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post #196 of 451
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Originally Posted by music_4321 View Post

though my guess is that someone based in New Zealand might find that pairing rather "thin, cold and uninspiring."  ;)




 

its the rarified atmosphere and clean air down here - sound waves travel with less resistance hence a lighter sound signature tongue_smile.gif

post #197 of 451
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Originally Posted by hedphonz View Post

i have owned mine since xmas last year and the only change in sound was my own perception - i went through phases of EQ'ing the bass down, using it amped and unamped and ended up back to listening to them just as they are - no eq and no amp.

 

 

I certainly relate to this. I go in stages. I went for about six weeks using no EQ and thinking that it was just fine - as in why would I want to EQ? Then recently I have discovered the bass control in Rockbox which uses the EQ circuit but with carefully developed profiles for bass enhancement or reduction. I am now of the mind that decreasing bass by either 1.5 dB or 3 dB depending on the music, with a bass cutoff of 3 (Rockbox has four bass cutoff options, 1 through 4), really can take the IE800 to the next level.

 

And I still use no bass reduction for some 70s rock with crappy underproduced bass.

 

When used this way, the IE800 bass is actually very flexible. I would much rather EQ bass down than up. One can then leave the other frequencies untouched without risk of distortion.

 

Anyway that is where I am this week. Bass EQ is back in style.

 

I have had the IE800 for several months now. The cable issue still pisses me off. (Just offering a longer second section as a purchase option would resolve it but I see no evidence that they will.) However, I otherwise continue to be amazed and delighted by these IEMs. 

post #198 of 451
I briefly tested the IE800 with my Logitech airline adapter, which I believe is simply a 75 Ohm (?) resistance adapter. Seems to balance/level out the overall sound signature quite nicely. Granted, the IE800 will also require significantly more volume, but the end result may be worth it for some. Anyone else attempted this yet, or care to and report back?
post #199 of 451
Just thought I'd share a track that the IE800 renders ever so beautifully:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pln6pZ6jho
Edited by Oof Oink - 5/7/13 at 2:23pm
post #200 of 451

great review, but the price for a universal iem? Debatable.

post #201 of 451

The price itself is probably fine for the market and how it is shaping out to be. 

 

What is in-excusable is the terrible design of the cable hampering usability for listening on the commute. This is why I will never recommend this headphone to anyone.

post #202 of 451

^ While I very much share the complaints about the cable, this conclusion is OTT in my view. When wearing a coat with an upper pocket, usability (over the ears, behind the head and clipped to my collar) is very good. Otherwise an extension cable is often required. An annoying flaw but not fatal.

 

The frustrating part is that if they had just added two inches above the cinch, the entire usage experience would change so much for the better.

post #203 of 451
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^ While I very much share the complaints about the cable, this conclusion is OTT in my view. When wearing a coat with an upper pocket, usability (over the ears, behind the head and clipped to my collar) is very good. Otherwise an extension cable is often required. An annoying flaw but not fatal.

 

The frustrating part is that if they had just added two inches above the cinch, the entire usage experience would change so much for the better.

IMO the cable by itself is not too bad. What's bad is actually the fact that Sennheiser has designed these to be worn cable-down instead of up like with the others in the IE line up. Combined that with the monstrously heavy Y-split and the end result is screaming microphonics into my ears. Granted, the cable shirt clip included by Custom Cable in wonderful in cases like this, but it does not completely solve the problem. I now share James' sentiment when he said that he'd like the IE800's design to be the same that of its predecessor rolleyes.gif 

post #204 of 451
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Originally Posted by 3nenbgumi View Post

IMO the cable by itself is not too bad. What's bad is actually the fact that Sennheiser has designed these to be worn cable-down instead of up like with the others in the IE line up. 

 

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The frustrating part is that if they had just added two inches above the cinch, the entire usage experience would change so much for the better.

 

Yes that extra two inches (or ideally even more) would make it possible for these to be worn up and in front. 

post #205 of 451

I will be in touch on Monday 3nenbgumi

 

I wonder if the IE800 MFI lead when it arrives makes the headphone lead longer than the 1.1m.


Edited by PhilW - 5/11/13 at 10:09am
post #206 of 451
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Originally Posted by custom-cable View Post

I will be in touch on Monday 3nenbgumi

 

I wonder if the IE800 MFI lead when it arrives makes the headphone lead longer than the 1.1m.

Oh sorry if you thought that I was moaning. Definitely not - most of my head time with the IE800 is indoor thought, and the IE80 handles it when I'm out and about, so microphonics are not too much a pain in the neck. And thanks for the shirt clip - that was really well thought of.

 

Again thanks a bunch for the extra after-sales service. biggrin.gif 

post #207 of 451
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Originally Posted by custom-cable View Post

 

I wonder if the IE800 MFI lead when it arrives makes the headphone lead longer than the 1.1m

MFI lead - whats that ?

post #208 of 451

MFI means Made for iPhone. I think that we are privy to an industry scoop.

post #209 of 451
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Originally Posted by cooperpwc View Post

MFI means Made for iPhone. I think that we are privy to an industry scoop.

oh - - no interest to me then - still have bad memories of doing simple stuff like copying/moving files through itunes - put me off for life 

post #210 of 451

An iPhone remote is of no use to me either. Still I'm glad if they are setting a precedent for alternative cable choices.

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