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Senheiser ie800 vs shure se846

post #1 of 21
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Hello. Which of these earphones is better for someone who:

1) listens to EVERY genre

2) wants to use these earphones with a cheaper amp or dac such as fiio and does not want sound to be significantly different depending on the amp or dac I choose

These to requirements are very important if you know the answer can you please let me know? Thank you
post #2 of 21

I would say go for the SE846 because you can switch filters to get different sounds. The Shure looks very easy to drive from the specs, but I haven't tried it, so I can't say for sure. 

post #3 of 21
Shure 846
post #4 of 21

Shure for sure for they are sure to shurely please you.

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Shure for sure for they are sure to shurely please you.

Haha lol. biggrin.gif

post #6 of 21
Can you mention which headphones, iems you currently have or tried? I don't think you should spend that much, its your money we know but the actual differences between very hi end and mid-end are subtle. You might feel even cheated...
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Can you mention which headphones, iems you currently have or tried? I don't think you should spend that much, its your money we know but the actual differences between very hi end and mid-end are subtle. You might feel even cheated...
Not really. The difference between the AKG K3003 and a mid tier IEM like the W4 is huge IMO.
post #8 of 21
Yeah, right... Day and night...

My point is, why push someone to spend that much without knowing a bit of background? Or at least
Edited by squallkiercosa - 8/24/13 at 5:30pm
post #9 of 21

It is too bad you cannot audition IEMs as easily as speakers.  I found a shop that let me demo AKG 3003, Shure 535 LTD-J, and a few others.  I saved a boatload and purchased the 535 LTD.  I remember the salesperson being surprised that I preferred the 535 LTD to the far more expensive AKG...I did by a fair margin (to my ears).  My point is that squall is on to something.  More money on phones does not always mean more sonic nirvana for you personally. 

 

Recently, I had my 535s stolen and need to replace them.  I am picking up the 846s tomorrow, but not before I check them out to ensure they are what I have in mind sonically.  Given all the reviews, and having owned the 535s, I feel pretty confident.  However, if I am anything less than satisfied, I will walk away from them.


Edited by M Coupe - 8/24/13 at 5:57pm
post #10 of 21

Why the love for the 846's over the IE800's? Can anyone give a more detailed reason?

 

Thanks,

Ken

post #11 of 21
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Not really. The difference between the AKG K3003 and a mid tier IEM like the W4 is huge IMO.

 

I thought the K3003 sounded like a typical TWFK with a mediocre dynamic driver at the bottom. Wouldn't pay more than 200 USD for the sound. Frankly I wouldn't pay that either. Just IMO.

In comparison the IE800 even though it have some flaws sounds like what I expect out of a universal at that price point. The mids are just gorgeous and the bass very detailed and deep. I understand why some may prefer a little less deep bass though and some may have problems with the highs at higher volume. It's the timbre of the IE800 in combination with it's resolution and effortlessness that makes it a really good in-ear. Soundstage is not poor either.

It's not a phone that makes bad recordings sound like super bad recording like you get with some other expensive in-ears. Good allrounder with genres. This is primarily a phone to enjoy music with, not to marvel a certain technical aspect.

 

 

Anyone who actually have heard both the SE846 and IE800?

Unfortunately I can't be of any help.

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I thought the K3003 sounded like a typical TWFK with a mediocre dynamic driver at the bottom. Wouldn't pay more than 200 USD for the sound. Frankly I wouldn't pay that either. Just IMO.

In comparison the IE800 even though it have some flaws sounds like what I expect out of a universal at that price point. The mids are just gorgeous and the bass very detailed and deep. I understand why some may prefer a little less deep bass though and some may have problems with the highs at higher volume. It's the timbre of the IE800 in combination with it's resolution and effortlessness that makes it a really good in-ear. Soundstage is not poor either.

It's not a phone that makes bad recordings sound like super bad recording like you get with some other expensive in-ears. Good allrounder with genres. This is primarily a phone to enjoy music with, not to marvel a certain technical aspect.

 

On SQ alone I wouldn't even pay $50 for the K3003s, but I'd easily pay $500-$800 just for the packaging. I would certainly be prepared to pay up to $2,000 for the IE800s (just for their incredible SQ).

Still kick myself to this day for having sold my IE800s and kept my K3003s (just couldn't bring myself to let go of the AKG's absolutely stunning packaging and the very nice-looking hand-made leather case).

post #13 of 21

Yes we know how much you like K3003. It sure looks good.

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Yes we know how much you like K3003. It sure looks good.

 

No, not everyone knows.

post #15 of 21

i think the answer is so obvious, there has been alot of R & D with the shure. for one it has a metal nozzle and anyone who has used shure in the past will note this is worth noting lol. you can change the nozzle insert and change the sound signature so you can have multiple signatures at hand. the shure has a removeable cable, this will father allow you to change and enhance the sound signature. in my opinion the shures are more ergonomic in the housing department, shure nozzle also will allow for a larger array of tips. there are other things to go on but those are most worth noting.

 

in my opinion the ie800 is way way overpriced, its a dynamic driver iem, non removeable cable. imo not a very ergonomic design. to me the shure's offer ALOT more bang for your buck. i could see the ie800 at half the price being more of a hit, but for the price point they are at they lack alot of bells and whistles that i personally would be looking for esp in that price point.

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