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post #316 of 498
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I love these headphones, but i gotta be honest......I find the treble pronounced and a touch irritating in longer listening session, particularly if I am on an airplane and have the volume up.   Still not sure I'm gonna get something else....there's too much i like about these.  Do others have thoughts about this?   

 

How about trying to dampen the highs a bit? The IE800 have metal grills at both the nozzle and tip opening, which makes it quite easy to dampen and smooth out their highs by placing a small piece of foam or microfiber cloth in between these grills.

post #317 of 498
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OK, it may look like I am padding my posts to get a higher number, but after I made my last post (#313 in this thread) I noticed my post count was at 799 - and I just had to make post #800 show up in this thread....  

 

Totally understandable. Congrats on two 800s! ;) 

post #318 of 498
Ie800 works great with all daps however paired with something like 627x or mhd q7 the sound scale ups considerably more. With 627x sounds becomes very organics and midrange becomes as thick as it can get where as with mhd q7 sound becomes more u shaped. All and all beside the ergonomic issues mentioned out of the box it sounds very similar to ck100pro with ie800 having more relaxed highs.
post #319 of 498
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How about trying to dampen the highs a bit? The IE800 have metal grills at both the nozzle and tip opening, which makes it quite easy to dampen and smooth out their highs by placing a small piece of foam or microfiber cloth in between these grills.

 

Tried that with a piece of tea bag material, but I felt like it dulled the mids a bit too.   Will experiment with some other materials.
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Of all IEMs I've heard, the Fitear ToGo 334 reminded me most of the LCD-2 rev2.

The new Sony XBA-H3 too sound somewhat reminiscent of the Audezes to my ears, though their bass is too bloated out of the box. But with a small mod to block their vents they turn into serious top-tier contenders with bottomless tight bass (more than the EX1000), excellent resolution and shimmering (but non-offensive) highs. Much different to the EX1000, they sound overall darker, fuller and easier to listen to for those who're treble sensitive. Their soundstage is the best I've heard from IEMs, wide like the EX1000's , but with better depth and layering.

I personally still prefer my EX1000 to the XBA-H3, since I like a leaner and brighter sound. But for those who found these too lean and bright, the latter might be worth checking out.

Hi there,

How would compare the clarity in the midrange and the treble tonality and fullness for the ie800 and xba-h3?

Thanks!
post #321 of 498
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Hi there,

How would compare the clarity in the midrange and the treble tonality and fullness for the ie800 and xba-h3?

Thanks!


The IE800's mids sound slightly leaner and dryer, which I perceive as a bit more natural than the fuller and lusher mids of the H3. The former have also less mid/upper bass than the latter and, as a result, less midrange warmth.

 

The H3's treble is very smooth and unoffensive to these ears, kind of a slightly tuned down version of the XBA-3's. The IE800's highs sound a bit more uneven and somewhat thin in comparison, which makes them livelier, but also potentially more fatiguing to listen to.

 

Detail resolution in both mids and treble is pretty much on par in my book, but the IE800's sound signature makes detail stand out more than the H3's.

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:cool:Thanks!
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What I will add, which I'm sure has been discussed ad-nauseum is that these IEMs are not very forgiving of a poor quality source / recording...

 

...Generally, from my 16 days exposure to these, they really dislike a recording that has been mastered 'hotly', so classic CDs sound to die for, but - more modern, electronic based music can make your ears bleed...

 

Overall though, steering clear of hot recordings as much as possible, I really do not believe I could be any happier...

post #324 of 498
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How about trying to dampen the highs a bit? The IE800 have metal grills at both the nozzle and tip opening, which makes it quite easy to dampen and smooth out their highs by placing a small piece of foam or microfiber cloth in between these grills.

 

Ok....so I tried this again, this time using little pieces of a microfiber cloth between the grills.  Much improved in attenuating the highs a bit while maintaining the mids.  

post #325 of 498
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Ok....so I tried this again, this time using little pieces of a microfiber cloth between the grills.  Much improved in attenuating the highs a bit while maintaining the mids.  

 

:beerchug: 

 

Actually, I use the same mod and it also helps to make high notes sound a tad weightier and more in line with the mids.

post #326 of 498
Can you guys please post a picture if the material, is it the same as the fabric we use to clean glasses?
post #327 of 498
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Can you guys please post a picture if the material, is it the same as the fabric we use to clean glasses?

 

I didn't take pictures, but after some experimenting I've come up with a mod that kills two birds with one stone. Thing is, my tips tended to come off the housings too easily and I've always feared losing them when I'm out and about.

 

Now I'm using small pieces cut from alcohol swabs, about 8 by 8 millimeters. Let the alcohol evaporate until they're dry, put a piece on top of the nozzle and secure it with the tip. Not only does the fabric attenuate and smooth out the highs a bit, but it also makes the tips stay more securely attached to the nozzle.

 

This is what I'm talking about:

 

post #328 of 498
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What I will add, which I'm sure has been discussed ad-nauseum is that these IEMs are not very forgiving of a poor quality source / recording...

 

...Generally, from my 16 days exposure to these, they really dislike a recording that has been mastered 'hotly', so classic CDs sound to die for, but - more modern, electronic based music can make your ears bleed...

 

Overall though, steering clear of hot recordings as much as possible, I really do not believe I could be any happier...


I agree completely. It seems to make poorly recorded material sound a little harsh/grating at times, and at louder volumes can be a little painful. It doesn't seem to matter on the "audio file quality" (i.e. lossless, lossy, etc.) but the quality of the recording itself causing fatigue I guess.

 

It's tolerable and doesn't bother me at all though, I just have to listen at a lower volume on poorly recorded or "modern" electronic-type music that tends to have issues w/ "clipping" in general.

The IE800s are highly enjoyable otherwise though.

post #329 of 498

I've been using these with a Cowon x7, and this has been nothing but an impressive combination. Everyday I put them in and just think "wow, these are really good".

 

As has been mentioned a lot, the cable microphonics add noise if it's dangling and moving around. If you tap the cable, you can add your own extra bass track to what you're listening to! This is about the only real problem I've had with them, but as I generally listen to them at work where I'm not moving around it's not a problem, I just tuck the cable connector into my collar and any small movements have no microphonic effect.

 

They're very comfortable in my ears and I've no problem with either the fit or stability with them.

 

The only problem is, they're great and I spend more time marvelling at the quality of the sound instead of the music itself (if that makes sense). They're good to the point of distraction. I've had them for about a month or so, so I think this will wear off soon enough.


Edited by Danno81 - 1/9/14 at 7:26am
post #330 of 498

Hi, I`m considering the ie800`s as an upgrade from my klipsch x10`s, just wondering, the cable noise on the klipsch drove me insane, it was magnitudes worse than anything I had ever experienced, can anyone comment on the microphonics of the ie800`s in comparison, also how easy are they to drive, do they output well from say a HTC ONE?, is amping necessary?, one thing I loved about my klipsch`s were their convenience, they were small with a thin cable and sounded the same without an amp on most of my higher end portable gear, thanks.

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