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Where to go from Ie80?

  1. greenkomodo1
    Been through so many headphones and I really love the Ie80. Sadly I lost my pair and now looking for the next step up or for something similar I don't know what sound signature they are but I have very sensitive ears to harshness and need a thick bass sound for rock. So yea whatever the Ie80 are.. Worth considering anything else?
  2. JediMa70
    It depends on your budget, I would say Beyerdynamic DT770 80 oHm, but you should really read this topic https://www.head-fi.org/threads/headphones-for-metal-music-ultimate-solution.715478/
  3. serman005
    As mentioned, we really need a budget. Also, if by harshness you mean up-tilted top end, sibilance, the state of being strident, then I would be a bit concerned that the DT770 might not be your cup of tea. Are you looking for another IEM or an over-ear?
  4. greenkomodo1
    Looking for in ear and budget is around 150 £
  5. pure5152
    How about the 1more triple driver?

    Or, one of my personal favorites around that price range, the Yamaha eph100. It was the manager's favorite at a headphone store I went to in Japan, and it was astonishing for the price... comparing favorably to other IEMs costing $1000+ (not exaggerating, my friends and I were shocked).

    If my andromedas were to break, I would get the Yamaha eph100 and be totally happy. But my andromedas haven't broke, so there we go :)

    EDIT: here's also a great second opinion: https://www.head-fi.org/threads/crinacles-iem-ranking-list-222-entries-21-10-18-update.857498/. (Though I don't agree with his list entirely, as I really think the tia forte should be S, as it's definitely better than the andromeda.)
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2018
  6. serman005
    I like the IT01 for you maybe and it is well below budget. It has terrific bass, that is for sure. Maybe read about it and see what you think. It is possible it could work for you.
  7. melons
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2018
  8. greenkomodo1
    Thanks guys.

    The Yamaho and the IT01 are cheap as chips on ebay so worth trying. I will buy them and test them out and return them if I don't like.

    Seems like the IE80 released a new version called IE80S which has no real differnece and they retail for a stupid price for £230, I can get an IE80 original edition for like £120 on ebay.
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2018
  9. serman005
    Let us know how you like the ones you purchase.
  10. greenkomodo1
    Got the iBasso IT01 today. They seem great for the £50 I paid for them. I'm used to a slightly thicker sound from the sennheisers and bit a more bass but I have only tried the standard crap ear tips, I always use foam. Speaking of foam....it seems comply don't have eartips for them and also I used to buy these much cheaper ones off amazon.co.uk my ie80s but seems like they aren't stocked either.

    Any ideas? If there is a USA store I may have to get my friend to USA to ship them over if you guys have foam ear tips over there.

    Yamaha's should arrive tomorrow.
  11. greenkomodo1
    Just got the Yamaha's, also sound impressive.

    Are you meant to wear Yamaha's over/around the ear?
  12. serman005
    Which of the two do you prefer?
  13. greenkomodo1
    It's really tough..

    In terms of sound, the Yamaha's sound is thicker/bassier which I like for sure but it seems like I'm listening underwater. This is good and bad, firstly siblance or harshness never affects my ears but the overall sound feels murky and less detailed or it may just feel less bright. The iBasso's don't really hurt my ears though but I feel like there is more potential for them to do so. I tried loads of high pitch guitar solo and vocal and both seem okay really.

    I listen to a lot of rock and so there is always drums, I notice in Yamaha's sound the tom's sound quite bizzare, like very thuddy and flat as if there is no texture or dynamic coming through. On the other hand the iBasso has quite a weird high end, things sound slightly too crispy or sparkly, especially in the voice and hit hat.

    If only the iBasso had a slighty thicker sound signature but perhaps I can play with the bass on this.

    On non sound topics: The isolation is really good on the Yamaha's and I feel like I don't even need to buy foam eartips but microphonic cable is really annoying but the slim profile of the earpieces and thin cable are so nice to have as I used these earphones always on the go and on the london underground. I have been using iBasso with the foam to try get better seal / bass.

    I love the red/blue on the iBasso so i instantly know which one goes in which ear.

    As I started out with, it's very tough decision.
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2018

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