Originally Posted by ezzieyguywuf
I'm not as satisfied with the sound from my livewires as I thougt I would be.
Ok actually immedietley after typing that I went ahead and did a comparison with my grados and actually I am satisfied :-D
So, I'm using my cowon D2 as my source, and I find that my grados sound best at 40-45 volume level (out of 50). That's kind of loud, but I don't think it would damage my ears. With the livewires, I've read that 14-15 is a safe listening level on the D2. My dilemna is that they sound best (most like my grados) at about 27 volume level. Am I going to ruin my hearing at this level? It doesn't hurt or anything. I did a test yesterday, and I think 30 is probably near max for me on the D2 before it could be harmful, but 27 is awful close.
Also, I'm getting great isolation! I used them all day today and yesterday at work (a machine shop) where I usually use foam ear plugs. They worked as good as the ear plugs when paused (I could hear my co-workers talking to me) and better with music playing (could only hear the loudest noises in the shop, which are pretty loud). My left ear is a little looser than my right ear, in that I found when moving around a whole bunch, it seems to move around. It takes a lot to break the seal in the left ear, and in the right ear its pretty damn near impossible. If I'm sitting still, both are fine. Is it worth it to try to get a refit on the left ear?
Also (and finally) are my impressions of the sound somewhat reasonable? I guess at first I was gonna say i was not satisfied b/c at low listening levels it sounds kind of "veiled", as if i'm not getting all the detail that I want. I still think the SR60s might be slightly better, in that they sound more open. They are open 'phones though :-D
I wouldn't go on volume settings as this is different for everyone. Also if I have my EQ settings on full across all bands I use less volume, so EQ settings can make a difference to volume levels also.
What is important is that the volume level is comfortable for you. I can listen all day, take my Livewires out and have a normal conversation with someone. If you start to experience fatigue, and you have problems hearing people talk right after you take them out, then it's likely to have been too loud.
I would start with volume levels at "0" don't look at the volume level but slowly increase, listening carefully, until you have a "full" sound. (It will sound veiled until you reach this) It's a sweet spot that you find works for you. Going louder from there is pointless, can actually degrade sound, and be harmful to your hearing.