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Problem with My Sennheiser IE8, they've become too bright
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I recall removing the screen from my first pair, when I had a similar issue, and they did become noticeably brighter (clearer), so I am also under the impression that the screens do act as filters. Anyways, how did you put them back??
May I ask what you mean by sparkle? More "sparkle" is generally associated with higher treble energy. You've got to be pretty sensitive to treble because even though I sensed that the sound became a tad brighter without the screens, it wasn't overly so. I would try to put them back the way they were or use no screens at all. Bear in mind the the IE8 is now discontinued, so you may have to get the IE80. Let us know how things work out for you...
The screen's mesh adds a bit of acoustic resistance and (slightly) attenuates treble as a result.
Instead of re-using the original screens, you can also try to achieve a similar effect with something else. Any non-woven fabric like e.g. an eyeglass cleaning cloth, teabag, etc. should be suitable for that. The procedure is simple, just cut out a small piece (2-3 times the diameter of your nozzle), stretch it over the nozzle opening and secure it with the tip. However, you might need to experiment a bit to find something with similar acoustic resistance to those screens.
I'm not an expert, but as a general rule I'd say, if it frays after being cut, then it's woven.
If you've only very thin fabric at hand, you can also try adding multiple layers. The higher the acoustic resistance, the more treble will be attenuated and smoothed out.
Reverse the cap before trying to fit them on the nozzle. If that doesn't work, stretch them over a pen to widen them before you fit them on the nozzle.
Regarding non woven fabric, no idea, I just followed someone else's recommendation and it works fine for me. Guess to avoid fraying and probably because polyester / microfiber is resistant to moisture.