Originally Posted by Marleybob217
So I bought these for 80 euros. They definitely seemed real, the sound signature matches the descriptions online.
I bought them from: http://myworld.ebay.nl/chunmei_518/?_trksid=p4340.l2559 he has a 99% positive feedback score, with over 1300 customers.
They had decent enough detail for in ears, good soundstage but the midbass was way to overpowering.
I liked the ie80s better than the shure se425s and I bought these from an authorised seller.
I did end up selling these because I like my closed headphones better in every single way.
I do think they were real, but take a look at the photos and see if you can see any anomalies.
EDIT: I did win them in an auction. 80 Euros was not the standard price.
Edited by BRAC - 1/8/13 at 9:07am
Sorry, but those are most definitely fakes. I did much research on this before buying my ie80 from an authorized dealer last month. The two most obvious tells, besides the pricing, are in the packaging. First, the foam inserts should fit the phones perfectly flush without any space around them. They fit snug and the cutouts are very precise on the genuine product. The fakes are said to have a more universal foam, like in the picture you posted above. Second, and the most obvious way to tell a fake, is the "S" on the brushed aluminum case. The genuine will have very smooth, long and gradual curves, whereas, the fake will have sharp, short and more defined curves at the top and bottom of the "S".