Originally Posted by Ditti
I listened to the TDK ie800 and I agree that the signature is similar to the BA 200 which I own. A little bit thinner and more promounced highs. I am not sure about sub-bass on either the BA200 or TDK ie800. Quite frankly, I don't see a need for the ie800 because I find the mods and highs of the BA200 to be much smoother and acceptable.
That's where I found the tdk let me down in the highs. Relatively speaking, they just sound a bit muffled, which despite the great separation and details makes them sound less crisp, airy and real as they could. I think with a lot of these dual drivers of either type, it seems like they needs to choose to focus on two of the three frequency ranges. low, mid or high. A lot of BA seem to go with their strength and focus on mid and high. Dynamics seem to focus on low and mid or low and high. I realize there are a mix of all of them, but those seem most common.
The ba200 seems to have done a good job focusing mainly on low and mid flatness, but sort of going with all three really, at the cost of the high treble and lowest bass. Almost like mid focused (not to be confused with mid-centric) with less focus on lows and highs, but still overall really good. If I had to pinpoint it, i'd say they really tried to make everything from the bass to treble flow smoothly together as one unit. But again, at the cost of not having the greatest treble extension. If the IE800 has a similar sound, but better highs I'd be all over it.