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Do cans go bad????

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Given that my "better half" prefers her music no louder than a background whisper, I've been using cans for more years than I care to admit. I basically enjoy my MDR V6's but now the plug is going bad, so I hauled out my old Pro4AA's from the early 80's. I was amazed at how thin and tinny they sounded. Nearly useless. I remember them as having a much better bass response (along with their weight!). Can cans go bad over time? Would re-burning 'em with some heavy bass stuff loosen-up those drivers, or is it boat-anchor time for these Kosses? I'll listen to anyone's $0.02

I'm repairing those V6's, but I'm now convinced I need another set of cans- open this time. I am amazed at how much JUNK there is out there in the $100-150 range being peddled at the mass-market stores. I'm looking for some SR80 or SR125 Grado's to listen to before puttin' down my $$$$.

post #2 of 9
I think after getting used to good cans (V6) the 4AAs sound crappy. I pulled out my pair and had similar results.
post #3 of 9
I would have to agree with Jon.

When I got my Sony MDR-V200s, they sounded great to me. When I got my Sennheiser HD500s, they sounded much more neutral, and even somewhat bright! (The V-200s are incredibly dark). My HD600s still sound slightly bright to my ears, but aren't fautiging. Now, the V-200s sound like a pile of garbage, the HD500s excessively warm.
post #4 of 9
Originally posted by Xevion
Now, the V-200s sound like a pile of garbage, the HD500s excessively warm.
I couldn't agree more with you, Xevion! When I first bought the MDR-V200s (that was six years after I bought my V6s! ), I thought they were decent. But since I listened to my V6s more, and especially after I bought a pair of Grado SR-60s and a pair of Sony MDR-E888LP earbuds, the MDR-V200s sounded like absolute dog crap by comparison. And more recently I demoed the Sennheiser HD500s at a Tweeter store (with my own Sony D-EJ721 PCDP), I thought they sounded no better than my five-year-old Koss Porta Pros. So why spend $100 or so on big headphones with a well-respected name on them that don't sound any better than a $40 pair of small portable headphones?
post #5 of 9
yes they could have gone bad. The magnets probably lost some of their strength over that time. We had an old generator here that hadn't been cranked for 5+ years and it wouldn't generate at all, until we remagnitized it, then it worked great. I think a combination of that and the fact that you have been listening to better headphones is to blame.
post #6 of 9
In this issue of Head-Fi:

'Presence of V6 or HD600 in the house accelerates deterioration of crappy cans?'

post #7 of 9
Wait -- one can argue that cans are more likely to go bad if you lend them to me. Ever see the movie Unbreakable? My super-human strength is to be able to break anything. I'd turn Bruce Willis' character into a jigsaw puzzle.
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Edit: original post deleted. Never mind, wrong thread.
post #9 of 9
I'd think so. I owned a set of JBL82s for quite some time (18 years, perhaps? More?), and kept them in storage. Then they saw light duty as background speakers.

Later, when I tried to really use them, they sounded very, very crappy. No amount of "breaking" could help them; they simply were lifeless. I had to sell them . I loved their sound, but I guess the old adage "they only get better with time" doesn't really apply to anything.
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