Originally Posted by BushGuy
cooperpwc - I've noticed 3 (maybe more, not sure) equalizer settings. Do you have a theory as to why you have had to make changes since the original posts?
Good question. On the basis of the frequencies at 110 hz, 156 hz and 220 hz where the perceived resonance resides, I have gone from -3, -6, -3 (described as 3-6-3) to 3-5-3 and now to 0-5-3. So the trend has been downwards towards a flatter EQ setting.
The short answer is that I have been experimenting and refining my opinion as to what is right. Here are some of the settings that I have played with over the past five weeks or so that I have had the DT880s:
I think that the leather pads may be wearing in a bit so that less EQ is necessary. Mostly I am biased towards doing as little notching as possible and, admitting that I am a basshead, I am now as much as possible only notching where I feel that it is really necessary - specifically 156hz.
I do still think that 3-5-3 is probably most accurate and may be best for classical but I usually just use 0-5-3 because it sounds great with everything.EDIT - UPDATE:
Shortly after writing this, I experimented again and reduced my setting to 0-4-2. The pads definitely break in. Then I went a further step and the result is this update to the thread
previously linked in my signature:Some before me had found the DT880's upper bass overwhelming with the leather pads and abandoned them. I believe that to be a mistake as they are missing the best of how the DT880s can sound. The leather notch mod is a better alternative.
However, the leather pads break in over time and I have found that the bass bloat is reduced and becomes entirely volume dependent. (This is not surprising: just as yelling in a large hall will cause an echo but talking may not.) I no longer use frequency notching but rather take advantage of the leathered DT880s enhanced bass as an opportunity to keep volume low which I had otherwise been desiring to do. If I hear any bloat, it's like an alarm going off that I'm listening too loud. Used this way, it's quite remarkable how good the leathered DT880s sound at reasonable volumes.