Originally Posted by dweaver
My pair should be here Thursday or Friday. The discussion on these sounds very promising. My only concern is mention of them sounding like the FXT90 which worries me a bit as I found that headphone so be a bit harsh and to grainy for my liking. Is it a case of these being sort of like that headphone but without it's issues?
The only similarity I can draw is the two phones having emphasized upper-mids, which gives great crunch to electric guitars. I can't draw any other similarities between other aspects of their signatures.
The IE800 has much tighter bass with no mid-bass hump, much airier / more transparent mids, highs that are far more refined and extend higher. Soundstage is also significantly wider, deeper and more open on the TDKs.
Don't get me wrong... I loved the FXT90s... I just heard the sig as more aggressive, in-your-face, more consumer orientated, and considerably less refined. The IE800s have a distinctive elegance that Eric10 quite rightly associates with the RE-262. Flysweep also uses the word "romantic", which is certainly not a word I'd use to describe the FXT90s, which in contrast, have a rougish charm.