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The Sennheiser IE 80 earphones feature a small screwdriver adjustment on each earpiece allowing you to easily and quickly tune the amount of bass response from 'big,' to 'big and deep' to 'massively big and deep'. A sweet in-ear headphone for urban, rock, electronica and bass lovers, the IE 80 mids/highs sound quality remains very well-extended if a bit mellow at the brightest parts of the upper-most frequencies. Detachable / replaceable earpiece cabling vastly extends product life. Sennheiser are superb audio engineers and the design, manufacture and accessory set of the IE-80 is top-notch.
What We Think:
In-ear headphone technology has been advancing at a dizzying clip with nearly every audio maker zeroing in on the high-end audiophile market. A variable in achieving excellent in-ear sound quality is that the earpiece fit within your particular ears will highly impact the audio performance you'll hear. In their flagship IE80 earphones, industry gentle giant Sennheiser has developed a unique tuning system that allows listeners to easily adjust the driver response for a truly personalized tone suited to your individual listening taste. A quick rotation of a tiny built-in screw in each IE-80 earpiece adjusts the bass response from smooth and very present to hugely booming basshead tones in a matter of seconds. It's a useful feature to compensate for the weak-kneed bass response of many portable / MP3 players or lower bitrate compressed digital audio files -- or if you just want to have your cranium rocked with spine-tingling bass extension. The IE-80 highs remain well-rendered supported by a detailed mid-range that synergizes smoothly with vocal music and well-produced recordings in any genre. We hear an improved sense of texture and 'air' around vocals and instruments in the IE-80 versus the previous IE-8 incarnation. However, the bass tone can get woolly and 'sub-woofer' murky on the max dial setting, so some judicious fine tuning is likely all that's needed for most 'non-basshead' listeners.
The fit ergonomics and materials construction of the Sennheiser IE-80 is as advanced as their audio engineering. The IE-80 improves the internal capsule design over its forebearer (the IE-8) by adding all-metal construction versus the IE8 plastic capsule, in the process improving the clarity of the mids + highs. The IE-80 earpiece housings are constructed with a very durable brushed metal finish and they can be further outfitted with detachable earloop hooks for better comfort and/or wearing security. The IE-80 package provides a great array of variously sized S/M/L black silicon eartips in both single and double-flange types. The earpieces handily quick-detach from the headphone cord for ease of cable interchange or replacement. The 4ft-long Sennheiser IE-80 earphone cable is very well-built, and properly shielded/insulated to minimize annoying cable noise microphonics; the cable terminates to right-angled 3.5mm (1/8') 'mini' plug jack. The provided earphone nozzle cleaning tool also doubles as tuning screwdriver perfectly sized for the IE-80 miniaturized screw. A handy shirt clip to alleviate headphone cable slack is also included. A strong 2-year Sennheiser manufacturer's warranty remains standard with all their headphone products when proof-purchased ONLY from Sennheiser-authorized dealers -- like HeadRoom since 1992!