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After further review, I'm not going to keep my IE800's. Though they are very smooth, there's a slight bit of grain in the mids that I perceived, and the sub bass is too poor for me to keep. They tend to slightly distort at lower bass frequencies (my UE 700's already do that!), and since I have the JVC HA-FXT90's and though they don't have the detail retrieval of the IE800's, it's only a slight edge for the 800's, and the JVC's handle any type of bass thrown at it. The treble/timbre also reminds me of the SHE3580's, and those are $150+ cheaper and I already own them. So I'll be selling my IE800's and moving on. Thanks for making them available to me, zach915m!


Edited by IEMagnet01 - 11/18/13 at 7:44pm
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These currently cost €30 on Amazon Germany.

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The IE800's are currently $80-100 US in the states, and most of them have to be imported. 

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Magnet - what source are you using? I never had distortion even when I used eq to ramp up the sub bass! I'm wondering if you have them more power how they would respond.

I have heard good things about the keh m200, seemingly a similar but more robust sound sig if you want more bass.
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i used a sansa rockbox'd (FLAC) with the EQ set for sub bass response and treble response, with a fiiO E11 amp and LOD. They sound really smooth and with great details when unamped, but the bass was left wanting. When I played with the amp, the sub bass distorted when I turned the volume up even half way. So I realized these are far too mid-centric for my tastes. Thank you though for making them available to me, but as you are well aware of in this hobby, it's all a trial and error kinda thing, and on to the next one lol I'm gonna look up the keh m200. I also have the Sony XBA-30 on order. Good deal. Triple driver like my old UE TF 10's, and supposedly a marked improvement sound wise over the older Sony XBA-3.

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Will be interested to hear your thoughts on the sony.  I have found with my rock-box'd Sansa Clip that the EQ doesn't work well as it has distorted headphones that don't otherwise distort.  I have been more than happy with the Fiio X3 despite the lack of eq options.  Does the e11 have bass boost options?

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Yeah. The E11 has two boost options and a flat option. 

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I think these sound really great with the X3. They give it much needed space and treble energy.

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The X3 looks fantastic. $200.00 smeckers though. Maybe I should have invested in one of those instead of the XBA-30's?

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I don't know I haven't heard the xba 30!

I was always used to using a portable amp with my sony nwz player and now that I have my x3 my rsa intruder sits around more. The x3 has enough power for most headphones to sound fantastic.

Anyways though, I always did find the tdk to eq well even if it did need a touch of bass for certain songs in the eq. I would guess the xba sounds faster bc of the armatures, but I haven't heard it.
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I'll fill you in as soon as I get them. I'm really looking forward to listening to them. As far as the IE800's, I spent yesterday experimenting with source, EQ, and tips, and though I came close to keeping them, as soon as I started using my UE 700's again, I realized between them , my JVC's, and the incoming XBA-30's, these are odd man out with the uncomfortable housing.
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Due to a buyer bailing out at the last minute on a deal to purchase my IE800, I've decided just to keep them. I put some Sony Hybrid tips on them, and the bass has a slight boost, and I'm getting used to the sound signature. This means I spent money I no longer have on my Sony XBA-30's, but they should be here soon from Japan, and I'll give a review and comparison as soon as they arrive. 

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selling my IE 800's for cheap

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Originally Posted by Shriker View Post

Surprised no ones mentioned or compared these to the Panasonic RP-HJE900. Can anyone comment on how they compare since i have the pannys but kinda wanna try the IE800 just because but im not convinced that they'd be any better. The size concerns me too since i have very wee little mouse ears.
 
I owned the Panasonics for 2 years before they went missing somewhere...I just purchased the IE800s, and there is a huge difference between these two. 
Genre: EDM (lots of vocals) /Hip Hop/ Indie
Sound
Bass: Extends well; not as impactful as pannys; a little slower - still more than acceptable for those who like bass, but aren't bassheads.
Mid: Amazing, much better than the pannys (Midcentric signature) - really brought out what the pannys lacked. Great clarity. 
Treble: Still extends very well, but it missed that extra little shine that the pannys had for me, but other panny owners found that aspect fatiguing.
Fit
With the round Comply foam tips included these were a great fit for me (I typically use medium tips), and provided plenty of isolation.
Build
These are nowhere near the build quality of the zirconia housed pannys, so you'd need to be a little more careful with these.
Cabling/Microphonics
Cables are flat. Not sure how I feel about them compared to the pannys. Microphonics are pretty bad, but the shirt clip helps a lot. 
 
Overall The TDK headphones sound amazing, and I honestly prefer them over the pannys. It may be different for you though if you value the lower ends much more, but the IE800s perform more than well enough there for me. The sound stage is much bigger, and the imaging is better. Great balance overall, and it filled the missing gap in the Pannys (the mids) that I didn't know I craved. 
***(I picked mines up new for $75 off ebay, so I definitely got a steal. Well worth every penny, and gladly would've paid more in retrospect.)
 
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The IE800's may play better than the Panasonics, but they fop like a t**d against the JVC FXT90. The FXT has better resolution, and the bass is way better textured and extended to sub bass. The highs are clearer and more extended as well. The only thing the TDK's do better is present smoother mids. The mids of the 90's are a tad aggressive at times, but otherwise, the sound sig from the IE800's is boring and lacks meat. Especially for a dual dynamic?! How is that even possible?! The IE800's were still better than the XBA-30's. The IE800 kinda remind me of my VSD1S, minus the fact that once again the Vsonics provide more detailed and pronounced bass. 

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