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Rank the IEM's you've heard

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  1. Stranger Than Fiction
    The Sennheiser IE800 original punches well above its weight. It has done well to hold its own among the developments in recent years, even against its bigger brother the IE800S. The bass is nowhere near as visceral as the Atlas, but its overall signature is great and the treble spike can be fixed with EQ.

    The next pair of TOTL IEMs I look at will hopefully be of a similar signature, but fuller, more impactful, somewhat more musical (a bit of a downfall with the IE800s) hence I am eying off the 64Audio Tia Trio.
  2. BananaOoyoo
    If you get a chance to try any of Hyla’s hybrids, they might be to your liking (CE-5 or the upcoming TE-5T/TE-5B) - and they should all be just under $1000. Beyerdynamic Xelento is a nice V-shaped IEM, and I personally also like the Lime Ears Aether (though it’ll be a bit over budget - unless you can find one used?). 64audio and Empire are... expensive.

    Actually, if you’re okay with giving up a bit on mids, the CE-5 does bass really well.
  3. Medikill
    What about the 64 Audio U8's, from what i've read the 4 drivers for bass has some crazy kick
  4. Medikill
    Tried looking everywhere for a CE-5 can't find any retailers in Aus or the US selling them?
  5. BananaOoyoo
    I doubt there are too many unused ones floating around. They’re sold out at my local distributor (he just has the demo model, which apparently a LOT of people have offered to buy).
  6. Stranger Than Fiction
    @Medikill: If the budget can’t leap into the stratospheric heights needed to acquire the Tias or even Fourtes, the U8s will be the next option.

    I need big bass, but also looking for a step up in details, timbre, mids and vocals.

    The IE800 has been a good stand in but lemme tell you its form factor has begun the steady process at eating away at my resolve.
  7. Medikill
    According to their website, it appears it's been discontinued.... What a pity :/

    As do i mate haha, bass > mids > treble, at times i found the atlas to be too sibilant, typical basshead i guess \_(._.)_/
  8. Stranger Than Fiction
    Yah, my ears are quite treble sensitive as well.

    And hopefully it’s not too long before I’m reunited with a cable-over-the-ear IEM too.
  9. Stranger Than Fiction
    I will update my list accordingly soon, but currently auditioning my brother’s Oriolus mk IIs.

    The overall sound signature errs on the dark side. The bass is punchy, impactful and fast. Sometimes too fast. They are also a lot more musical than the original IE800. I’m quite drawn to their fullness overall, but if I were to own these I’d still be yearning for something more.
  10. hiflofi
    1. KSE1500
    2. Solaris, Andro/Andro S
    4. Katana
    5. U18t
    6. U12t
    7. Kaiser Encore
    8. ESR
    9. Tia Fourte
    10. ER4SR
    11. Atlas
    12. Legend X
    13. IT04
    14. Savanna
    15. Phantom
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2018
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  11. Dobrescu George
    I'm just going to say that IE800 is slowly fading away from my personal top ten IEMs, being pushed by Campfire Atlas, RE2000 Silver, and RE800Silver, which are better on an overall level (detail, clarity, soundstage, instrument separation, balance of sound)
    Peter Hyatt likes this.
  12. hiflofi
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2019
  13. Peter Hyatt
    One of the most practical & helful threads on head fi. It’s impresive that brand loyalty is transcended by many. I might struggle with that.

    Has a statistical consensus arisen?
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2019
  14. Peter Hyatt


    would anything change in your view, if manufacturing quality was factored in (build, longevity) or is that presupposed? I continue to enjoy your writing style at blog.
    Dobrescu George likes this.
  15. Toom
    Campfire Audio Andromeda S
    Shure SE846
    Sennheiser IE800s
    Too many others
    Arkady Duntov likes this.
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