I am not a in-ear earphone fan, cos I hate the feeling of pushing something into my ear, so never bought any good quality earplug phones in my life.
Recently, I stopped driving to work, instead I take bus every morning. An earphone isolating the noises in a bus seems like a good idea. I understand that nowadays in-ear phones could be crazily expensive, as I am not that dedicated in headfi, I told myself, a 2k in-ear should be good enough. But it is quite difficult to find a hifi-quality in-ear at this budget, especially if I insist to choose something famous like sennheiser/AKG/beyer....etc
Last week, I found the Sennheiser IE80, the ex-flagship, is selling for less than HK1800 (shipping included) in Amazon, without hesitation, I ordered one immediately. (it is 34xx in Hong Kong)
The item arrived in 4days, great job amazon.de!
New from Amazon euro, authorizied dealer of Sennheiser
Inevitably, Made in China
The little box is very beautiful, giving good protection to the IE80 when travelling
I pair it with my IFI Micro iDSD dac amp, using iphone 6 as player
In iphone 6, I use the Onkyo HF Player, can play native DSD files, DoP to iDSD via Apple camera kit (thunderbolt to USB OTG cable)
The sound is extremely rich, not beyer's clean and high res. A little flat, the soundstage is not compressed but reasonably extended. I like it. The new IE80 is not very good at bass, and mid is a bit weak, I am expecting improvement after 100hours,
The IE80 is a lovely in-ear, quite balanced, an excellent choice of music tool for daily commuting, especially it is now only 1800HK$