Originally Posted by tbmj
Thanks for the reply. Yeah, I am running out of my integrated sound chip and this pc is quite old, but I have an audio-gd nfb-15 ordered (they're just burning it in for me at the moment). Good to hear it will supposedly help.
What don't you like about the treble?
Sorry, forgot about this thread. Basically it's just piercing, though I've EQ'd it down and it sounds much better / the treble is much more tolerable. I'm one who doesn't like treble much though anyways; I prefer balanced if not slightly below balanced treble. E.g. AD700s killed my ears and gave me headaches. Ironically though, the only singer/rapper I can stand (and like) with the excess sibilance (aka no EQ) is Eminem. Sounds surprisingly normal. I can't hear well above 14kHz though.
Also, I can't tell if it's placebo or not but it does seem like even the E9 (AQ DragonFly v1.2 > E9 > HE-400) seems to help a bit. Previously retired it because I thought it was a hassle and I felt as if the channels were imbalanced after reading about it's channel imbalance issues with the pot below 9, but now it seems okay. Seems to sound less congested / has better separation/imaging and the bass seems to hit slightly deeper / harder. Female vocals also sound less.. thin when compared to running the 400s straight out of the DF.
Regardless, the difference between an integrated soundcard and a dedicated DAC/amp should be tremendous really. Least for me personally it was.
Edited by AyeVeeN - 7/5/14 at 2:41am