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My Apple earpods have more bass than my se846.
...is this normal?
No. Emphatically no.
Please check that you have a thorough seal with the 848's well seated inside your ear, with no air escaping. Otherwise the bass system will not work.
Yes, this is normal, they are bass boosted. Since they own Beats, it should not be a cause for alarm. Although if they want to be taken seriously, I would rather they burn it to the ground and partner up with the likes of RHA or Sennheiser.
AKG is already taken, so there's that...
Heh... well, there is THAT also!
Perhaps, but it’s probably boomy and distorted as hell. Or it’s a case of what Terry said.
The Shure SE846s and Campfire Audio Cegas have in their own right class leading bass which should have you picking up your jaw from about parallel as far low as they go.
Had me at parallel jaw there, man...
I've been using them for about 3 months now with the large foam eartips, and I always ensure a perfect seal. Given the seemingly universal praise the bass quality of these IEMs seems to garner, I was immediately underwhelmed upon first hearing them, and remain so today. Is there a chance I've gotten a defective pair?
There is that possibility. Also, we recently had a several page discussion of counterfeit incidences and observations that some of these counterfeits are seemingly actually sounding not-so-bad, but by buying those one is still supporting a criminal activity.
If you aren't hearing rather stunning sub-bass from your 846's and have been accomplishing a great seal with the tips you have been using, then I would definitely send them off to Shure for examination. Something is wrong here. Try other tips, perhaps? Maybe the large foams are "folding" upon insertion, breaking the seal? Try some mediums, perhaps.
The SE846 is neutral, so bass heads may be disappointed. Many headphones jack up the bass (and the treble). It's a thing with headphones. Manufacturers get inundated with requests to upgrade their models to produce unrealism.
Its hard to tell what's what in this forum. People swear up and down they don't want unrealism, but who knows?
Are there any indicators I can look for to help determine whether or not my se846's are counterfeit?
Se846 is neutral? LOL
this will be your only post that I can say I agree with 100%.
SE846 is NOT neutral. Maybe, he meant "natural"
Under 1k, elevated all the way up to +10db.
This is more like a "neutral" bass - Hifiman HE-6
When I said neutral i meant totally exaggerated bass and rolled off highs. Just a different way of saying that. Geesh, some people can't see what I really mean
So in short, if my se846's appear to be lacking in the bass department, then something's wrong?