Sound quality: 9/10
Build quality: 8/10
Pros: Incredible soundstage, Bass, and separation
Cons: Comfort & fitting can be an issue
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I Personally own one of these IEMs and I tested them for few months with my Fiio x1 & Oppo ha 2 SE. Here are the results
Frequency response 10 – 20000 Hz
Impedance 16 Ohms
Sound Pressure Level 125 dB
THD < 0.1 %
Noise attenuation up to 26 dB
Cable / Plug 1.2 m symmetrical cable, 3.5 mm angled plug
Let us start with the bad part about this IEM because there isn’t much. Everything about this IEM is great but comfort can be an issue when using tips included with the IEMs. Alot of tips are included but they are all uncomfortable from my personal experience. My suggestion is to Use Comply foams or Spin fit. OR any other 3rd party tips you find comfortable
- With the comply foams, you get more bass
- With the Spin fit, you get more soundstage and airiness added to the sound
Another uncomfortable part about this IEM is that the cables that go around your ears tend to fling off forward. Although they include something to run your cables through to hold it behind your ears, they are cheaply made and may not fit everyone. There has been reports of people claiming that the wires become shaped and less rigid after using them for some time, however I did not find this to be true in most cases. Since the IE80s are detachable IEMs, my suggestion is to get a new 2 pin connector cable with an ear hook built into it. There are many possibilities in the market today.
Perhaps you would like to use these while studying at a library, now I don’t recommend that you carry this IEM to the gym or on the subway because of their price point but if you are fine with the risks of potentially loosing or breaking them, then isolation may suddenly become important to you.
Isolation becomes naturally better with a better fit. Although both spin fit and comply foams fit quite nicely, I found the isolation better with the comply foams.
At a reasonable or even slightly higher volume, there is no worry for sound leakage from what I have tested.
Now let us get into the good part and what most of you will read anyways. Sound is incredible. (period) that is the end of this review, now go buy them! OR read on to see if it meets your specific music taste? That’s always a good idea, right? What would you like to know… the IE80s have practically everything included in its package and screams PREMIUM when it comes to sound.
Sound stage, separation, imaging… its all there
Exceptionally great because you can adjust it. You put these things full tilt and you head may blow up. See the Frequency graph below, the extension possible with the IE80 seems more than necessary to some. Wait? Is this IE80 for bass heads? Answer is NO and YES. Whether you are a bass head or not, you can adjust it to your liking. The bass is tight & punchy but lacks that sub feeling you would get from the Shure 846 or the LZ A4. With all that being said, some people do not enjoy boomy sub base and these give much cleaner bass hits in great detail, enough to blow your mind away.
Sennheiser is known for the great mids in many headphones and they do not disappoint in these IE80s. Now, they are not MIDDDDD ranged like HD650s. I feel like an idiot comparing these to full sized headphones but the mid range can be that good on certain songs. This is because the lower mids are brought fourth a notch while the high mids are pushed back to be detailed and crisp, yet retaining warmth for longer listening sessions.
These are not Bright IEMs in anyway, if you look at the frequency graph, everything I say in this review falls into place. The IE80 rolls off where it needs to in the most precise manner so that it will not be giving you that sharp piercing effect but giving you all the necessary details needed.
Measurement above was made by GOLDENEARS.net
They are built of aluminum shells with a single dynamic driver on each side. These will not fall apart on you; these are built like a tank. The weakest part about this IEM are the cables. I have no idea why you would do this but if I you had the choice of taking a High End High priced IEM on a hike or something, it would be these.
WHERE TO PURCHASE THE IE80s
Always purchase it from an authorized dealer. In my opinion Amazon has some great deals and is the safest bet.
For the price point, this wowed me and in the realms of the dynamic drivers, even after long time has passed since these were released, they are still one of the best. When these go on sale on amazon, this might be the one of the best purchases you can possibly make. Price varies but I have seen these go down to 280 dollars on amazon.ca.