Performance Build Quality Comfort Value PRICE $1,000 AT A GLANCE Plus Best-in-class sound Minus Bass sounds more full than accurate THE VERDICT One of the best-sounding in-ear headphones to come along in a long time. The IE 800 is a game changer. I’ve heard most of the world’s best in-ear headphones, and frankly, those custom-molded models fitted to my ear canal from the likes of JH Audio, Ultimate Ears, and Westone regularly trump the universal-fit models. So before I popped on the Sennheiser IE 800, a universal-fit earphone, I wondered if the sound would justify its $1,000 MSRP. I shouldn’t have worried; the IE 800 is a game changer.