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Well, I never bought into high-end headphones myself. Heard the HD800 many times through many systems, trying to find that "large, impossibly big" soundstage, and could never hear it. Instead, I heard a lot of treble and some stridency/sibilance. So I thought people were just crazy. Then I heard the Abyss, and I wished it was more... euphonic. And then I heard the HE-560. Now I have built a headphone system that when I put on, I honestly can't tell about 90% of the time...
Well, the mid-bass bump is... actually not so much a mid-bass bump. Notice how it's centered around 300Hz or so. That's more a lower-mid bump. And also if you'd pay attention to the scale, low bass is -10dB down from that bump, which... is kind of not the definition of "basshead" per se. More sub bass being perceived as "better" is actually a very natural reaction. This follows the Fletcher-Munson curve pretty well:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fletcher–Munson_curves So......
ODAC or Schiit Modi 2 (non-uber) seems to be what you're looking for.   I think Modi 2 might be a better fit based on early impressions, but I could be wrong.   And even if you listen to Youtube, a DAC still makes some differences... provided your headphone and amp can render those differences, that is. From memories, I do recall the DT770 being able to do that with certain amps, though I'm not sure about the Fiio E12...   If you end up not being able to hear a...
Ah, yep. Seen and met those types too often.   I don't necessarily antagonize them, but when I know the discussion isn't going anywhere because they simply haven't experienced the same things that I did, I'd just... let it go.   Let them go about their way, and eventually, I think they'll see things the way I do, at least partially. All roads lead to Rome, right?   It's not like I don't understand their standpoint... of being absolute purists. I'm a purist myself,...
Stable connection. Supposedly less drop out and better latency. It sounds practically like wired mode, but with audible distortions because either error correction is turned off, or working over time to compensate for lost information, so things sound... "off". The general idea is still there, but imagine... listening to 64kbps MP3. It's kinda like that.   Either way, though, I'm still very happy with my XB950BT. After mods, it really is just a bit behind my HE-560 in...
It's like an after-thought mention that I found in the online documentations...   I didn't bother looking at anything provided in the box, but I wouldn't expect it to get any better a treatment than the online documentation.   It seems Sony intended for this headphone to operate solely in "Normal mode" (if people don't know how to cycle through the modes, they wouldn't try), and I can understand why from a sound quality perspective. It is the closest to "wired" after...
Yeah, the operational mode sticks.   Basically...   Power + Volume Up at start up doesn't "invoke" a mode, what it really does is it cycles to the next "step up". So if you're in "Stable mode", it'll go to "Normal mode" and stay there. If you're in "Normal mode", it'll go to "High Quality mode" and stay there.   Power + Volume Down at start up does just the opposite. If you're already in "High Quality mode", then it'll step down to "Normal mode". And if you're in...
Well, be that as it may, EQ still can't inherently "fix" the physical limitations and shortcomings of your listening device. It can only mask it so much.   Just like with a photo (I'm a photographer, by the way), one can only apply so many tweaks before they reach the limits of what information is stored in the photo, and what isn't.  By that, I mean... the camera can take a nice photo, yeah, but if it lacks the dynamic range to preserve information in the extreme white...
Well, I think it also matters at which level THD+N was measured at.   My amp can have 0.001% at 25% volume knob, yeah, but what will that figure be at 50% or 100%, where higher gain is applied?   At 25% of the volume knob, a lot of things are hardly audible, and not just distortion, but at 100%, where a poorly designed amp may be approaching (or past) its limits, I wouldn't be surprised to see THD+N become a meaningful (and frightful) number.
Differences between the 3 wireless modes:   "High Quality mode" (3 blinks): rolled off treble (!), more bass nuance, so I'd guess this mode is "compensating" the hardware waveform to reduce high frequency intermodulation distortion, but other than that, latency seems to be about the same as "Normal mode".   "Normal mode" (2 blinks): totally uncompensated, so more treble. There is slight distortion in the treble, and bass probably not as solid as "High Quality mode",...
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