Enjoyable enough, but they need to be better balanced tonally
Secure and comfortable, lots of detail, enjoyable sound
Cloying bass, iffy tonal balance
We were hugely impressed with the standard IE 8 earphones when we first tested them a year or so ago.
And as you’d expect, this new ‘i’ version is the same thing but with Sennheiser’s new mic/three-button control unit.
That means that the enclosures (though fairly chunky) are light, fitting comfortably and securely thanks in part to the wrap-over-ear design.
It also means that each earphone has a switch for tuning bass, which you turn with a dedicated tool.
As before, we’d recommend the lowest setting, but with the IE 8is, that still leaves you with a low-end that’s a bit overbearing – and because it’s also a bit soft, it marginally slows the otherwise punchy midrange and treble.
More after the break
Don’t get us wrong, this is still an impressive, enjoyable performance with lots of detail; it’s just that for £260 we expect better tonal balance.