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Sennheiser IE 8 Premium Earphones - (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- 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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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.
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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. The reproduction of the details of the music is superb even on compressed audio; on uncompressed audio (flac) the results are phenomenal. There is no murkiness, or shroud over the sound produced, rather than sounding muffled like some others like the Shure, the sound is crystal clear with the perfect balance between the mid, highs, and lows. Voices regardless of how low the singer is singing is audible. The instruments in the background are isolated and you can tell where they are in respect to each other.
Durability is another thing that concerns me when buying something with a price tag of $300+. Sennheiser gives a two year warranty, and having dealt with them before, I didn't see it as a problem towards purchasing. The cables are detachable and are interchangeable. From their international website I found them with two different lengths. Unfortunately I could not seem to find them on the USA website. I am sure that if I called them and asked them to ship it to me for a fee they will. Cleaning the tips and the earbuds will also prolong the life of the IE8s and as such they have also included a tool to clean them with (on the other end of this tool is a tiny flat head screwdriver used to adjust the bass!).
In the end, I am just an audiophile and a pro-sumer who loves music. With that said, I am extremely happy with my purchase and without worries that this isn't the best pair of IEMs in the $300-$500 price range.
So, because they were factory refurbished, they came with a 90 day warranty. I sent them back to Sennheiser and they were quickly replaced with a brand new pair of IE80's. Kudos to Sennheiser and their service contractor for some really excellent customer service. I essentially got a new pair of IE80's for the cost of a used pair of IE8's. Plus, I ended up with an extra set of tips and an extra case.
In the short time I did listen to them, they sounded fantastic. The IE80s I received in exchange have, per Sennheiser, the same sound profile as the IE8's. I think people who say otherwise are falling victim to the finnicky tip fitment these things have. If you don't fit the exact same tips and seat the IEM's in your ears the exact same way, they are going to sound a little different. The IE80's main difference from the IE8's is their appearance.
Getting he right tips on there with a good seal is crucial to good sound. I also own the Klipsch X10s and S4s, which are a lot more forgiving about how they are inserted. With the Klipsch, you jam in the IEMs and away you go. With the Sennheisers, at first the process is a bit fiddly, but after a week, correct insertion becomes automatic. For me, the key is to use large tips and press the IE80's in at the bottom so they slide in tightly and point up a little.
Once you get the right tips and get used to fitting the Sennheisers correctly, they sound magical. I have been wearing them everywhere, all the time--I don't like taking them off and not hearing that beatiful sound. They are very comfortable, solidly made, with a very dramatic and engaging sound. There is plenty of bass, but still plenty of detail and sparkle. I prefer them to my lovely Klipsch X10s. In fact, I think I might like them better than my full size HD558s.
I have bought several Sennheiser headphones over the last 25 years and have always been pleased. These are no exception and with the dramatically good customer service I received, Sennheiser has a customer for life here.
- Very detailed and robust mid, the best I've heard
- Portable-device friendly; impedance is low enough for use with mobile phones
- Detachable cables mean you don't have to throw away this expensive headset when cables wear out
- Useless bass tuning feature, anything above minimum setting destroys detail
- Feels a bit "plasticky" and cheap
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Sennheiser IE 8 Premium Earphones - Old Version,i will every day listen it.