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post #286 of 428

Yeah, but did you see the price for the RCS800? 150 EUR / GBP... Are they INSANE? For a cable? They can argue that 1000 USD for headphones is justified with R&D and manufacturing spend (thought that is questionable as well). But what is worth 200 USD in a damn cable...

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Yeah, but did you see the price for the RCS800? 150 EUR / GBP... Are they INSANE? For a cable? They can argue that 1000 USD for headphones is justified with R&D and manufacturing spend (thought that is questionable as well). But what is worth 200 USD in a damn cable...

 

It's obvious, you need to visit the Tralucent thread.

 

Then come back here and thank Sennheiser for being modest. ;)

 

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Just to be clear on the Tralucent cables. Supplied with them you can get either the pure silver cables or the pure silver with gold cables. On a standalone basis these cables cost 400 and 600$ respectively. The "uber cable" is something else entirely. Other iem cable manufacturers do not do comparable cables are they are solid core silver/gold with teflon shielding. They are 1300$. Some cable providers do such cables for headphones such as LCD3 or the like, and they are at comparable prices.

post #288 of 428

Well... that's the thing, though - there's little special about the IE800 cables to begin with. I mean the IE8s and the IE80s have replacement cables for 20-30GBP. I would have expected maybe 50 given the microphone and all. But 150 is insane. Would have expected that a decent mass manufacturer such as Sennheiser would have more sense than that.

 

I am on the verge of buying the IE800s and now am reconsidering. Want to be able to use them as a phone handsfree without dishing another 200 bucks just for the pleasure of it. Does anyone know if third-party cables for other headphones would work? I seem to remember that Shure had a similar 2.5mm to 3.5mm cable for some of their headphones at one point or another...

post #289 of 428
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Just a thought, I use them with the wireless Samsung HS3000 headset, as described in my review on page 1. Costs €40 for the HS3000 and €5 for the Nokia AD-53 (2.5mm to 3.5mm) adapter. Easily the most convenient way of wearing the IE800 and sounds virtually indistinguishable from a wired connection when you're on the move.

post #290 of 428

Hadn't thought of that. Thanks. Not exactly aesthetically pleasing but should do the job. I already have a Jabra Clipper which I'm not using so it will do. Guess I'll have to wait until Sennheiser realize their insanity and have a sale on the RCS cables :)

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Just a thought, I use them with the wireless Samsung HS3000 headset, as described in my review on page 1. Costs €40 for the HS3000 and €5 for the Nokia AD-53 (2.5mm to 3.5mm) adapter. Easily the most convenient way of wearing the IE800 and sounds virtually indistinguishable from a wired connection when you're on the move.

Someone should get on making short replaceable cables with choice of connectors for such use. I doubt demand would be huge but it could be an offering.
post #292 of 428

Just checked and there are quite a few 2.5 to 3.5mm short audio cables on Amazon for 2-3GBP. That should take care of the need for the Nokia adapter as well...

post #293 of 428
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Whichever adapter you choose, just make sure that its 2.5mm plug has the same kind of 'ridge' as the Nokia AD-53, because the IE800's jack is a little bit recessed:

 

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post #294 of 428

Will do. Thanks for the advise. I just hope that at some point Sennheiser would come to its senses re the price of their first party cables...

post #295 of 428

So after one year of of casually pondering on the idea of purchasing the IE800 I decided to go with the purchasing of the IE800 from DWI for 711 AUD including Shipping and handling (A2A was impossible to bargain with :-D )

 

Now the wait games begin. 

post #296 of 428

Who's DWI ?

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I picked up a pair (seems they were sat with dealer for a while, with a serial number in the 97xx range!) on Friday just gone (whilst waiting for my PS4 to be delivered!

 

...I think they're great :)

 

...Very happy - IMO much better transparency / tonal balance when compared to the Sony EX1000 (which sounds brash by comparison)...

post #299 of 428
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Someone should get on making short replaceable cables with choice of connectors for such use. I doubt demand would be huge but it could be an offering.

I bet you would be surprised out in the field there are complaints about extra long cables getting snagged and  resulting in damage to the cable or equipment maybe they should offer 2 different lengths as some do.

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I picked up a pair (seems they were sat with dealer for a while, with a serial number in the 97xx range!) on Friday just gone (whilst waiting for my PS4 to be delivered!

 

...I think they're great :)

 

...Very happy - IMO much better transparency / tonal balance when compared to the Sony EX1000 (which sounds brash by comparison)...

 

Congrats and welcome to the club! :smile_phones:

 

To me, these are very different beasts. I prefer the EX1000 for home listening and believe their tonal balance is overall a bit better than the IE800's in quiet surroundings. However, the Sonys are strictly no-go for on-the-go (;)) and I'll pick the Senns any time over them when I'm out and about.

 

Seeing you have a HTC One (M7) listed among your sources, I encourage you to try the IE800 with an aptX enabled wireless headset (as described in my review). To me it's the most comfortable and transparent mobile solution I've ever experienced.

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