IE 80 Sennheiser Earphones
The IE 80 is the pinnacle of portable hi-resolution-ready portable audio. Featuring a dynamic transducer capable of reproducing the most subtle nuances in complex musical passages, this ear-canal headphone is a portable powerhouse. The in-ear fit is highly customizable-- four types of ear adapters are included in various sizes so that you get a snug, comfortable fit that effectively dampens noise competition. Speaking of customization, each ear speaker features a continuously variable sound tuning control for precise adjustment of the bass response, completely unique to Sennheiser.
- Dynamic transducer system with tunable bass response in each ear
- Aggressive attenuation of ambient noise allows you to listen at a more comfortable level without sacrificing detail
- Detachable, robust cable with German designed strain relief
- Can be worn looped around-the-ear or ascending
- Includes 4 types of ear adapters in various sizes for a customized fit
- 2 year warranty
- IE 80 headphones
- Silicone ear adapters (2x small, 2x med and 2x large)
- Lamella ear adapters (2x small, 2x med and 2x large)
- Foam ear adapters (2x small, 2x large)
- Advanced ear adapters (2x small, 2x large)
- (2) Optional flexible earhooks
- Cleaning tool
- Hardshell case
- Cable clip
- Dynamic transducer system with tunable bass response in each ear
- Tunable, dynamic transducers for liquid smooth audio
- Aggressive noise dampening capability
- Compact and Lightweight
- Extended fit-kit for a personalized listening experience
IE 80 Specs
- Frequency response: 10-20,000 Hz
- Connector: 1/8 inch (3.5mm) right angle
- Sound Pressure Level: 125 dB
- Impedance: 16 ohms
- Total Harmonic Distortion:Cable length: 3.9 feet, detachable
- Headphone weight: 0.18 oz
- Noise isolation: Up to 26 dB
Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews
I purchased these earphones when they first came out. I think that they may be the best earphones of the dynamic speaker variety. They are very comfortable and have tremendous bass response. I really love listening to jazz on these earphones. You can hear a walking bass line that is so wonderful. You can really hear a wonderful sense of of space between the instruments. The earphones deliver a great sound stage. The earphones are very light. They are plastic with reasonably long cables. I have not tried to unplug the cable from the earphone, but I believe that the earphones have replaceable cables. The package comes with a number of earphone tips; however, I have several of the earphones in the IE series. They seem to not quite have complete pairs of all of the tips included. This has happened more than once and it is very irritating. I have decided to use Comply Comfort Tips. They fit very nicely. They just fit inside the ear canal. It is kind of unusual in that with most earphones, you must achieve a complete and tight seal in order to really achieve great bass response. These earphones achieve a wonderful bass response with a very comfortable fit and light touch. That is unusual. I think that these earphones actually have great sound across the sound spectrum. I also really like the case that comes to store the earphones. As with all earphones, I choose to use a very high quality headphone amplifier. If you could only own one pair of earphones and you like great bass response, this earphone is great. It is not necessary to have to purchase earphones with armitures in order to get great sound. Pros: Well packaged, nice cables, geat sound. Cons: Price is pretty steep. Earphones did not come with complete pairs of all of the earphone tips that came in the package. It did not matter to me because I decided to use Comply comfort tips.
I had two sets actually. The first one broke when I attempted to change the ear piece. Sennheiser replaced them immediately. But they couldn't believe the earphone broke. It actually snapped cleanly. In fact Sennheiser told me they would not replace them if the new set broke (because they claimed they put it through stress tests after talking with me and they just couldn't believe mine could have broken the way it did). Well guess what. I'm not kidding. I got the new pair and they broke the first day, just snapped off when I attempted to change the ear piece again. And that was a heck of a lot of money to throw away which is I guess what I did. I was quite shocked. Sennheiser makes great over the ear headphones as far as I'm concerned but the in ear earphones I would never recommend to anyone. Pros: Sound was great. Good fit. Cons: They break in twenty minutes.
I bought these IEM to replace my broken Sleek Audio SA-6. The first time I tried these on, it was a revelation: strong bass, good details in the highs. They have a permanent mid-bass hump, that the bass screw doesn't affect (only the low bass). They were not neutral, but when you sound that good, you can be forgiven. Then I took them on the subway... The first thing I noticed was the seal was not as good as balanced armature earphones. I was fidgetting with them for so long, and tried so many tips, before finally settling on bi-flange and basically stop trying. They were driving me nuts! The downside of this was that all I could hear was bass, and strong highs: the mids were buried by the bass and the ambient noise. They're good IEM for the home, and terrible for the public transports, as bizarre as it seems. Pros: + Replaceable cable + Good details in the highs + Strong bass Cons: - Mids are hidden by the bass - Bass can be boomy, and is mostly uncontrollable. - Hard to get a good seal. - Not very good with strong noise.
These were offered to me as an upgrade deal. I originally ordered the IE-7's (out of stock when I placed my order)to replace my IE-6's. I've been a big fan of Sennheiser for a while, but these are just amazing. From listening to Dizzy, to Framing Hanley, to Nas and Common. Privi Bass, Treble, and everything in between. If you really want the top quality sound, look no further. Built very solid Pros: Build, comfort, amazing sound. Cons: Price
I currently own a pair of Westone UM2's and find these new Sennheiser IE-8's to be very comparable. The fit and finsh are first quality and they sound great. These are a very comfortable Earphone especially if you are the type that takes them on and off while listening. Pros: Comfort Fit & Finish User adjustable sound. Cons: Price
I have both the IE8 and the Westone 3 earphones. I did an A-B comparison test with both, using my iPod and Stevie Nick's "I Can't Wait" and a-HA's "Take On Me". After putting the silicone ear tips on and taking the foam off the Westone 3, the sound was MUCH better to me. It's a personal thing and you've have to experiment yourself. My take on the side-by-side, BOTH earphones are TOP NOTCH. The Westone 3 may have a touch more bass; the IE8's may have a hair more brilliance, but it was so difficult to pick a clear cut winner. The IE8 does have a plug in cable that can be easily replaced. It also feels a bit more solid in build quality, but I'd be hard pressed to pick a definate winner between the two. This is my first experience with in-ear's and up until now, I never thought such tiny "headphones" could produce such GREAT GREAT sound... Pros: Cons:
The IE8's are my first truly high end IEMS, as I've mostly been in the low end and middle prices IEMS previously. After burn in (which for me I was happy at around 60 hours) the highs are nice and extended and have a great sparkle. The vocals are smooth, and the bass adds another dimension to them. They seem to be very durable and the cable on them is bar none the best I have seen. They may be too bassy for some but bassheads rejoice. The only glaring imperfection with them to me is the fit and isolation. There are some possible mods to improve the fit/isolation but I haven't tried much so far. Highly recommended to anyone who likes big bass, smooth vocals and great highs. They may be a bit much for certain people though because of their big sound, and to those people I'd recommend their little brother the IE7. Pros: Cons:
These earphones rock! I was originally debating between the Westone 3s and the IE8s, but went with Sennheiser because I read that it preformed better with the bass heavy techno, trance, and drum and bass I listen to. I was coming from a pair of Shure SE210s, a pair of earphones which I considered great for their price. But the IE8s have blown me away. The level of detail is much greater, and for a pair of earphones they have a spectacular soundstage. I would definitely reccomend these earphones to anyone who is willing to drop the cash -- $300+ might seem like a lot for just earphones but trust me you would be spending just as much for a pair of headphones that can compare. Pros: Cons:
Bought these to replace Sure 530s which had the cable problems. Simply fantastic sounding headphones. Built quality great, cables are quite, bass is very deep and tight (after burn in) and mid and highs are almost equal and in some cases better than the 530s. Also the wide sound stage is very enjoyable.. highly recommended... tips take some playing with to get a good seal. Pros: Cons:
Question & Answers
Questions on IE 80 Sennheiser Earphones
How do these compare to the Westone 3?
- Tech Support answered:
- They are not as comfortable due to their nozzle size. The bass is more prominent since you can tune it to your liking. It offers replaceable cables whereas the W3 only comes with fixed cables.