250usd is too low.
I have IE8 with the Twag v2 cables and ie800 is still the clear winner despite me paying as much as the IE800 with that expensive twag cable.
I feel it's not for everyone and sennheiser might have up the bass too much for people's liking.
But there's actually singers who uses the IE8 for their concert, perhaps the noise was so much they felt the bass was lacking, thus on the ie800, the bass could be pumped up to make for the lower frequency loss at a concert.
Afterall it's quite a hefty price tagged IEM. They're probably looking at catering for singers who didn't like CIEMs.
sure the 250usd price is not for you, but my 250usd ex800st/7550 is a clear winner in most aspects and both share a similar tonality as well. although the ie800 really got rid of the midbass hump from ie8 and ie80 which is a very good thing, the bass is still overpowering even with tracks that doesnt require bass. its "transparency" alone is not worth a hundred dollars :P and that cable noise... even my soundmagic E30 doesnt have that kind of noise, the noise is as nasty as that 30usd vsonic VC02. also i think it has proprietary tips? not sure if we can change the tips (i didnt backread from the start, sorry)
and yep they are marketed for audiophiles, not singers. i bet this would be a seller if sennheiser tones down the bass for about 50%.