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Poll Results: Which $1000 IEM is superior?

 
  • 36% (76)
    Sennheiser IE800
  • 63% (134)
    Shure SE846
210 Total Votes  
post #16 of 101
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Originally Posted by Spyro View Post
 

Sorry if I missed this but do the Senns not require burn in?  They are a dynamic driver right?

 

It seems in previous Senn offerings 60% of the posts were about burn in and sound changing/improving.  I haven't read everything about IE800 but I have seen little to nothing about burn in.

The Sennheiser IE800 happens to be the only IEM with a dynamic driver as of now, I believe.  Also, I don't know if it's a placebo effect or not, but I did a burn-in of about 12 hours and the sound quality seemed slightly more dynamic.  I really don't know if it was just me, but if it is, it could be that the IE800 doesn't require burn-in, and that it's just a placebo effect.  However, I think I did notice a slight difference in sound quality after a 12 hour burn-in period.

 

But like I said, the IE800 could either have better sound after a burn-in period, or it could just be a placebo effect.  Who knows....

post #17 of 101

I have spent a week with my mate IE800 and it is a great sounding earphone but I was left slightly underwelmed considering its price and the cable microphonic was just too much. I am a bashead but even the IE800 was over the top for me. The Shure is lot cleaner and reach lower.

I  bought the Shure and it has everything I want and more. To be honest, I have very rarely been so impressed by a headphone/ earphone.

post #18 of 101
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Originally Posted by zenpunk View Post
 

I have spent a week with my mate IE800 and it is a great sounding earphone but I was left slightly underwelmed considering its price and the cable microphonic was just too much. I am a bashead but even the IE800 was over the top for me. The Shure is lot cleaner and reach lower.

I  bought the Shure and it has everything I want and more. To be honest, I have very rarely been so impressed by a headphone/ earphone.


It's nice when you buy a headphone that you're satisfied with. It's only happened to me three times, Shure SE846, ShureSRH940 and Sennheiser HD800.

post #19 of 101

I have the westone 4r and the plastic is really cheap and starting to peel off! Should i peel it off completely? thanks guys i know this is irrelevant!  

post #20 of 101
Thread Starter 

 

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Originally Posted by ag8908 View Post
 


No. Already shipped back (I could have used it for another 29 days but I didn't see the point). But I heard the IE800 has holes in it designed to equalize the air pressure between the inside and outside of your ears so I'm not sure you can fix the isolation. I tried putting my finger on those holes, but it really altered the sound so e.g. taping the holes up isn't an option.

 

Glad you got rid of the microphonics noise. With the SE846, if you let it hang behind your head you hear virtually zero chord noise (I do, however, hear the slight thump of my feet hitting the ground, odd that it travels up through your body like that).

BTW, I forgot to ask you about something.  What are the main things that you hated about the Sennheiser IE800?

post #21 of 101
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Originally Posted by Aerosheet View Post
 

 

BTW, I forgot to ask you about something.  What are the main things that you hated about the Sennheiser IE800?


It's all in my review.

post #22 of 101
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Originally Posted by MusicListener View Post
 

I have the westone 4r and the plastic is really cheap and starting to peel off! Should i peel it off completely? thanks guys i know this is irrelevant!  

How does plastic peel off?  Do you have a pic?

 

Do you mean the decal/lettering?  Man....you must be rough on them.

post #23 of 101
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Originally Posted by Spyro View Post

How does plastic peel off?  Do you have a pic?

Do you mean the decal/lettering?  Man....you must be rough on them.
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BRO I just realized something , I peeled the plastic off it's not supposed to be there and underneath that is a really really sturdy feeling nozzle. It's plastic except really hard. I've had two pairs of westone 4r and didn't know that the plastic part comes off if you pull it from the bottom. Got it! Thank for replying smily_headphones1.gif. Btw I take really good care of them. smily_headphones1.gif
post #24 of 101

lol. before going out to exercise today, I listened to my HD800 for like 3 hours. When I put the SE846 on to continue where I left off, it sounded like crap. It took a while for my ears to get used to the downgraded sound.

 

IEMs will never beat full sized headphones.

post #25 of 101
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Originally Posted by ag8908 View Post

lol. before going out to exercise today, I listened to my HD800 for like 3 hours. When I put the SE846 on to continue where I left off, it sounded like crap. It took a while for my ears to get used to the downgraded sound.

IEMs will never beat full sized headphones.


HEY! That's true but headphones can be too big at times when you want to carry them around at school , working out , or playing running. Headphones don't match that. Do any of you guys prefer VMODA-M100? the reviews are glorious however some people say they are bad.
post #26 of 101
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by ag8908 View Post
 

lol. before going out to exercise today, I listened to my HD800 for like 3 hours. When I put the SE846 on to continue where I left off, it sounded like crap. It took a while for my ears to get used to the downgraded sound.

 

IEMs will never beat full sized headphones.

How did the soundstage of the HD800, the SE846, and the IE800 compare to each other?


Edited by Aerosheet - 3/11/14 at 4:38pm
post #27 of 101
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Originally Posted by ag8908 View Post
 

lol. before going out to exercise today, I listened to my HD800 for like 3 hours. When I put the SE846 on to continue where I left off, it sounded like crap. It took a while for my ears to get used to the downgraded sound.

 

IEMs will never beat full sized headphones.

 

I assume you listened to your HD800 on a $1000 DAC + AMP setup? Did you listened to your Shure SE846 also on a $1000 DAC + AMP or just from your iPhone?

post #28 of 101
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Originally Posted by ubs28 View Post

I assume you listened to your HD800 on a $1000 DAC + AMP setup? Did you listened to your Shure SE846 also on a $1000 DAC + AMP or just from your iPhone?





I'm pretty sure the Shure se846 will perform Mediocre on an iphone .
With a $300 amp it should sound perfect to it's potential. IMO you don't need a $1000 amp for the shure 846.
post #29 of 101
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Originally Posted by ubs28 View Post
 

 

I assume you listened to your HD800 on a $1000 DAC + AMP setup? Did you listened to your Shure SE846 also on a $1000 DAC + AMP or just from your iPhone?


I listened on a variety of things and the conclusion holds regardless of the source. In my opinion a full sized headphone sounds much, much, much better than an IEM. Just my opinion.

post #30 of 101
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Originally Posted by ag8908 View Post
 


I listened on a variety of things and the conclusion holds regardless of the source. In my opinion a full sized headphone sounds much, much, much better than an IEM. Just my opinion.

Does it sound better in terms of overall sound quality, detail, clarity, or soundstage?

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