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HD 25-1 II Cable question. again -_-

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 

I know there have beens tons of posts about this but i just got my HD 25 originals and when I turned the volume up on my ipod, the highs just about exploded my eardrums it was so rough. I'm an audionoob, but is this what people mean when the say the HD 25's sound too bright? 

I was hoping the HD6x0 cable would smooth it out a bit. Yes? No? 

post #2 of 18

No, the HD6x0 cable is not an analog filter.

 

Wait some time and your ears will get adjusted or your ipod simply does this volume not well..


Edited by monoethylene - 5/29/11 at 3:03pm
post #3 of 18

The HD6*0 cable was not designed with HD25 in mind - it was made to work with higher impedance drivers of the HD6*0 series. I tried HD650 cable on HD25 and IMO - it was a downgrade in sound quality. Sound lost definition and attack was softened too much making the headphones sound too warm, almost muddy. Also, the cable added a strange coloration to the sound that just wasn't right to my ears - the timbre of vocals and real instruments sounded off.

 

If you want to upgrade the cable on HD25 for better sound, you need to purchase one that was made with these headphones in mind, such as one by Headphile, Stefan Audio Art or Head-Direct/Hifiman.

post #4 of 18


 

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The HD6*0 cable was not designed with HD25 in mind - it was made to work with higher impedance drivers of the HD6*0 series. I tried HD650 cable on HD25 and IMO - it was a downgrade in sound quality. Sound lost definition and attack was softened too much making the headphones sound too warm, almost muddy. Also, the cable added a strange coloration to the sound that just wasn't right to my ears - the timbre of vocals and real instruments sounded off.

 

If you want to upgrade the cable on HD25 for better sound, you need to purchase one that was made with these headphones in mind, such as one by Headphile, Stefan Audio Art or Head-Direct/Hifiman.



All is subjective but I think that the stock cable was designed for nothing. It is just cheap in production. Even the T1 have a normal microphone/ patch cable..and when the OP writes

 

"just about exploded my eardrums"

 

 

it is maybe smarter to get another pair of headphones or another source instead of buying "Headphile, Stefan Audio Art or Head-Direct/Hifiman"

Back to the question

post #5 of 18

Apart from recabling them with some decent copper wire, add Dynamat Xtreme to the back of the drivers, that will clean up the treble a bit.  Arts & crafts plastiline may be nearly as good and cheaper, not sure.

 

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post #6 of 18
Thread Starter 

thanks guys!

post #7 of 18

Always glad to help. smily_headphones1.gif BTW, the HD650 cable did make the highs smoother on HD25. That was probably the only improvement I heard.

post #8 of 18

How about letting the drivers burn in a little first, Cables shouldn't affect the sound, Unless the cables are terrible and not pure copper.


Edited by natashaful - 5/29/11 at 3:42pm
post #9 of 18

Even not pure copper doesnt affect the sound.. :)

post #10 of 18
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Even not pure copper doesnt affect the sound.. :)


Well, I have two pairs of Mb Quart QP805 closed headphones here - one with the stock cable and another one that is recabled with a Mogami hi-def cable and the Mogami recabled pair sounds noticeably different from the stock pair. My friends confirmed it too when I gave the two pairs of cans to them to try out. So cable can make a difference.

 

post #11 of 18
Thread Starter 

Ya ive only given them about 30-40 hours of burn in. i'll let em sit for 3 more days. 

post #12 of 18
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Ya ive only given them about 30-40 hours of burn in. i'll let em sit for 3 more days. 

 

30-40 hours is not enough for HD25 IMO. Give them at least 100 before making any final judgements.
 

 

post #13 of 18
Thread Starter 

You guys sure a quick 0.o

post #14 of 18
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Well, I have two pairs of Mb Quart QP805 closed headphones here - one with the stock cable and another one that is recabled with a Mogami hi-def cable and the Mogami recabled pair sounds noticeably different from the stock pair. My friends confirmed it too when I gave the two pairs of cans to them to try out. So cable can make a difference.

 



You will say when I will come one night and change the headhpones and put one on your head then you will tell me which cable? :)

 

Maybe there is a subtle difference but all is subjective..

post #15 of 18

That's actually correct, The only thing that could possible make them sound different is the efficiency of  the power travel to headphones via the cable, Since headphones are low power i don't think you would be able to tell with the human ear, Sure better cables will give better performance over a longer period of time due to oxidization of the copper, But when the cables are new they should be indistinguishable from each other unless the original cable wasn't up to standard from the factory IE defective.

 

Nat :)
 

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You will say when I will come one night and change the headhpones and put one on your head then you will tell me which cable? :)

 

Maybe there is a subtle difference but all is subjective..



 

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