Originally Posted by dleblanc343
I guess it seems like I'm bashing the IE800's, but I did enjoy them quite a bit. I just have to be honest with myself, and most people I've compared with, that the IE800 isn't quite in the same class as some other universals out there.
Don't worry, there are more people that experience the IE800 as you do.
I thought the treble as a whole was faulty. It sounds thin, as you say 'hollow', harsh and - as a whole - unnatural. Impressive because of speed, but not likeable because it has a high quantity of peaks. Maybe because of fit issues, but I also noticed a strong imbalance.
Further, I will also disagree with the bass. The subbass is far too much and it really shows bass where there shouldn't be any. Plus, it slows down the lows by quite a bit.
I am really surprised to see many people consider the IE800 TOTL or even "the best". I wonder if some people lose focus of what music is supposed to sound like. The Sennheiser pulls the music apart. Great mids! Definitely very nice voices, but between a hammering and fatiguing subbass and a awkward sounding treble. Considering the asking price, it made it very difficult for me to enjoy any kind of genre.
Personal verdict: Not worth the price - bested by the the 500 € class! (Not in terms of technology and build, but simply as a tool to enjoy music.)