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I set my EQ like this for my HD380, should I get different phones?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

I was listening to Krystian Zimerman playing Chopin's piano concertos, and I found that I enjoyed the music much more with my equalizer set like below. I'm wondering if there is some other headphone that would sound like this without correction.

 

Otherwise, I love my sennheiser hd 380 phones. They are a lot more comfortable than the 280 for my big ears.

 

Thanks for any suggestions!

 

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post #2 of 11

You're probably not going to like this but here goes anyway.

 

I listen to a lot of piano and recently auditioned new cans for with a view to replacing my HD280s. This included the HD380s. They sounded great with rock and similar genres and the bass was a great improvement on the 280s but when I auditioned using piano as my source I was disappointed. These cans changed the sound of the piano so it no longer sounded natural and I decided I couldn't live with a piano sound like that. It had a similar effect on string tones.

 

So I'm guessing that you are EQing thes HP because of this sound signature?

 

Anyway, to cut a long story short I parted with a bit more money and bought the Shure SRH840s. I've now got the 280s at work running through a small amp (PA2V2) and they are a great sounding set of phones, they just need to be driven to get the best out of them. That said they are not a patch on the Shures.

post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the suggestion! I have 10 days before I can't return the hd380s, so I'll see if I can audition the shure SRH840. I imagine I'll miss the comfort of the Sennheisers.

post #4 of 11

If you're only planning on ever listening to that one album then yes, you could find some better phones. On the other hand what you're likely doing is compensating for how the music was recorded; they could of bumped the mid-bass and lowered the treble.

post #5 of 11

http://aloaudio.com/fostex-tr50rp-orthodynamic-headphone-.html

+

http://schiit.com/products/asgard/

 

you will thank me later

 

OR!!!! since the fostex can handle some insane current

http://schiit.com/products/lyr/

 

*note an amp is not required as they sounded DAMN good out of a sony walkman out of a woo2 I was blown away for classical an piano*

I highly suggest the fostex t50rp for classical/piano, with a good amp they are even good for rock.

post #6 of 11

˄ Stock the Fostex don't sound very good at all, I've been playing around with mine for months and I'm still not happy.

post #7 of 11

waitwut?!?!?!?!?!?!! do you have a bad source or what when I put them on I thought they were playing music out of some super highend monitors, it sounded like the music was all around me and super detailed and natural.

post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by WhiteCrow View Post

waitwut?!?!?!?!?!?!! do you have a bad source or what when I put them on I thought they were playing music out of some super highend monitors, it sounded like the music was all around me and super detailed and natural.


The general consensus is that they sound exactly like $80 headphones right out the box, this is why there is such a huge thread on modification. The sound was bright and detailed, however it lacked the body and intimacy I am used too with my other phones. I haven't wrote them off, I'll have another go modding them but as I say this is a requirement.

post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 

I find that I only have one or two acoustic recordings where I feel that the EQ I showed above is too strong. Now that I've thought about it, I think I know why I prefer the sound that way. I'm thinking that the EQ I showed above makes music sound like it did in my Dad's old Sony MDR-V6. Since I grew up listening to them, maybe I expect headphones to all sound like that? I can't be sure, since those headphones are long gone. Maybe the question I should be asking is: What sounds like the Sony MDR-V6, but more comfy?

 

I disagree that the hd380 sounds exactly like the hd280, although the only difference might be the bass.


Edited by gft - 5/15/11 at 7:14pm
post #10 of 11

The V6 is a neutral monitoring headphone with lean bass... perhaps a Sennheiser HD600 or Beyerdynamic DT880 would suit you, possibly an AKG K701. You could also try velour pads on the V6 for comfort.

post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by gft View Post

 

I disagree that the hd380 sounds exactly like the hd280, although the only difference might be the bass.


Where did anyone say that? The HD280 is a far more neutral sounding HP but needs a good amp to bring out its best points.

 

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