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Originally Posted by satanigatan View Post
 

I recently bought new HD-600. After a lot of soul searching, I decided that my HD-600's were the best headphones I ever owned. My old 600's broke during a move (so sad). Anyways, the new ones are fantastic. I forgot how tight the headband and the clamp is. My old 600's were easily the most comfortable headphones, but I guess that's what 8 years of use will do to a can (they feel so good broken in). Anyways, I'm getting a slight crackle when listening to certain songs. It only happens during orchestral pieces. Mostly piano bits. I put some hard heavy hitting electronic music, and it handles it like a champ. No crackle. Only on (I think) higher frequency sounds like piano. It doesn't happen on every piano bit either. I've heard some truly stunning pieces and it only cracking on certain spots. 

 

I've tried a couple different albums to make sure it wasn't the same thing. But nope, same thing. It's kind of random too. I've only tried it on my Anime soundtracks. I guess it's possible the recording are bad, but the HD-600s are usually pretty forgiving. I dunno if there is something wrong with my cans, or if it's just a fluke thing. Hmmm.

 

I'm using Schiit Lyr/Bifrost btw. 

Could be the amp clipping. Also maybe have a look at the drivers make there isn't a hair or dirt in there. But because they handle electronic music fine makes me think it could just be the recordings. I would find a good modern piano recording and turn them up see if the same happens. 

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I just tried 5 Cm Per Second's soundtrack (it's an Anime OVA). The soundtrack is almost all quiet piano. Aaaand no crackle. Must have just been the other recordings. Both crackles happened on a Miyazaki soundtrack and the Girl who Leapt Through Time soundtrack. Must have just been distorted recordings. What a shame, I love those ones. I'll still listen to them, but those crackles are a tad bit annoying. 

 

My god, I'm constantly being blown away by how much detail these cans pick up. 


EDIT: You know, going back and listening...I realize that both times the crackle happen on those other ones, it's during a hard piano note and a violin string vibrating harshly at the same time. It's almost as if, both frequencies are so loud and happening at the same time, they make the crackle effect. I'm not sure if that makes sense. Either way, I'm certain it's the recording now. Because other soundtracks with strings and piano isn't making the sound. Just those ones.


Edited by satanigatan - 1/3/14 at 11:34am
post #5658 of 8279
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Originally Posted by satanigatan View Post
 

I just tried 5 Cm Per Second's soundtrack (it's an Anime OVA). The soundtrack is almost all quiet piano. Aaaand no crackle. Must have just been the other recordings. Both crackles happened on a Miyazaki soundtrack and the Girl who Leapt Through Time soundtrack. Must have just been distorted recordings. What a shame, I love those ones. I'll still listen to them, but those crackles are a tad bit annoying. 

 

My god, I'm constantly being blown away by how much detail these cans pick up. 


EDIT: You know, going back and listening...I realize that both times the crackle happen on those other ones, it's during a hard piano note and a violin string vibrating harshly at the same time. It's almost as if, both frequencies are so loud and happening at the same time, they make the crackle effect. I'm not sure if that makes sense. Either way, I'm certain it's the recording now. Because other soundtracks with strings and piano isn't making the sound. Just those ones.

If you lower the volume, do you still hear the crackle? Do you have different gain controls in your audio chain?

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Originally Posted by satanigatan View Post
 

I just tried 5 Cm Per Second's soundtrack (it's an Anime OVA). The soundtrack is almost all quiet piano. Aaaand no crackle. Must have just been the other recordings. Both crackles happened on a Miyazaki soundtrack and the Girl who Leapt Through Time soundtrack. Must have just been distorted recordings. What a shame, I love those ones. I'll still listen to them, but those crackles are a tad bit annoying. 

 

My god, I'm constantly being blown away by how much detail these cans pick up. 


EDIT: You know, going back and listening...I realize that both times the crackle happen on those other ones, it's during a hard piano note and a violin string vibrating harshly at the same time. It's almost as if, both frequencies are so loud and happening at the same time, they make the crackle effect. I'm not sure if that makes sense. Either way, I'm certain it's the recording now. Because other soundtracks with strings and piano isn't making the sound. Just those ones.

Oh well thats good news then, better to have a dodgy recording than defective hd600's. But just goes to show how transparent they are :)

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You can get the clipping intentionally by e.g. cranking up the volume in software. Make sure it's not over 100% there. I'd also say it's not the 600.

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Oh jeez. Yeah I'm using iTunes and it's set to 100% volume. I then adjust the knob of my Schiit Lyr. Should I have the iTunes volume set lower?


EDIT: To be clear, I don't have my Lyr cranked all the way up. Because the iTunes volume is set so high, I barely crank it up on the knob. I guess I'm probably doing this wrong. And the iTunes should be 60% volume, and I should be cranking the volume up high using the Lyr? 

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Originally Posted by frequencies View Post
 

You can get the clipping intentionally by e.g. cranking up the volume in software. Make sure it's not over 100% there. I'd also say it's not the 600.


Edited by satanigatan - 1/3/14 at 3:43pm
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The best way to deal with using a computer as a source is to get a DAC.  That will bypass your volume control completely.  Something as simple as the $99 Schiit dad works fine.  there are lots of options with DACs.  But I do believe that is the best course to follow.  computer to DAC to amp.  I also use Audirvana as my software because it plays nice with iTunes.

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I'm an idiot for posting on this thread as I don't have these headphones yet, but does anyone know if the HD 600 has a warmer sound than the HD 598's?

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I believe you're doing it right, software should be set to 100% and analog volume control at your Lyr.
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Originally Posted by Ophiel View Post
 

Yep that's right :). Although to be honest I've never heard much of a difference

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Since I'll be receiving a pair soon (Monday! Whoot!) and need a new DAC + amp anyway, what are the fan favorites for the HD600?

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Originally Posted by Keithpgdrb View Post

The best way to deal with using a computer as a source is to get a DAC.  That will bypass your volume control completely.  Something as simple as the $99 Schiit dad works fine.  there are lots of options with DACs.  But I do believe that is the best course to follow.  computer to DAC to amp.  I also use Audirvana as my software because it plays nice with iTunes.

I use audirvana too, definitely an upgrade to the sound quality.
Ifor tubes, it's best not to play to low or too high their volume range to avoid distortion / imbalance.
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Originally Posted by BBEG View Post
 

Since I'll be receiving a pair soon (Monday! Whoot!) and need a new DAC + amp anyway, what are the fan favorites for the HD600?

 

how much are you willing to spend ? 

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Originally Posted by HaVoC-28 View Post
 

 

how much are you willing to spend ? 

 

For DAC and amp, preferably $300 or less, but I can be convinced to go up to $400.

post #5670 of 8279
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Originally Posted by BBEG View Post
 

 

For DAC and amp, preferably $300 or less, but I can be convinced to go up to $400.

Can't go wrong with a Yulong DAH-1 mk2.  A used Meier Stagedac/Concerto combo is a bit above your price point, possible at $600 but could end your search and lingering upgrade-titis also.

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