Originally Posted by Shriker
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
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.
With the round Comply foam tips included these were a great fit for me (I typically use medium tips), and provided plenty of isolation.
These are nowhere near the build quality of the zirconia housed pannys, so you'd need to be a little more careful with these.
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.)