Sennheiser launches IE 80 and IE 60 audiophile earphones in India
Sennheiser has launched the IE 80 and IE 60 audiophile grade earphones in India. As is the case with most professionally tune audio gear, these earphones are expensive. Both cost Rs 24,990 and Rs 11,990 respectively. Sennheiser calls these ear-canal phones rather than earphones to be precise and both are designed for monitoring audio in live or studio environments.
The IE 80 for starters is the successor to the IE 8, which for sometime has been the benchmark for professional monitoring earphones. With the IE 80, Sennheiser uses a dynamic transducer that encapsulates the entire frequency range. Apart from this one can expect the clipping artifacts to be kept to a minimum, as these are designed for professional recording or performance use, where the artist needs the sound quality to be very precise.
Sennheiser, further claims that the dynamic transducer is capable of reproducing the most subtle nuances in complex musical passages, usually found in genres like classical, jazz or progressive rock. But, the big deal out here is the ability to customize the sound on each speaker through a continuously variable sound tuning control for precise adjustment of the bass response. This feature is a big deal for musicians as the low–end often can get muddled in the mix, in particular during a live performance and the ability to tune each and every speaker can surely make things easier in loud environments. According to Sennheiser, all this is possible via a miniature adjustable screw, through which the user can increase or decrease the bass response according to ones preferences.
Other special features include a rugged housing with an interchangeable cable and a carrying case with special drying pads that protect the exclusive earphones against humidity when stored.
Of course, the Sennheiser IE 80 is not the only option out here, especially when Logitech Ultimate Ears branded products are available in the market. Ultimate Ears Custom In-Ear reference monitors in particular are good options for consumers as they also provide a custom tuned audiophile sound.
Apart from the high end IE 80, Sennheiser also has launched the IE 60, which basically attempts to service similar functionality but at a much more affordable price point. Sennheiser claims to provide immense sound isolation, which is a prerequisite for an audiophile earphone. Another cool tidbit that Sennheiser claims is that the IE 60 does not loose detail and clarity at lower volumes, a problem that plagues many an earphone. Like most earphones, the Sennheiser IE 60 utilizes neodymium magnets to power the transducer.