EX600. I know I will get another pairs in the near future to extend my enjoyment of listening to the music.
I bought my son a Beats Studio (knowing a overpriced mediocre headphone) since he likes it. Now I have convinced him of retuning it and getting a better headphone and IEM instead. He mostly listens to hip-hop, pop and rap. Any recommendations are appreciated.
I'm glad you took back the beats - they are shockingly bad - especially the studios..I can't put it into words.
I suggest you look at the XB500/700's and yes, they are almost 1/3 if not 1/5 of the price...