I've recently purchased a pair of HD 25-1-ii's and they sound great, however I'm trying to determine if they are faulty...
I'm getting static/ crackling in quite a few tracks (especially in 'loud' or 'busy' songs).
I also get the static crackling in lower volumes, so it's not due to me blasting the volume. So the sound does not discriminate to volume.
One song that i noticed produces this sound in the headphones is Only, by Nine Inch Nails. The sound occurs 25 seconds in until 40 seconds in.
I originally thought it was due to MP3 files being compressed. So I ripped the CD into both FLAC and WAV, and both of these files don't make a difference to the static or the crackling.
Also, I've listened to the song using regular earphones, 1 pair which reproduced the same, or similar, sound, and one pait that didn't. I've also played the song on my PC's Logitech Speakers which can reproduce the crackle, whereas my Panasonic 5.1 Surround Sound Speakers don't seem to (the subwoofer rumbles at that part of the song though, so this may be masking the static if it is in the recording, and not my headphones)...
Is this due to possible faulty headphones, the recording of the music itself (even in lossless) or is the HD25-1-ii just not up to the task of handling some of these songs? I've also head that the HD25's are extremely unforgiving headphones when it comes to the quality of the source, revealing lots of distortion, static etc... I just don't think songs would be recorded and distributed with this sort of static or crackle apparent.
Cheers guys, any help much appreciated as I can return these in the next couple of days if something is wrong.