Sennheiser IE 800 Audiophile Ear Canal Headphones
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- Two protective meshes - one situated in the ear cushion and one in the cone, effectively protects against dirt contamination and for easy cleaning
- Extremely deep, distortion-free bass
- Premium leather carrying case
- Ear adaptor sets (5 pairs of different sizes)
- 2 year warranty
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These are rich and gorgeous sounding headphones. They will allow you to rediscover your music collection! I no longer use these as I have a pair of Shure 846's. These come with replacement non-sennheiser tips. You may need to get new tips but the headphones work perfectly. Feel free to ask me any questions. Happy to send you pictures.
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Simply stunning clarity, bass & detail for such tiny IEM's - almost defy physics they are that good.
Excellent guarantee & build quality as they are made of ceramic , not the cheap plastic offered by others
There is always the problem with ear-canal headphones in that you’re not really in a position to demo them which involves taking a huge risk, this even more so with Sennheiser IE800s, as retailers are required to be 'Club Orpheus' dealerships that carry other Sennheiser high-end products such as the HD800 headphones and their two headphone amplifiers. So the amount of outlets that actually stock these or can obtain them is quite limited. I took a gamble and managed to get a pair through my usual Hi-Fi dealer, who obtained them as a special order from Sennheiser.
I have been using them for 24 hours now and am simply blown away by the how impressive the sound is, especially straight out of the box. As many reviews on the internet can attest, these headphones have an incredibly wide soundstage, the low frequencies are very low, the treble is bright, detailed and airy, and the separation and timing on everything in-between is immaculate. They are a huge improvement on the SE535s, which always impressed with their punchy bass and mid-range, but the treble was a bit too rolled off for my liking which is not the case here.
They also fend off competition when compared to full size offerings, I also own Sennheiser Momentum and HD650s, although highly regarded, I have found to be a bit too warm and in particular, the HD650s suffer from muddled lower mid-range. The fact that IE800s sound better than these, might seem obvious if performance is related to price but they are absolutely tiny headphones, each the drivers is contained in a beautifully crafted ceramic housing which are about half the size of those produced by Shure and Westone. The ultra-wide band dynamic drivers are only 7mm in diameter, it’s impressive that something so miniscule can produce such an accomplished sound, especially over full sized cans.
Unlike the Shure's and previously owned Sennheiser IE8s (which I was not a fan of) these don't go overkill on the included accessories. The tips are a proprietary fitting, ruling out the possibility of custom or after-market solutions. I am sure this will be a deal-breaker for many, as custom tips do offer the best possible seal available. I was also concerned, as Sennheiser's generic silicon tips have never impressed me in the past, especially compared to the seal you can get from Shure’s black olives. I was pleasantly surprised (and relieved) that the supplied tips offer a very comfortable, tight seal. Only one type of tip is included but it has a range of sizes in both round and oval-shaped fittings. I found the mid-sized oval-shaped versions to be the best fit for me. There is a luxurious leather case (with an engraved serial number), which is beautifully crafted and a simpler, user-friendly design, in contrast to Sennheiser's previously over-engineered efforts. The case is too nice to take out and about, so its worth looking for something cheap to use on a day to day basis.
I am a firm believer in that you get what you pay for, these are not over-hyped and over-priced like some headphone manufacturers (with celebrity endorsement!) they deliver a breath-taking level of detail and the most immersive sound stage for listening to music on the move. To get the most from them you really don’t want to insult their capabilities by partnering them with a mobile phone/tablet or similar level digital media player. You really need to consider a dedicated portable DAC/headphone amp to partner such a device or invest an ‘audiophile grade’ digital audio player, such as the Astell & Kern AK120 (which I am using) or similar products offered by Hifiman or Colorfy. If partnered with this sort of equipment the IE800s will offer many years of total listening enjoyment is already proving to be far better than anything previously experienced.
The IE800s have had some time to settle in now, no longer with a "brand-new" shine, so I can look at them more objectively in comparison to the Etymotics. The ER4-S have an accuracy claim of 92%, so far undisputed: no other earphones make any such assertion. Such accuracy is not to everybody's taste, however, and meets with luke-warm tributes such as "neutral", "clinical" and "analytical" - or more damningly, no bass! The IE800's on the other hand are "enhanced": that is there is a beefed-up bass and ringing highlights added. The added effects, however, are fine for listening to exciting orchestral works, they add to the listening pleasure. I still prefer the Etymotics for more focus and clarity, especially for violin and piano when they are exposed in solo and chamber works, also vocals. I find the two IEM's complement each other, I can make a choice which ones I use according to the type of music, which is a fine luxury. If I were limited to one set though, I think I would prefer the Etymotics, depite costing one third of the price.
Update 05/01/2016: The left-side driver has become partially detached from the ceramic housing. I managed to fix it by delicately applied super-glue, fortunately with no adverse effects to the sound. But it doesn't say much for the construction of such a highly priced item. Also the tips are a poor fit, soon slacken and come off in your ear. Great sound, pity Sennheiser didn't pay poor attention to the build. I'm having to take them down a star. At this price there's no excuse for shoddy details.
Having spent several hours testing different genre and EQ settings, these are the first I have even been able to listen to on FLAT EQ setting.
No extra sound is needed to make the sound smooth through all frequencies.
I brought these to replace Shure SE535 (lacked bass for me), which replaced IE80.
And these IE800's are the best.
However, there are a few down points.
Tried these at work (machinist), oh dear!
* Standard cable is too short for source unit located in trouser pocket.
* No cable clip so kept catching on clothes.
* Poor ear retaining, so kept losing full sound.
* And due to Quality of the Extra Wideband transducer, you need an amplifier on most portable devices.
or a Quality source unit, which are usually heavy and bulky.
* Then there is the price.
So if you what sound quality while sitting at your desk, except price, these are excellent.
For me, If doing anything physical with a device such as an Ipod, go for the IE80's.
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