"Here we go again", I know that's what your all thinking, but go easy on me, it's my first post here =D
Right, so I bought a set of IE8i's off ebay just after Christmas (£189.99 advertised as 100% Genuine Brand New etc), and after reading through most of the info here already, specifically SolidVictory's thread on Fake IE8 comparison's, i'm convinced that these are NOT fakes.
What i've been using until now were a basic set of Philips worth about £40 or something, and from what I can tell the IE8's aren't a big improvement. These are my first set of high-end IEM's so shouldn't I notice a massive difference straight out of the box regardless of burn-in etc? I mean they definitely sound good, but not mind-blowing (which is what i'd expect for £200 after reading such amazing reviews)
Im working with a band at the minute who all use high-end IEMs (some Shure some Westone and a couple with JH-Audio customs) and after they had a wee listen tonight they pretty much said the same as me "they're good, but not £200 good".
Should I get some custom mould's made for them and see if the 'perfect fit' sorts everything out? Someone else posted here with a link to Sensaphonic's and from listening to the different frequencies 50-500Hz, i'm pretty sure my seal is good.
The overall sound seems good to me, but i'm just disappointed so far. Even the bass is pretty 'meh' turned up full, its flat and weak instead of kicking my head off (not that that's what I want, but it'd just be nice to know that the IE8's are as crazy as everyone says they are).
And i'm aware about the burn-in confusion too. Has anyone here had a set that stayed pretty average within the first 50 hours use, and then suddenly became amazing after that? I know burn-in can take 100's of hours, but shouldn't that just be for minor details?
Anyways, like I said, I don't believe these are fakes. Im just looking your guys advice and to see if anyone has had a similar experience.
Thanks for your time!