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post #796 of 1832
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Originally Posted by james444 View Post

 

Yeah, I got that one. Just wondered which genres you think are more average and easier to get right?


Pop, R&B, Rap, Hip-hop, Country, 80, 90, most mainstream music these days. Older music from the 50s to 70s could be more of a hit or miss depending on the equipment and synergy. But still I think Rock is one of the hardest to really get right. Lots of variables that will make Rock sound off lol.

post #797 of 1832
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Originally Posted by lee730 View Post

Pop, R&B, Rap, Hip-hop, Country, 80, 90, most mainstream music these days. Older music from the 50s to 70s could be more of a hit or miss depending on the equipment and synergy. But still I think Rock is one of the hardest to really get right. Lots of variables that will make Rock sound off lol.

 

Just guessing, but maybe rock happens to be one of your preferred genres, so you just have the clearest conception of how it should sound. Other fellow member who're experts for other genres would probably say the same for those. Most of the genres you mention use similar instruments and recording techniques, so it's hard to imagine why rock would be more difficult to get right on an objective scale.

 

That said, I do like the IE800 with rock... for the most part. I think they've got great drive, rhythm and crunch. Just wished the crash and rides had a tad more weight.

post #798 of 1832
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Originally Posted by james444 View Post

 

Just guessing, but maybe rock happens to be one of your preferred genres, so you just have the clearest conception of how it should sound. Other fellow member who're experts for other genres would probably say the same for those. Most of the genres you mention use similar instruments and recording techniques, so it's hard to imagine why rock would be more difficult to get right on an objective scale.

 

That said, I do like the IE800 with rock... for the most part. I think they've got great drive, rhythm and crunch. Just wished the crash and rides had a tad more weight.


Rock tends to have a lot going on in terms of space within the sound stage in comparison to a lot of other genres. So in that things can get rather cluttered or congested if the gear is not up to par. I do have a preference for rock but I also have a preference for all of those other genres as well. Besides country ;). Even playing Rock music from other sources is still hard to get to sound "right" lol. I feel the same in regards to playing it in the car, even from the radio. Also note there is a lot of different types of rock as well. I feel when listening to Rock in the car it tends to sound quite harsh in the treble and bass can be a  bit overpowering depending on the tracks. Even using EQ in that scenario things won't sound right. I've just always found this particular genre to be difficult to sound really good. But I've found that perfect combo. Happens to go well with most music as well besides rock :).


Edited by lee730 - 1/12/13 at 2:29pm
post #799 of 1832
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Originally Posted by lee730 View Post

Rock tends to have a lot going on in terms of space within the sound stage in comparison to a lot of other genres.

 

You're not talking about the "Two Guitars, Bass and Drums" kind of rock, are you?  wink.gif

post #800 of 1832
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Originally Posted by lee730 View Post

Nice. Rock is a bit harder than your average genres to get right on IEMs :).
 

 

The IE800 does a great wall of sound and it also does well with rock that has cleaner instrumentation. It has good pace and rhythm. Add in bass slam that goes deep, it is quite a fine rock headphone.

 

In other words... It rocks!  biggrin.gif


Edited by cooperpwc - 1/12/13 at 5:07pm
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post #802 of 1832

Much thanks to James for this Sennheiser collar clip which is great for wearing the IE800 over the ears and behind the head. Attached it tucks right into the case. Is that cool or what?

 

 

post #803 of 1832

^ You're welcome, glad you like it :)

post #804 of 1832

anyone has the heir 4ai/3ai to compare the ie800s with? I am planning on either of the 3 and I have no idea which one I should get :<

post #805 of 1832

Tried out the IE800 outside today. The comments on it masking outside noise with the low rumbling bass are all spot on. It´s a bit scary how you can´t even hear a car pass by. Maybe the guys speculating about the tuning being made partly in order to make these sound better outside are right. It also feels great to have cold air move enter the ears. The earplug feeling with armature IEMs just isn´t there in the same way. 

 

One other thing: the attention-demanding sound signature, especially the mids kind of masks the microphonics. Sure microphonic noises are there, but you can´t really concentrate on it much due to your mind moving to follow the lyrics/mids almost automatically. It isn´t perfect, but better than I expected.

 

PS: +1 for the rock genre comments. Walls of sound have nice depth, the drivers have no problems rendering all the layers correctly. Drums have nice kick to them, especially the lower bass ones. My Ultimate Ears 700 (got them for 50 euros at Amazon, nice deal) sound extremely boring now. All in all the sound signature is coherent and well separated (although not all that airy) without the common multi-armature driver sound where different instruments sound as if from different speakers (which they often are). The midrange is never blurred and appears out of nowhere, even in the middle of a wall of sound. Genres that thrive on dynamics such as rock/electronica sound very nice in low volume too, which is very rare in my experience. Actually the midrange might sound even better then, as the deep bass rumbling isn´t as prominent. The background is blacker then so the vocals seem like they appear even more out of complete darkness in a way that actually sounds similar to electrostatic earspeakers.

 

PPS: my IE800 also makes an audible mini spring-like click if I press on the shells. It doesn´t happen when I just move my head around. Not sure if it happens when music is playing, can´t seem to hear it at least. I can only hear it when music isn´t playing. Seems to happen more easily on the right driver, but also happens on the left one if I press the right way. Doesn´t bother me at all though and I actually have a feeling it´s a harmless/by design side effect of the driver stabilization/venting system or something similar.

post #806 of 1832
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Originally Posted by vrln View Post

Tried out the IE800 outside today. The comments on it masking outside noise with the low rumbling bass are all spot on. It´s a bit scary how you can´t even hear a car pass by. Maybe the guys speculating about the tuning being made partly in order to make these sound better outside are right. It also feels great to have cold air move enter the ears. The earplug feeling with armature IEMs just isn´t there in the same way. 

 

One other thing: the attention-demanding sound signature, especially the mids kind of masks the microphonics. Sure microphonic noises are there, but you can´t really concentrate on it much due to your mind moving to follow the lyrics/mids almost automatically. It isn´t perfect, but better than I expected.

 

 

Out of curiosity, are you listening at quite high volumes? Hong Kong is very noisy and the IE800 seems like two different IEMs in quiet and noisy environments....

 

Thanks...

post #807 of 1832

hmm... i just simply tried it about 3 hours ago in my local dealer.

 

This ie800 not bad, can hear it easily layer by layer of the instruments which is good separation. Warmer sound signature compare to UERM, it won't fatigue your ears, good for long hours listening. It was like a mini dynamic headphone, "wave" extension... hmm... not bad. Good isolation, but not as good as custom made. Less sensitive compare to UERM, veiled compare to UERM, laid back compare to UERM... it could be improved by adding an amp... hmm, down to personal preference.

 

and a short cable length though..


Edited by YoengJyh - 1/17/13 at 7:08am
post #808 of 1832

Here's a short interview that I did with Axel Grell at CES discussing the IE800's chaps.Just got round to getting it edited...smily_headphones1.gif

 


 

post #809 of 1832

^ Informative video. Thanks!

 

There is no suggestion of different lower cable choices, just the ability to replace the included one if it breaks. If that really is the only reason for the two-part cable and clunky connector, I think that it is a poor design choice (one of several in relation to the cable). 

post #810 of 1832

Yep agreed, I'm not a big fan of the two part cable set up on the IE800's, although Axell did mention off camera that the stress testing of the cable shows that it is 3 to 4 times more durable than most of their earbud cables - can't remember the actual figures that he quoted in thousands, but it was quite high.
 

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