Originally Posted by James-uk
Thank you. They are both on my short list . I currently use se535 for portable use and I really like them but miss the detail I get from hd800s . I really like their warm easy signature though . Looking at the graphs the 846 seem to have a very similar signature to the 535s. Can you confirm that ? The only things putting me off the ie800s are non replaceable cable and worse isolation than I'm used to but I get the impression the sound will be better extended and more open.
I actually still have my se535's... To me, I find the 535's to sound much flatter than the se846's... the se846's sound better to me in almost every way and the lower impedance helps a lot with driving from mobile devices. I'm on the fence on whether or not to keep the se535's. The se535's are much more comfortable to wear than the se846's as they are lighter and almost disappear in to my ears. I may try some different comply tips with my se846's. I got some small Comply Tsx-100's to use with my 846's because I've never used them before and was curious but have found that I prefer the Tx-100's. In any case, once I go through these I'll switch back to see if it helps make them feel more comfortable. As far as sound goes, though, to my ears the se846's sound much more full than the 535's due to the extended sub bass.
As far as the cable goes on the ie800's, I really can't complain about it too much. The cable is made of kevlar and seems to be very durable. Others have mentioned the upper cable being a bit stiff but I find that after using it for a bit, it loosens up... In any case, I may contact sennheiser to see if it's defect or not.