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The unexpected part is made explicit in the next sentence: "...the IEC 60268-7 headphone calibration is not optimal for achieving the best sound quality."
An interesting paper from Sean Olive of Harman (AKG) is set to be published at AES2012 in a couple weeks that should be of great interest to folks in this forum:   http://www.aes.org/events/133/broadcast/?ID=3181 ------------------------ P10-1 The Relationship between Perception and Measurement of Headphone Sound Quality—Sean Olive, Harman International - Northridge, CA, USA; Todd Welti, Harman International - Northridge, CA, USA Double-blind listening tests...
I'm using the original base-level DAC1, revision H from 5 years ago. The lights in front do not change, and this happens regardless of whether I'm using optical or coaxial input. I don't have any issues when pausing tracks using my PS3's digital output. I do think it's something specific with Squeezebox players.
  I have Squeezebox Touch -> Benchmark DAC1, and I'm hearing a click/pop at my speakers/headphones about 30% of the time when I pause/unpause or manually skip to the next track. I don't know if it damages my speakers but it sure is annoying to hear.The Squeezebox people are saying it's the DAC's problem because their digital outputs are always on. This has been an issue since I got my DAC1 5 years ago.   Any way to fix this?
Quote: Originally Posted by EliasGwinn I can only guess, as I've never heard of this before. My guess is that it has something to do with the differences between the designs of the RCA and XLR input stages in the amplifier. Possibly the DC coupling or input transformer of the XLR stage is causing significant low-frequency attenuation. The XLR and RCA outputs on the DAC1 use the exact same signal source and components. All the...
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Hi Elias, I have an old Benchmark DAC1 Rev H. I'm using it to drive a Bryston 4B-SST power amp, and recently I discovered that the XLR connection sounds different from the RCA connection to the power amp (after volume matching). The XLR output sounds distinctly higher, as if passed through a high-pass filter, and to me the RCA output sounds more correct. I don't think it's a cable issue because I've tried different cables of both types. I'm not sure if it's DAC1 or the...
Quote: Originally Posted by immtbiker The 650's are like a vise grip on my head. The thing with the 650's headband is, it's very malleable. I spread it and it stays stays that way, so it's almost just resting on my head right now. The HD800's metal likes to return to its original shape, even after intense bending, so it's got a way harder grip on my head right now.
Dammit Sennheiser! You come up with the best sounding headphones I've ever heard, but you decide to change the fit of the headphones from what has been a staple from 580's up to the Orpheus, for no good reason that I can see. You also decide to use bulky plastic, adding 40% to the weight over the 650's. Is all that bulk around the drivers really necessary? For $1400, couldn't you have used titanium or carbon fiber to reduce the weight? Was there something wrong with the...
Are there any good storage/display solutions out there for large headphones? I have my amp/headphones on a desk at the office, and when I'm done I want to put it in a box so it won't get dusty and the wires wont be all over my desk. Currently I'm using a $3 box from walmart to store $1400 headphones. There's gotta be a better way than this! I'm looking for a storage box or display case that fits well on a desk, and: 1) encloses the headphones so no dust gets...
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