Portable high-resolution listening

Sennheiser IE 80 in-ear headphones

Say hello to Sennheiser's finest in-ear headphone. The finely crafted IE 80 delivers professional-grade sound quality while blocking out virtually all outside noise, so you can enjoy your music at lower and safer volume levels. Encased in a handsome, brushed-metal housing with a rugged, interchangeable cable, it's built for long-lasting performance and durability. Dynamic drivers featuring powerful neodymium magnets deliver ultra-detailed sound with smooth, transparent highs and deep, tight bass. Adjustable tuning screws in the earbuds let you precisely contour the bass response of each earpiece to your liking.

Helpful extras add to your comfort

Ergonomically designed ear tips help create a tight seal that minimizes ambient sound. Sennheiser includes an extensive variety of different sizes and types to help you get a comfortable, custom fit. Made to be worn with the cables looped behind-the-ear, the IE 80 also comes with detachable ear hooks that flex and bend to hold the headphones gently, yet securely in place — even when you're on the go. And the supplied carrying case gives you a safe place to store your headphones when not in use.

Product Highlights:

  • sound-isolating earbud design
  • includes extensive assortment of ear tips for a comfortable, custom fit
  • dynamic speaker systems with powerful neodymium magnets
  • continuously variable sound tuning control for precise adjustment of bass response
  • attenuation of ambient noise: up to 26 dB
  • frequency response: 10-20,000 Hz
  • impedance: 16 ohms
  • detachable 48" straight cord with stereo mini plug
  • detachable earhooks with a flexible/bendable design
  • included shirt clip and cleaning/adjustment tool
  • protective carry case
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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What's in the box?

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  • IE 80 in-ear headphones (medium silicon earbuds installed) with a connected 4' cable (3.5mm plug)
  • 2 Pairs of silicon earbuds (small/large)
  • 2 Pairs of foam earbuds (small/large)
  • 3 Pairs of Lamella earbuds (small/medium/large)
  • 2 Pairs of advanced earbuds (small/large)
  • 2 Ear hooks
  • Cable clip
  • Screwdriver/cleaning tool
  • Hard protective sliding case
  • Safety Guide
  • Quick Guide

Features and Specs

Fit Style In-ear/Earbud
Earcup Type Closed
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Frequency Response 10-20k Hz
Sensitivity 125 dB
Impedance 16 Ohms
Weight 0.56 ounces
Cord Length 48"
Airline Adapter Included No
iPod Control No
Volume Control No
Built-in Microphone No
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years

Product Research


Overview: The Sennheiser IE 80 noise-isolating, ear-canal headphones are designed for on-the-go listening. The in-ear design gives you excellent attenuation of ambient noise (up to 20%) so you can enjoy your music, even in noisy environments. The IE 80s come with four types of ear buds in two or three sizes each, flexible ear hooks, a screwdriver/cleaning tool, and a sturdy storage case.

Sound Tuning Control: Sennheiser offers a unique continuously variable sound tuning control in each ear bud for precise adjustment of the bass response. Using the supplied screwdriver (one end of the supplied screwdriver/cleaning tool), you can tune the bass response independently in each ear.

Drivers: Neodymium magnets provide the power for the dynamic transducer system. These strong, but tiny magnets give you enhanced bass response and greater sound definition.

Earbuds: The IE 80 headphones come with four types of ear buds:

  • Silicone (S, M, L): The silicone ear buds are found on most in-ear headphones, and are made of soft silicon rubber.
  • Lamella (S, M, L): The lamella or "staged" ear buds have two stages to give you a better fit and more noise isolation than the silicone ear buds.
  • Foam (S, L): The foam ear buds compress so they can be inserted into your ear canal, and then expand to conform to the ear canal for an excellent seal.
  • Advanced (S, L): The advanced ear buds are similar to the lamella with two stages, but have a flange on the outside to give you a better seal.

Ear Hooks: The headphone cable can be worn straight down from the ears or looping around the ears. If you choose to wear the cable looped around the ear, the flexible ear hooks can be used to conform the loop to the shape of each ear for a more comfortable fit.

Cable/Remote: The IE 80 has a detachable, 4' symmetrical, straight cable with a 3.5mm miniplug terminal. A sliding cable cinch lets you eliminate the slack in the cable for better comfort. The cable can be detached from the ear buds, allowing you to replace it in case of damage. The cable terminates into a right-angled 3.5mm miniplug.

Storage Case: The included storage case has a sliding drawer opening with molded foam rubber for the ear buds and an indentation for winding the cable. Extra ear buds can be stored on posts on the top of the drawer, while the cleaning tool can be stored on the bottom. There is a space for storing a desiccant packet to keep moisture away from your headphones.

Specifications: The IE 80 has the following specs:

  • Frequency Response: 10-20kHz
  • Nominal Impedance: 16 Ω
  • SPL (1 kHz/1 Volt): 125 dB
  • THD (1 kHz): < 0.1%
  • Connector: 3.5mm
  • Weight: 0.56 ounces (16 grams)

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Sennheiser IE 80

Written By Anonymous, Hampton Va. on Monday, October 14, 2013

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  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Build Quality
  • Comfort
  • Noise Reduction
  • Sound Quality

Initial impression was the cables were thinner than expected. I also had problems finding ear foams that were comfortable for my ears. I was not happy with the sound until I realized they were over the ear ear buds and I was using them upside down. Mt previous ear buds were a pair of Shure ear buds which I was very happy with until the sound level in the left ear bud dropped down to almost zero. The i *80's sound is even better than the Shure ear buds. I am hearing things I never heard before in recordings. I do not use the ear buds for exercising but they do seem to fit firmly into the ear during stationary use. The i 80 does not have active noise cancellation but the room noise is greatly reduced by the great fit. I have to take the ear buds out to talk to people due to the noise reduction.

Pros: Fabulous sound

Cons: Cables look to be a little cheap or thin.