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RareAirs
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Ok so with with less than 6 hours left in the drop I Have Another question. How do these compare in overall sound quality compared to the Sennheiser IE 80s? I met up with an old co worker to try out his IE 80s iems from sennheiser that I thought sounded amazing. I’m not an audiophile but the had what I am trying to describe as excited and fun without sounding like consumer signature like skull candy that have no accuracy. He also had the Weston w10’s I believe and they werent as comfortable but were still pretty detailed to what I am used to. I know that the sennheiser ie80s are $350 and the UE 900s at retail we’re $400 so they’re the same price bracket. Any input of what I can expect from these UE900s? Same sq (not talinf signature) as the IE80s?
Nov 7, 2017
inquisitorthreefive
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Having owned both, I like the UE900s better than the IE80 overall. I bought the IE80 as a replacement for my UE900s after my dog ate the right earpiece.
The IE80 sounds very good, with a good sound stage and great bass. However, the UE 900s seemed to have better separation, sounded better to me in the mid and high range and the sound was tighter and better controlled while still retaining decent bass.
The US 900s also had some fit and finish issues; I had to use superglue to put each earpiece back together after the faceplate popped off and there was some corrosion on one of the MMCX connectors, but even with those issues I considered picking them up again despite currently having the IE80s, Nuforce Primo 8s and some weird Chinese hybrids that would be amazing if I could get the sibilance under control. I've had no such issues with the IE80s. They just work all the time every time.
Both are very capable IEMs and it's going to come down to your personal preferences, but I hope I was of some help.
Nov 7, 2017
RareAirs
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Yes it does help. I’m new into the hobby especially with iems I have the Klipsch s4m which I got a couple years ago for like $50 and am looking for an upgrade in the iem world. I actually really like the Build quality for $50 and the Klipsch oval ear tips are AMAZINGLY comfortable that I can wear them for 3 hours straight while watching football and Saturday and sundays. I know these are an upgrade but is it going to wow me compared to my s4m’s? Admititly the audio I listen to is spotify 320kps (might upgrade to tidal for lossless streaming) through my iPad. they will also be used for Netflix as well when working my overnight security job So I need them to have atleast decent comfort. How does the sound signature on the UE900s work with netflix shows/movies as a secondary use? thanks
Nov 7, 2017
inquisitorthreefive
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I didn't use them much for movies, but I think they'd likely do quite well. I used to keep them in for several hours at a time at work when I could get away with that. Can't these days, alas.
I suspect that it will wow you: going from a single dynamic driver at the <$100 range to 4 balanced armatures would be a huge jump in sound quality. You'll have a similar experience with the IE 80s, even though it's a dynamic driver as well. I envy you a little bit, to be honest. The prices go way up from here and the gains are smaller, unless you find some giant killer equipment.
The UE900s and the IE80 are actually both extremely comfortable. You'll likely have to get used to putting the cords over your ears but once you do it's hard to go back.
Nov 7, 2017
RareAirs
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Im offically in the drop! Thanks for your help. When I listened to a friends IE80s earlier he had a lot of flac albums bought but I tried them with my spotify so I knew how they would sound the same lossy compression 320kps I’m used to and I was ”wow’d” lol I’m sure if I listened to them with his FLAC files it would of been an even bigger WOW. I don’t think you can even buy flac files for iTunes since I have a iPad/iPhone 7 and no DAP since a decent dap‘s look to be pretty expensive but maybe a nice sub $200 DAP will come to massdrop then I’ll buy and tryout some flacs! Ill report back when I get the 900s✌️
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