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post #1081 of 1087
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Originally Posted by James Freeman View Post
 

individual headphone EQ is mandatory to achieve flat response (..) ?

 

http://www.davidgriesinger.com/headphones.htm

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the coupling of high frequencies to the eardrum varies greatly among individuals.  It is influenced by the volume of the concha, the diameter and geometry of the ear canal, the eardrum impedance and other factors.  Lacking probe microphone measurements at the eardrum, the best way to equalize a headphone is by listening.

 

much like madVR, it's a one-way ticket for sure :wink_face:  but most headphones users can't be hassled to do their homework. Besides there are very very few transparent sounding EQ's, the better your rig the more colored they'll sound.

post #1082 of 1087

Hi Lee, glad to see you here. :D

 

My audio rig is not half as bad.

 

Audio Interface:

Focusrite Saffire PRO 24 DSP.

 

Studio Monitors:

Behringer Truth B3030A, Kevlar woofer and Ribbon tweeter, IMO excellent sounding.

 

Hi-Fi Stereo:

Polk RTi A3 Bookshelves & Behringer A500 Studio Amplifier.

Nice and clear.

 

Headphone:

Audio Technica, M40X & M50.

 

 

My gear is not the most expensive one (I should say cheap), but certainly highly rated by other reviewers.

I buy my stuff after comprehensive reviewing on the web to find the best quality vs cost balance.

 

I EQ the audio using a VST plugin in my DAW (Sonar) for best quality through a loopback function of my audio interface.

I have a endless choice of EQ's (linear phase and not) to play with, so quality is not a problem.

I also correct my monitoring room against room modes via a calibration microphone and an EQ (VST through loopback).

 

I will try to EQ my trusty M40X and report.

 

Cheers!

post #1083 of 1087

Gave up on trying to improve sound with a equalizer. Wasted my time. Just buy better headphones.

post #1084 of 1087
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Originally Posted by Shure or bust View Post
 

Gave up on trying to improve sound with a equalizer. Wasted my time. Just buy better headphones.

 

You are missing the point.

 

Even the flattest headphones measured by a mic will not sound flat with with your ears and head.

Each individual has a different biology therefor EQing the headphones is mandatory for flattest sound for monitoring.

 

The problem with this technique is EQing by ear requires a trained ear, patience and right gear, no easy fix or automation here.

Only the trained ear will yield a close to "personal flat" response, so if you have no time or patience or care about flat sounding headphones, don't even bother.

 

A "better" headphone is definitely not the answer.

post #1085 of 1087

My problem might lie with the Shure 1840's being almost totally flat to begin with. So there is no change really.

post #1086 of 1087
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Originally Posted by Shure or bust View Post

Trying this with shure 1840's. Hopefully I can figure it out.

Dear Friend,


Here you are!

I have measured Shure SRH1840 and added curves to my "collection" in last place of list

http://www.head-fi.org/t/413900/how-to-equalize-your-headphones-a-tutorial/1065#post_11800601

As I expressed before, all curves are such that they are giving as true working equalizer - existing colorings are removed and no new one is added.

BR,

Raimonds

post #1087 of 1087

I've only just stumbled across this excellent and important thread. I haven't as yet been able to read every post but I do want to thank the OP and many contributors for their intelligent thoughts and perspectives.

 

I've just a couple of days ago purchased a pair of AKG-Massdrop K7XX phones and am keen to see if sensible EQ is workable for these cans. Also I suffer from high frequency hearing loss in my left ear. I'm off to see the audiologist in an hour's time for a check up.

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