Originally Posted by FlySweep
Nulliverse.. how would you rate the IE800's speed? Also.. is there any noticeable midbass emphasis or is it pretty flat through the bass frequencies?
Bass sounds pretty linear to me. If there's a mid bass boost, I can't detect it. The bottom end reminds me slightly of the 5X actually, albeit with less refinement, speed and sub capability (understandably). It's only there when it needs to be, and never encroaches on other frequencies. Speed is more difficult to judge, as I currently own only predictably faster BA sets. It cetainly never comes across as slow, or cumbersome. Decay feels very natural and is never overdone. Rumble is there when called for.
I'm with Eric10 in hearing these as a midcentric phone... but make no mistake, these are bright, aggressive, and almost edgy at times. Smooth they are not. In that way, I can relate to others hearing them as more analytical, or fatiguing. I'm hearing forward upper-mids, to go with forward treble, which gives them startling clarity. This, combined with the exceptional dynamics, depth and 3d layering, make for a truly unique signature.
I'm def agreeing that comfort is a challenge. I've hundreds of tips and have only found 3 pairs that don't bother me during extended listening. They sound as good to me with shallow insertion as they do deep. Just different.
Will give some more holistic impressions once I've finally found the right tip match. These phones are picky! Still, am blown away at how these perform.
Edit: I forgot about my MH1Cs, which bass wise have gobs more emphasis and far less speed. Also, my experience of the IE800s being midcentric may be influenced by my amp (TTVJ Slim).Edited by Nulliverse - 1/24/13 at 2:17pm