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Too much bass bad for headphones?

post #1 of 35
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I must emphasize bass. I often use the EQ to raise the bass, maxing out the 32Hz and bumping the 64Hz very high as well. Is that bad for headphones? I really like the bass, but I rather not break anything.

post #2 of 35

I'll be honest and say I'm on the verge of accusing you of bad taste, but what are these headphones you're pushing so much in the bass anyways?

post #3 of 35

I would have to agree... Might aswell use SineGen and move the slider up and down from 0-100 Hz in a rhythmic fasion :)
Buuuut aside from that and more OT, I'm slightly curious about this aswell.

post #4 of 35

I think it varies by headphone. Some headphones respond very well to emphasized bass, like the M50, XB700, and ES7. Others don't. The AD700 (being bass anemic), didn't take too kindly to emphasized bass. It can take SOME, but it starts getting distorted after raising it more than it can hold. The K701 is bass shy, but responds a lot better than the Ad700 to emphasized bass.

 

I think it's safe to say that headphones with good bass can take a good bump. I also think it works better on closed headphones compared to open headphones.


Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 6/10/10 at 2:32pm
post #5 of 35

Well I've had my Sennheiser HD 212 Pro at +19.5 on 62Hz for probably 3 years or more now and they haven't broke on me yet. So at least some headphones can whitstand huge bass emphasize at least. Like Mad Lust Envy pointed out I also think already bass heavy closed headphones probably take the bass boost better cuz they were designed to output a lot of bass. But let's not forget the most basic thing, ie. volume. Usually speakers can whitstand a very high (painful) volume of a higher frequency without a prob but if you'd let it play a bass heavy song at same volume it could easily break in matter of secs. This is why I usually avoid listen to my trance music at high volumes but listening to some good ballads or rock or video game music for example I usually up the volume considerably. Besides being worried about the headphones breaking I'm also getting worried about my hearing, I don't think listening to "earshaking" bass is that healthy in the long run at high volumes and neither do I enjoy it. :p

 

OTH I've thought the speakers have broke on me a couple of times due to slight "rattle" sometimes but it turned out to be a vibrating piece of hair. ><


Edited by RPGWiZaRD - 6/10/10 at 3:37pm
post #6 of 35
Thread Starter 

haha thanks guys.

 

I'm currently using ATH-A700, and I really think even without changing anything, the bass is plentiful. It's just that sometimes I want a short burst of bass (it's a personal thing).

 

lol @ sinegen 0-100; it's not that bad (that actually hurts)

post #7 of 35
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Originally Posted by shawn1cai View Post

 

I'm currently using ATH-A700, and I really think even without changing anything, the bass is plentiful. It's just that sometimes I want a short burst of bass (it's a personal thing).

 


You should be happy of having such amont of bass, My cans (D2000) have enough bass and i've never had any problems.  

If you are not happy with them, look for another set of cans. 

post #8 of 35

Can't be bad, it's not like the bass will have enough energy to shatter your skull.

post #9 of 35

Get some cans that dont need fullysiksubwoofah eq'ing, like the XB700

post #10 of 35

No wai! EQ-ing the XB700s for more bass is TOTALLY awesome!

post #11 of 35
Thread Starter 

haha thanks for the input guys. I'm guessing that putting the bass up will not damage the cans?

(I am happy with them tho. most bass from any i've owned)

post #12 of 35

Unless you start hearing popping or crackling, I'd say you're within the limits of the headphones themselves.

post #13 of 35
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Originally Posted by shawn1cai View Post

I'm currently using ATH-A700, and I really think even without changing anything, the bass is plentiful. It's just that sometimes I want a short burst of bass (it's a personal thing).

 

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Originally Posted by Mr Joboto View Post

Get some cans that dont need fullysiksubwoofah eq'ing, like the XB700

 

Uh-huh. I don't know about damage, why stick with cans that have the wrong signature in the first place? 

post #14 of 35
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

Unless you start hearing popping or crackling, I'd say you're within the limits of the headphones themselves.


Thanks!

 

As for the Sony XB700, I gotta say thats some fine-looking can.

post #15 of 35
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Thanks!

 

As for the Sony XB700, I gotta say thats some fine-looking can.

They are VERY well built as well. Though the pads might look a little goofy, as they are HUUUUUUUUGE, like monster truck tires on your head, lol. Really soft tires.
 

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