I want to share an observation with all of you. As we all know, the DT880s are unforgiving when it comes to poorly mastered albums. For instance, this can come in the form of music that was too compressed, and music that clips, along with other things I am sure. I have always had trouble with what appeared to be a type of high frequency which would not be comfortable for me to listen too. I thought this was an inherent defect with my ears, even though this is not common for me. I am discovering that allot can be explained by music that was mastered and allowed to go into clipping. I think some headphones "gloss" over this feature of the music, which is usually subtle to begin with. I think the resulting effect may be music that is "colored" and less clear (detailed) sounding.
I have moved from the Fidelia player to the Audirvana Plus player for the Mac OS. I will not go into the details since this is not a Adirvana thread. However, I have found that this player handles clipped music particularly well with no apparent loss in detail. The same clipped music does not make my ears uncomfortable, even when this clipping can be obvious to me at times. So there is some audio signal processing going on here that modifies the sound. I think all players "color" or alter the sound in various ways, some more than others. That is how they make their product appeal to others. But I am finding that there are some players that appear to do a better job at it than the others, without any *obvious* sacrifice in sound quality.
PS: I do find the highs emphasized a bit, for more apparent clarity.
Edited by r010159 - 2/15/14 at 3:15pm