Headphone [make/model]: Sennheiser IE 80
9/10 - Pros: Amazing Sound detail & space. Great highs & bass [sub + mid bass]. Replaceable cable + various in-line MIC/ControlTalk cables in the market.[/sub] Cons: Stock ear-tips are not the greatest of fit/comfort, and have poor insulation [sounds bleed is noticeable]. Sound bleed is from the bass-tuning cavity is very noticable [tape-mod sorts this out]. Price is really out there Sound type/for music type:
At it's price range, nothing that I've found & tried locally.Price range:
R.4,099.oo - R.4,720.ooWhere to buy locally: Construction:
Solid built units, that are aesthetically impressive with it's brushed-metal housing. Weight of the units are not noticable to me.
The bass-tuning feature is great, but the cavity for tuning causes a lot of sound bleed. I've used a piece of tape to block this cavity, which resolved the issue.
Cable is interchangeable, with a variety of custom choices available from on-line stores. Sennheiser also has a stock cable with in-line MIC/ControlTalk features; again, variety of custom choices of this type of cable is available.
Stock cable is fairly good. I rarely used it, as I use a custom cable with in-line MIC/ControlTalk with my phone [HTC One M8]
The stock ear-tips are a really disappointing, considering the price & quality of these earphones. They are uncomfortable & have poor insulation. The boxed foam-tips do provide better comfort, but have the worse sound bleed.
I've replaced the stock ear-tips with the medium double-flanged ones that came with the MEElectronics Original Eartips for M11+/M11P+ Earphones (10 pairs of ear tips) (Black)
I purchased. This provides a great fit, comfort, and insulation.Sound:
These earphones sound amazing. Definite upgrade from my Yamaha EPH-100's.
Sound is very detailed and clear. Highs & Bass are really stunning.
The Highs are crisp & present, but not too sharp [no ice-pick in left eye feeling].
The Mids are are present and clear; not dull in the least, but slightly less pronounced as the Highs and Bass. Easily compensated for with EQ settings to bring their brightness up to the same level as the Highs & Bass.
The Bass is clear, not over-cooked nor dull. Both Sub-Bass & Mid-Bass are exceptional, providing both great punchy-ness & rumble/boomy-nessFinal word
These are truely amazing IEM's. Stock, they are great. With a bit of changes [cable, ear-tips, blocking the bass-tuning cavity] they are INSANE!
They are easily driven by my HTC One M8 phone [crazy loud at full volume], which removes the need for additional a portable headphone amp, and makes them the perfect on-the-go In-Ears for commuting, work, and play.