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post #31 of 34
Took me about a week to really get into my AD700s when I first got them. Some people might say that its the headphones burning in, but I don't believe that. I think it was just me getting used to them.

I recommend you try them for a week or so then try going back to whatever you were using before. If you still don't like them, look for alternatives. IMO they are great headphones, for music and games. But it takes time to get used to the sparkly highs and get over the lack of powerful bass. They don't exactly have a "mainstream" sound. Which can be a strength or a weakness depending on what you want.
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post #32 of 34
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Originally Posted by Tinari View Post

Well I was warming up to these headphones as a gaming set and thinking of what I could do  for my music in general when I started listening to some old, high quality files I had (uncompressed WAV files... actually...) and they were still just "good".

 

I then on a random whim dug into my old NSF/SPC (Nintendo Sound File / Sony SPC700 for SNES).  These files are being played in about their purest form possible through Chip Amp.  Now let me get this clear first, I can listen to nostalgic music and get a nice feeling and I always think they sound fairly good.

 

These headphones caused my some sort of sound euphoria.

 

I have dug up and listened to about three hours of various NSF and SPC tunes from various games and the clarity, purity and punch of the bips and beeps is just making the nostalgia trip all the more sweet.  I don't know why my MP3s can't seem to get this same sort of reaction out of me.  Maybe it's more my state  of mind perhaps?  Oh well.  I had planned on keeping these cans but this cinches it.

 

Now I feel like a bit of an ass.  Makes me wonder if it's that my MP3s are just that... bad.

 

And in checking, IT files, MOD files, XM files are the same.  Amazing.


You might have some messed up settings in iTunes or foobar. Like an equalizer gone wrong.

 

post #33 of 34

you might try to get some of the songs on your computer and put them on your ps3/xbox.  If they sound better on the console, then the problem is most likely the dac/amp on your computer.

post #34 of 34
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Now I feel like a bit of an ass.  Makes me wonder if it's that my MP3s are just that... bad.


Yes, your MP3s are probably that bad. You might be able to rip your own music from CDs and perhaps you will be able to tell the difference.
 

I had the same experiences once upon a time. My mother bought me a pair of Grado SR-60s for my 17th birthday—it was probably one of the best gifts ever. I had heard about low-quality sources, but I wasn't prepared to find out that my entire music collection was inaudible on higher-grade equipment. Here's how it works. If you take a picture of an ugly person (Steve Buscemi?) on an old polaroid, they may look attractive because you can't see the details that make them so unattractive. If you took a portrait of the same person using a 30 megapixel large format camera, you're going to see his crooked teeth, clogged pores, oily skin, and so on.

 

The same goes for audio: it turns out that my music had been ripped from scratched disks with bad versions of LAME at low bitrates. I could hear slight skips, noise, digital artifacts, and MP3 compression artifacts. Even worse, I discovered that the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Californication was the principle victim of the so-called "Loudness War." You can hear everything with a good pair of cans, and that's not always a good thing. It's like finding out you're in the Matrix. I ended up re-ripping my entire music collection, finding better mastered albums, and I've never looked back.

 

Also, I didn't know that speakers and drivers had to be broken in before they would sound their best. After reading up on it, I found that 24-48 hours of use at a moderate volume (the loudest you would ever listen to it) will make the drivers smooth out. It sounds like you're past that stage, though.

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