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Old 06-05-2010, 12:07   #1
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Sennheiser IE7 / IE8 headphones. Anyone have either?

I am considering getting a pair of these from Amazon (Direct Link). They seem to get good reviews but wondering if anyone here actually has a pair?
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I haven't but they look the business don't they?
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I have the IE8s and they are without doubt the best 170 odd quid I have ever spent on anything. Warm, but detailed. Very well defined bass, which never seems to descend into muddiness. Huge soundstage with the right material.

Even sound great with an ipod. I had the Shure E2Cs before and they completely blow them out of the water.

This isn't probably what you want to hear. I'm sure the IE7s are almost as good but for the sake of another £60...
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I cannot decide if the IE8's are worth the extra over the IE7's though? I wish it was easy to audition headphones like you can speakers

Technically they are costing me nothing anyway as I got about 400 quid cashback on my American Express Platinum Card that is paying for them
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One question, do they have a travel case with them?
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I have got the IE8s and think they are fantastic. Definitely the nearest I have heard to a quality full-sized headphone soundstage in a pair of IEMs.

My IE8s replaced a set of Shure SE530s which are even more expensive. The IE8s IE8s sound better to my ear, although the Shures did pull out a lot of detail and had a lovely smooth treble that the IE8s cannot quite match. For overall sound, the IE8s are much better, but this would be down to music/personal taste I guess.

Some people have criticised the IE8s for having too much bass. I don't agree, but the bass is certainly powerful, so if you like a lighter, faster sound then something like the Shures might suit you better. There is certainly no need (for me) to ever move the adjustable bass response above the minimum level.

The IE8s do come with a carry case, but it is very large and over-complex so I have not used it. The case is a minor negative in what is otherwise a near-perfect package IMO.
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I agree re the bass. I've never had to dial in any more either.
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Thanks guys. These are to complement my Sennheiser PXC's which I use on flights for their noise cancelling capabilities. Are these good at noise isolation so they maybe could replace my PXC's too?
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They're not fully sound isolating but if I wear them in the office I'm often oblivious to the phone ringing until someone comes and picks it up for me. It's not possible to hear anyone talking at a moderate volume.
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Ok, so I will probably keep using my PXC's too as they are good for planes, but will try these.
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Ok, so I will probably keep using my PXC's too as they are good for planes, but will try these.
That is what I'd do. I have just picked up a pair of Goldring NS1000 noise-cancelling phones for use on planes..

The IE8s are fairly good at isolating sounds, but don't do much for the droning of aircraft engines.

The isolation is not as good as my old Shure SE530s, but I wouldn't swap back!
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Another IE8 user here, I've had mine for about 7 months now and love them to bits, use them straight out of my ipod and they sound awesome.

Make sure the ones you buy are legit though as there are some pretty good looking (but not sounding) fakes doing the rounds, mainly on Ebay.

Also note that IE8's are notorious for not sounding their best straight out of the box and do sound a LOT better after a day or so's worth of use.


The only thing I will mention is that there is a thread over at head-fi comparing IE8's to Monster Pro Turbine which are giving them a good run for their money apparently (although they dont look very pretty).

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/...-md-for-techno

Might be worth a read.
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Buying from Amazon.co.uk direct (not a marketplace seller) so they should be real!
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Yeah, got mine from Amazon, Ebay is best avoided, you see loads of posts on Head-Fi where they've spent a 1/3rd of what they should cost then are surprised they're fakes!



Let us know what you think when you get them.
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I have a pair of IE8s and agree that they are the business. If using with an iPod and if you have about £180 spare, then teaming them up with a Graham Slee Voyager will blow you away!
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I ordered them last night, should be waiting for me when I get to the UK in a couple of weeks. Can't wait now!
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I got these when I was back in the UK recently. All I can say is wow! The IE8's may not be cheap you you certainly get what you pay for. They are fantastic and from reviews should get better as they bed in!
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