Originally Posted by eke2k6
I'm curious how it's "definitely less overall" when they have completely different emphases on bass? The IE800's bass stays completely out of the way of the mids, emphasizing on purely the sub-bass. The N6's bass mixes with the lower midrange somewhat. Quantity and impact-wise, they are very similar, just in different areas. The N6 has more slam, the IE800 has more rumble.
Hi eke, great talking to you as always.
Let me help: When I and my friend directly compared the Noble N6 and Sennheiser IE800, we found the emphasis to be as you say, with the IE800 shifting toward the sub-bass, while we did not hear the N6's bass getting in the way of the mids.
Having different bass emphasis, however, does not mean they are therefore equal. We heard the IE800 having more bass than the N6. Overall quantity was clearly different, to our ears.
"If only the N6 had the same amount of bass that the IE800 has..." my audiophile but bass-loving friend said. She really likes her bass. I like bass as well and I enjoyed the differing bass presentation of both earphones but ended up returning my IE800 after having heard the N6 due to the treble superiority of the N6.