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Sennheiser IE 8 Premium Earphones - (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • High-fidelity noise-isolating ear-canal phones with unique sound tuning functionality and interchangeable cable
  • Dynamic speaker systems with powerful neodymium magnets ensure outstanding sonic accuracy and clarity
  • Excellent attenuation of noise (95%, up to 26 dB)
  • Extremely durable housing and rugged interchangeable cable
  • Sleek ergonomic design and various sizes (S, M, L) of eartips for a perfect, customized fit
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Technical Details

  • Cord: 1.2 m symmetrical (earphone to separator: 0.4m; separator to plug: 0.8m)
  • Ear coupling: intraaural (ear canal fit)
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz - 20kHz
  • Impedance: 16 ohms
  • Plug: 3.5mm L-shaped stereo jack plug
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 3 inches ; 0.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0012XFDWE
  • Item model number: IE 8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,980 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Sennheiser IE 8

Rediscover your music collection and tailor it to your aural tastes with a tunable bass frequency response. The customized sonic signature is complemented by a unique fit thanks to the included ear adapters. This fit isolates the user from their environment, offering passive noise attenuation and the best sound experience. The IE 8 stores quickly and safely in the included carrying case.

  • Outstanding accuracy and clarity
  • High attenuation of ambient noise
  • High-fidelity and bass tuning capability
  • Includes an in-line mic for Apple products
Learn more about the IE 8

The IE 8 is designed for professional monitoring use, and ideal for portable AV devices like MP3, DVD and CD players, iPods, iPhones (iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and other countries), or any other mobile phone with a 1/8" (3.5mm) stereo jack..

 

Features
  • World's first continuously variable bass response adjustment on each earpiece
  • Up to 26 dB of noise reduction perfect for loud stages, airline cabins, rehearsal rooms and more
  • User-replaceable cable for simple, modular replacement in the field
  • High SPL capability with maximum noise isolation reveals subtle, critical audio cues
  • Sleek ergonomic design and various types and sizes (S/M/L) of ear adapters ensure a comfortable, secure fit
  • 2-year international warranty
Did you know?

The IE 8 is one of the best choices for portable media players & professional bodypack IEM receivers.

The IE 8 case

The carrying case of the IE 8 has been fitted with (replaceable) dry salt pads. These pads ensure a constant level of humidity of the product when stored, which is particularly helpful as the ear-canal phones may have been exposed to sweat during use.

Warranty

2-year international warranty. Sennheiser's worldwide service network will provides smooth handling of any case of warranty that might occur.

Meet the range

 
  IE 6 IE 8 IE 8i
Frequency Response 10 - 18000 Hz 10 Hz - 20 kHz 10 Hz - 20 kHz
Impedance 16 ohms 16 ohms 16 ohms
Sound pressure level (SPL) 115 dB 125 dB 125 dB
Attenuation (passive) up to 20 dB (90%) Up to 26 dB (95%) Up to 26 dB (95%)
Transducer principle Dynamic Dynamic Dynamic
Connector 1/8 (3.5mm) 1/8 (3.5mm) 1/8 (3.5mm) i series
Volume control N/A N/A In-line
Microphone mute N/A N/A In-line
Warranty 2 years 2 years 2 years
Why Sennheiser?

For over 60 years every Sennheiser mic or headphone comes with a built-in mission: to stay true to the sound and soul the music was given by its artist. From the fragile intimacy of a whispered word to the deep and dark punch of an attacking bassline. Sennheiser delivers pure emotion and excitement. A quality that has convinced a broad spectrum of artists and of course music lovers all over the world. Sennheiser offers a great experience for everyone who really wants to hear.

What's in the box?
  • IE 8
  • Protective case
  • Standard ear adapters (S/M/L)
  • Lamella ear adapters (S/M/L)
  • Cable clip
  • Cleaning tool
  • Dry salt pad

Product Description

Rediscover your music collection and tailor it to your aural tastes with a tunable bass frequency response. The customized sonic signature is complemented by a unique fit thanks to the included ear adapters. This fit isolates the user from their environment, offering passive noise attenuation and the best sound experience. The IE 8 stores quickly and safely in the included carrying case.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The Sennheiser ie8's are simply the best.
Ian Keeper
If you are going to spend a lot of money for one of the top tier iems, like these, you cant get any better than these.
jham
I like my music crisp and balanced meaning I like to hear all instruments at equal or balanced tone.
Paul

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

56 of 64 people found the following review helpful By J. Delong on April 26, 2009
First off I am a normal consumer who does not work for the industry at hand. I have been in search of the "Best" in ear monitors or ear buds for nearly 4 years. Never being happy with what I tried based on reviews I always returned them or sold them online. I have tried Ultimate ears super fi pro 3's & super.fi 5's, Klipsch Image & Custom 3 's, Sony, Apple in-ear with remote (Best for the price except cable noise) Koss CC_01's, and most recently Shure Se 530's (which I thought were the best until I go tired of the THICK cable with noise at the connections)... Now, last week I ordered the Sennheiser IE8's. SIMPLY STUNNING, from the bass control, to the changeable cables, to the comfortable fitting, to the amazing sound quality both low and hi. The warm sound, solid yet smooth bass, and crystal clear hi's I am amazed and I am not even through the total burn in time they do require by audiophile standards. I have about 12 hours on them thus far and they are already 150% better then out of the box. I took them for a hike yesterday, they stayed in place, sounded amazing and look great too, very stealth and sleek once in. they also come with a HUGE assortment of fittings for your comfort level needed. Trust someone who has finally ended their search and has found a keeper..... I am a new fan of sennheiser. In fact, I just ordered their "Work out" phone for my shuffle. Thanks!
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65 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Douglas A. Greenberg VINE VOICE on November 20, 2008
For years the Etymotic ER-4 series, e.g., Etymotic ER-4P Portable In-Ear Earphones represented the top of the line among in-ear monitor headphones. The Etys remain a good product (and an excellent buy), delivering crisp detail and excellent treble reproduction, but their weakness has been relatively modest bass performance.

Recently a whole group of challengers has emerged, including, for example, Shure SE530PTH Sound Isolating Earphones with Push-To-Hear Control, Ultimate Ears Triple.fi 10 Pro Earphones Gun Metal Blue and the long-delayed, soon-to-be-released Westone 3. Consumers seeking audiophile sound from small in-ear monitors now face a veritable embarrassment of riches.

In competition against these other products, the Sennheiser IE 8 acquits itself well. These earphones are small, comfortable, and beautifully crafted. They come with a variety of ear tip flanges for a custom fit, and include a feature unique among small IEM's, an adjustable bass setting (you use a small screwdriver-like tool that is included in the package).

The sound quality is clean and clear, without even a trace of murkiness. The output level is a bit lower than the Shure 530's, meaning that if used with a low-powered device like an iPod you will need to set the volume level relatively high. This output is on a par with the Etymotic ER-4P's, but with superior bass performance.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Doctor Whom on January 15, 2010
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This is really a PS to the earlier review. I'm spending time with iPods and the fabulous Roll Pro headphone amp while listening to a range of phones including the Etymotic Blue tooth, Sennheiser 650, and Koss electrostatics. I can understand why Sennheiser has launched a new kilobuck-plus headset; even the vaunted 650 presents ratty treble compared to statics - massed violins, etc. do not sound recorded at all on electrostatics, just honey-smooth - Sennheiser has yet to make a real competitor with Electrostatics. I must say for overall pleasure, the IE8's are my favorite alternative to electrostatics.

I have owned many headphones over the decades, starting with Koss Pro-4A's in 1965. I love Sennheisers in general, even the less costly models that use excessive warmth quite endearingly to impress. I was quite unprepared for the pleasure of the IE8's, having been annoyed by other in-ear phones. I have large ear canals; none of the supplied tips gave me a seal, but I carved out and created my own seal from a piece of expanding foam, and got approval from Sennheiser to use it. I find the supplied over the ear clips to be an unnecessary nuisance, especially because they do not fit into the cool metal carrying case, which I have abandoned anyway as too fussy. The sound can be a tad glaring, but maybe I just listen too loudly - sounds great at lower volume levels than usual. Despite a house and a life full of headphones, including electrostatics, these have fast become my all around everyday, walk-around favorite.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By digipoo on January 24, 2011
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I bought this as a replacement for my shure se210. They served me well for 4 years until one of the earbuds stopped producing sound. I have used Shure, Klipsch, Sennheiser, and Sony branded headphones and earbuds before but this was by far the best sounding. The sound is much smoother, cleaner, and more natural than most others. Compared to closed "cans" (studio headphones that go over your head and surround your ear), these sound much better especially against the Sennheiser HD-280 and HD-380 pro, and the Sony MDR-V500 which are open "cans".

There are a lot of things that can be praised about this product. The first thing on my list is comfort. The IE8s come with a wide assortment of tips. Of all those tips I found 2 pairs that fit perfectly. Of the two pairs i change them regularly based on the environment I am in. Living in NYC and relying on public transportation often, I need sound isolation or i will end up blasting the volume and go deaf sooner rather than later. For that the flanged set does well for me. When I am walking, which I also do a lot around the city I switch to the regular silicone tips so that i let in more ambient noise to hear that bicycle or car when i cross the streets. I have not had a problem with the tips falling out or getting loose in my ear, but that might be due to the over-the-ear-clip that is supplied. The clip is flexible and can be bent into the shape of your ear.

The second thing is the sound. Having the ability to change the bass on the fly is a god-send. I no longer have to go through the clunky and ineffective equalizer of the PMP or MP3 player or even my smartphone, that I have these plugged into just to decrease or increase the bass or worse yet fiddle with the E.Q. trying to coax it into changing the bass.
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