I DO NOT understand these headphones. I am using them with my Colorly C4. Maybe they are settling down or something, some tunes sound truly excellent, just what I want, as long as I have the "right" EQ setting on the Colorfly. If I have it on "Normal" most of the time I am impressed. But not all of the time. Some frequencies are clearly not being handled very well by these headphones. I now have a technician spurring off the analogue from the C4 into a scope that costs 100 times more than the headphones, I need to get to the bottom of this, it is bothering me as sometimes they sound a million dollars and sometimes I find myself surfing around here looking for something a lot better. The former is great, the latter is confusing me as with some tunes they honestly, to me, sound terrible...
Right now I have the James Holden remix of Nathan Fake's "The Sky was Pink" pink playing with the EQ on Bass, and it is beautiful, the frequencies are being handled perfectly and the bass is phenomenal, I am not saying it is the best in the world, but it as good as I have heard from headphones. Then I can flick to another track with the same EQ setting and what I know are similar frequencies and they sound like something you get handed on a flight when you sit at the back of a plane. The difference is that big.
I can be objective when I have the scope hooked up and tuned properly, but subjectively I am starting to think that it might just possibly be the production values or quality of the producer and the kit used to make the music. I know that Holden is a ridiculous perfectionist when it comes to production values. However I also know that "Burial" is also. If I put on that self titled album with the EQ on bass, I may as well just take a jackhammer to my head, I really can hear nothing but heavily distorted bass. I switch the EQ to "Normal" and it all comes good, really really good. I know my wavelengths, I know I cant distinguish exactly between them by just listening, I need the scope, but there is something weird going on. I know that the frequency is similar across both tracks, probably not the same of course but similar, but the results are so different. I know that the production values are high from both Artists. Why does one sound awful and the other fantastic on the same EQ.
It has to be a frequency that is present in some tracks that these things don't like. Or some kind of harmonic clash.
I will find the guilty frequency band, by listening and watching. Then I will either admit that I have a defective pair or write to Denon with my findings as well as post them on here.
I didn't notice this before at all, could this be part of the burn in process?