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Question.

This is going to sound a bit embarrassing, but I've had these headphones for about 4 years and I still haven't been able to hook them up to a DAC or anything. I mostly just plug them into a 3.5mm port on my laptop, desktop or phone. Because of this, does anyone know of any equalization settings that might help me maximize my sound? 

Honestly, you aren't missing all that much IMO. The HD558 (I'm assuming that's the one you're talking about, but this is the HD5x8 thread after all) is very easy to drive and in my experience, has sounded pretty much the same out of my various sources. I've tried it straight from my iPod Touch 5g and my MacBook Air and it didn't really sound any different from when I plugged it into my Topping D20 DAC + SMSL sApII Pro amp stack that's connected to my computer.

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Honestly, you aren't missing all that much IMO. The HD558 (I'm assuming that's the one you're talking about, but this is the HD5x8 thread after all) is very easy to drive and in my experience, has sounded pretty much the same out of my various sources. I've tried it straight from my iPod Touch 5g and my MacBook Air and it didn't really sound any different from when I plugged it into my Topping D20 DAC + SMSL sApII Pro amp stack that's connected to my computer.

Totally agreed. However buying an O2/ODAC or JDS C5D isn't bad, considering that you *may* upgrade in the future.

 

Now I have something to ask those of you with the closed HD598. Does it sound as "dark" as the HD558? Is there any problems, like the rattle problem that happened to some HD598 a few months ago?

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Totally agreed. However buying an O2/ODAC or JDS C5D isn't bad, considering that you *may* upgrade in the future.

 

Now I have something to ask those of you with the closed HD598. Does it sound as "dark" as the HD558? Is there any problems, like the rattle problem that happened to some HD598 a few months ago?

I tend to go the route of get the headphone first, then worry about the amping later. DAC and amp have their effects on the sound quality and signature, but if it can get loud enough, the headphone is the biggest difference to pay attention to first and foremost. Still certainly not a bad idea to have their next upgrade be a DAC/amp.

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Which headphones have stronger clamp force? HD518 or HD 558.
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Finally got my project 518's done ...

 

 

Repainted, HM5 Pads (Fit properly this time around), Grills Removed, Added some clay around the driver housing.

 

Hot damn these things sound better than my old 598's did, certainly give my SHP9500's a run for their money.

 

Still something odd about the damn bass ...

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Finally got my project 518's done ...

 

 

Repainted, HM5 Pads (Fit properly this time around), Grills Removed, Added some clay around the driver housing.

 

Hot damn these things sound better than my old 598's did, certainly give my SHP9500's a run for their money.

 

Still something odd about the damn bass ...

 

Looks pretty cool! What do you find odd about its bass?

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Looks pretty cool! What do you find odd about its bass?



Hard to explain to be honest, in stock trim they would give me a headache after 30 mins of listening. Very poorly designed out of the box IMO.

 

Listening to them again this morning they seem to be so much better, very neutral across the board.

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Hard to explain to be honest, in stock trim they would give me a headache after 30 mins of listening. Very poorly designed out of the box IMO.

Listening to them again this morning they seem to be so much better, very neutral across the board.

Interesting. I find them to sound pretty weird too. As if its upper bass or lower mids sounds shouty to me ears when I listen to people talk in videos. They sound too close to my ears. On the other hand, I actually don't experience the same even with closed headphones with nonexistent soundstage (in your head sound). However, after I swapped it with 598 pads, they sound much more natural, but with less bass of course.
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Interesting. I find them to sound pretty weird too. As if its upper bass or lower mids sounds shouty to me ears when I listen to people talk in videos. They sound too close to my ears. On the other hand, I actually don't experience the same even with closed headphones with nonexistent soundstage (in your head sound). However, after I swapped it with 598 pads, they sound much more natural, but with less bass of course.


Yeah, that is a good way to describe it.


Makes me want to jump on a pair of HD600's even more.

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