Sennheiser IE 300 Synergy Playlist
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Hey Head-Fi Community! We've enjoyed taking in the first wave of IE 300 impressions, and wanted to help connect members to test tracks that best show off our latest earphones— let’s share some music! If you are reviewing an IE 300 and you want readers to see your test tracks, or even if you are a happy owner who just discovered a song that showcases its capabilities, go ahead and add it to one or both of these playlists so we can share the groove.

Additionally, we are providing two IE 300 photos, sized perfectly to use as Head-Fi avatars. Enjoy your IE 300!
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Let’s have some fun checking out the thought behind these playlist picks! You may notice that many of these tracks have a “Space” theme going on here, as a nod to the subtle silver and gold speckles on the IE 300.

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The IE 300 is indeed “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” as the fresh new $299 Sennheiser In Ear Headphone. The IE 300 has the low end grunt to make you ready to tap your toes, while at 0:22 the song has some nice cymbal hits to show a treble response that is clear yet smooth and not fatiguing. RIP Daft Punk, thank you for the memories!

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“Stars” is a magical track worthy of adding to all headphone test playlists... there is high potential for shivers up your spine here, with massive soundstage holding an aloof electric piano and richly textured cello work, as well as moments so realistic you might need to check out the window to make sure there isn’t something going on outside!

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“Moon Light On Spring River” from Zhao Cong again showcases a wonderful depth with a mandolin played delicately up on stage, solo and accompanied by a full orchestra, as well as a HUGE bass drum pounding away that will wash over you pleasantly.

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Ok, so diamonds aren’t exactly stars, but “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes” by Paul Simon is another amazing test staple, featuring tenor lead and rich baritone chorus vocals at the beginning, and just a pleasant, hyper well produced track.

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Another impeccable track, this time transporting you to a quietly bustling restaurant in New York City, 1961, “Alice in Wonderland (Take 2 / Live at the village Vanguard)” is one of the greatest jazz sessions of all time.

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OK! Now let’s try some electronic dance music! “Carefree (I am a Star)” brings a midbass beat sure to get you moving and feeling positive :)

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“Recuerdo (Headphone Mix)” may not be star themed, but this beautiful Puerto Rican track is not to be missed, as it was specially mixed for headphones. Ricky Martin and Carla Morrison’s velvety voices will float and swim dreamily through your head throughout the song.

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Ready for something else that sparkles? “Fireworks” by Purple Disco Machine, Moss Kena, and The Knocks is a brand new track for 2021, and expresses what we’re all looking forward to.

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“Daydreaming” is what you’ll be doing while listening to this next track by Radiohead, showcasing the band’s typical layering of multiple sounds at once and showing that the IE 300 keeps them all distinct.

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As a tenth track, “La Luna (binaural)” is another gift for people that would like to review or test headphones, or just kick back with a three dimensional track recorded using a binaural head microphone. Close your eyes and be transported in front of the stage for a 3-piece acoustic performance.


Feeling good? Enjoyed those songs? How about finding songs of your own that suit the IE 300 well? These playlists are open to collaboration, so please share and add your best IE 300 Synergy Songs to the playlist!
 
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Let’s have some fun checking out the thought behind these playlist picks! You may notice that many of these tracks have a “Space” theme going on here, as a nod to the subtle silver and gold speckles on the IE 300.


The IE 300 is indeed “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” as the fresh new $299 Sennheiser In Ear Headphone. The IE 300 has the low end grunt to make you ready to tap your toes, while at 0:22 the song has some nice cymbal hits to show a treble response that is clear yet smooth and not fatiguing. RIP Daft Punk, thank you for the memories!


“Stars” is a magical track worthy of adding to all headphone test playlists... there is high potential for shivers up your spine here, with massive soundstage holding an aloof electric piano and richly textured cello work, as well as moments so realistic you might need to check out the window to make sure there isn’t something going on outside!


“Moon Light On Spring River” from Zhao Cong again showcases a wonderful depth with a mandolin played delicately up on stage, solo and accompanied by a full orchestra, as well as a HUGE bass drum pounding away that will wash over you pleasantly.


Ok, so diamonds aren’t exactly stars, but “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes” by Paul Simon is another amazing test staple, featuring tenor lead and rich baritone chorus vocals at the beginning, and just a pleasant, hyper well produced track.


Another impeccable track, this time transporting you to a quietly bustling restaurant in New York City, 1961, “Alice in Wonderland (Take 2 / Live at the village Vanguard)” is one of the greatest jazz sessions of all time.


OK! Now let’s try some electronic dance music! “Carefree (I am a Star)” brings a midbass beat sure to get you moving and feeling positive :) “Recuerdo (Headphone Mix)” may not be star themed, but this beautiful Puerto Rican track is not to be missed, as it was specially mixed for headphones. Ricky Martin and Carla Morrison’s velvety voices will float and swim dreamily through your head throughout the song.


Ready for something else that sparkles? “Fireworks” by Purple Disco Machine, Moss Kena, and The Knocks is a brand new track for 2021, and expresses what we’re all looking forward to.


“Daydreaming” is what you’ll be doing while listening to this next track by Radiohead, showcasing the band’s typical layering of multiple sounds at once and showing that the IE 300 keeps them all distinct.


As a tenth track, “La Luna (binaural)” is another gift for people that would like to review or test headphones, or just kick back with a three dimensional track recorded using a binaural head microphone. Close your eyes and be transported in front of the stage for a 3-piece acoustic performance.


Feeling good? Enjoyed those songs? How about finding songs of your own that suit the IE 300 well? These playlists are open to collaboration, so please share and add your best IE 300 Synergy Songs to the playlist!

I absolutely fell in love with "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes" all over again. Those Paul Simon backing vocals, they'll get ya every time! Great picks @Evshrug !

After spending countless hours with the 300, I added some tracks that I hope you get to put through the paces with your own IE 300.

"Redford" may be one of the few songs that makes me feel physically different after listening to it. Behind the [creaking] legato piano part are these drifting, droning textures. On most speakers, they sound like synthesizer pads, but the IE 300 reveals their true organic origin and that is a set of delicately stacked vocals, complete with dorsal and coronal articulations.

"Latch" is a delightfully busy track that I have always used when ringing out speakers of all kinds in the studio and in the field. It's no different with headphones—this track can really stretch the capabilities of a transducer and is hungry for a speedy headphone to communicate a lot of information at the same time.

"To the Beat", a deep cut from a cult-favorite album by Rhazel. The IE 300's bass presence gives the beatbox kick a gratifying heft while the vocal instruments shine in the stereo spectrum—each instrument is purposely placed in a precise location in the mix. It's not until you put this track under the microscope of the IE 300 that you realize that there are no instruments in this recording besides the human voice.

"Overture..." is highly regarded as Michael Kamen's best work (please skip Roadhouse and do not collect $200) for its jaw-dropping dynamic range and intricately layered orchestration throughout. Starting at the 0:55 mark, the transient flick of ensemble members exerting their instruments is revealed with ease, evolving to a fanfare that sounds full-bodied at any volume level.

"U Don't Have To Call" features a pillowy percussion and the Neptunes' hallmark assortment of accoutrements. Mixed by Duro, the track offers a plethora of "front-to-back" layers that are missed on larger speakers. The IE 300 offers a punchy center aisle and dreamy background for the [relatively] minimalist instrument count to wander.

"Lady", an iconic R&B track glued together by effortlessly-warm vocal harmonies and subtle wah guitar work. These are the foundation of the track, and when picked apart by the IE 300, you realize how pointed and objective they are to the feel of the song. Where the musicianship exhibits great restraint (in a good way) the IE 300 pulls back the curtain as if you were watching Raphael Saadiq get to work. Tidal's MASTER version is especially complementary to the background vocals.

"Lacrimosa" is one of my default tracks for grading nuance and the IE 300 does not disappoint. The soprano's rolled "R's" at 00:40 simply do not exist on other platforms, yet are clear as day here. The male chamber's tonality is easy to experience on speakers, but it isn't until you feed the IE 300 this recording that you can practically count the number of ensemble members in the right channel.

"Be" juxtaposes acoustic and synthetic, live and programmed—listen to the bass riff with the IE 300 and the growl of the instrument's neck adds body and authenticity to the foundation of the song. The hard panning highlights the use of contrast as instruments enter and exit the mix to bring dramatic flair to the arrangement.

"Song for Amadeus" is a playful performance by Bobby McFerrin and Chick Corea, with thoughtful panning movements and theremin-like tones in a lush studio reverb. Vocals and midrange energy are an obvious strength for the IE 300, and Bobby's childlike exploration of the scale appropriately tributes his other-worldly talent.

"Tennessee Whiskey" demonstrates what texture is all about. This bluesy arrangement has the right amount of rasp and crunch to make you believe you're in the smokey, sweaty studio just reacting to the vibe in the room. Of note, Chris Stapleton's vocal features an expertly executed slapback reverb that is both a nod to the blues greats of the past without being a heavy-handed emulation. The IE 300 lets me find the moments where the effect is most reactive (1:55 - 2:00), accentuating the imperfection that makes the blues perfect in a stereo spread that is subtly layered behind the drums.

I hope you enjoy, and I am excited to hear what you've been hearing with your own IE 300. Cheers!

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