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@kubig123 How you getting on with the customs?
Sorry I dint reply earlier, i’v been quite busy and I didn’t find the time to give enough attention to the plugs.
This is my 2 cents feedback based on my limited knowledge.
The first thing that I noticed is a reduction of the sound stage, you feel the music right in your head, on the other side the separation and the resolution has been increased compared to the regular silicon tips.
I’ve become more selective in the kind of music I’ve been listening with these customs tips, I really enjoy song where instruments play the major role. Songs like Telegraph Road, Les Ondes Orientales or Billy Evans’ The Lost Session from the Black Forest are becoming my favorite ones.
Again, this is just personal and humble opinion after only few hours of listening.
No worries, i also noticed a slight decrease in soundstage. Many think the bass become too much with custom tips but fleshed out the treble. What do you think?
I agree, both the bass and the treble acquire more emphasis with this tips, I don't mind, but it also depends of which kind of music I listen.
customs tips are not for everyone, some people might not appreciate how they transform the iems.
Good to discuss this stuff with fellow custom tip owners as ie800 with custom moulds are few and far between. Because i didnt like the sound change from the tips i used careful eq to get them back to how they originally sounded.
If both bass and treble got a bit boosted then that means the mids gets pushed back a bit farther given that the ie800s already have a somewhat recessed mids?
Personally I think the the resolution increase for any frequency.
Its true, I think the reason many people dont jump straight for custom tips on the IE800 is because of the compensating technology in the earphone, sennheiser kept things strict with the IE800; shallow nozzle and fit, proprietary tips and tried to make it to be worn down only. They knew tampering with even just the tips would degrade the sound they were wanting everyone to hear, although these proprietary things have shown to have their downsides too and even leads to many people just not being able to use them.
I actually like their purist approach, ie800 sound absolutely best with their tips, if one washes those tips once after ~5 usages, they are golden. I can use them 5-30 times before needing to wash the tips, but let's be serious, that is a very small effort to be made given the amazing sound of ie800!
I usually cleanse the tips using alcohol.
I think about cleansing the tips while drinking alcohol
I just follow the guide provided by Sennheiser, they said to use warm water and soap, so I just follow their advice.
\\It would be fun to drink alcohol while listening to music, this is a part of the music experience I am missing sometimes. On the other hand, my sleep deprivation enhances music sometimes and gives an even better experience.
Just wondering what you guys thoughts are? I have the Mojo and the PHA3, now ten days ago just got the Sony WM1A. Which would you guys pair with the ie800? I almost always like full size phones and not iem's. Had the ie800 for awhile. Well burn in, never listen to them more then 5 hours total. But now I am about to go back to the States for 2 weeks so I thought to get it a go. Thanks.
Thats easy, Mojo. But if you can try them all with IE800 why not.
This is the thing with chord dacs, its razor sharp precision and clear in the treble but smooth at the same time, i have no idea how you can have both contradictions at the same time with mojo but its true. Its a crazy level of refinement.
Transients are unmatched, bass is wonderfully tight, fast and controlled (some people think its overly tight) i love it. Depth, layering and separation is excellent. Imo its better than AK380 and now understand why people use it as a transport for mojo.
I never really thought metal could sound good with hifi gear until i tried chord and completely changed my mind. Theres this magical effortlessness to the sounf other sources just dont have.
I look forward to getting Hugo2 i think it will be a phenomenal pairing with IE800.