Happy new year head-fi! I recently received a pair of Sennheiser IE8 from my cousin that went to the states (Some 3 weeks ago). All was well with the sound and build quality until recently when i attempted to remove the wire from the driver it simply won't buldge. I then found out from my cousin he bought the IE8 at around 300USD, which is not the retail price of the genuine iem. Looking at the fake ie8 guide, i identified two problems, there is no red chip/wire in the two connectors for either side of the cable, and the aesthetic properties of the box does seem a little off. I am no audiophile but i do find the ie8 i own to outperform anything i've heard, even the gargantuan soundstage is present when i listen to 320k orchestra pieces e.g One winged angel from advent children. Can the above stated prove that my ie8 is indeed fake? Or is there any more 'official' ways to find out? Please assist me!