Originally Posted by BrokeStudent
If this is the best bass an open headphone will give me then (I wont ever afford the LCD2) I will just have to settle for it. Do not get me wrong, at quiet to medium listening levels, I do like the texture and impact...and to be honest its growing on me the more I listen to it. There are so many qualities to the HE400 that I absolutely love thus far however I wish it just had more umph to the bass. The part I bolded is what I can best describe the bass as, its accurate and 'somewhat fun'. I just wish I didn't get that "bzzz" noise when I turned it up past a certain point.
Right now I am using my PC(onboard sound) to winamp(maiko wasapi) to an E11 (Gain high, EQ setting on 2, I think thats +6db?). The PC has all effects/eq off, winamp has all effects/EQ off. Windows volume is set to 80% and winamp volume doesn't allow any control due to the plugin. If I turn windows up to 100% then I more quickly get the "bzz bzz" type of bass so I find turning it down in windows a slight bit and turning the amp up a bit gives me more volume and bass before the 'bzz' type distortion.
For comparison, I borrowed my friends ultrasone 900's and am listening to the same song with the same eq/gain settings. The ultrasone has deep, powerful, rumbling bass, the HE-400s is honestly just buzzing. It no longer sounds like a subwoofer but a tinny bzz bzzz bzzz sound. I realize these(ultrasone) things are considered bass monsters but they have more of that type of bass I am looking for. I can feel my ear move, I can feel my ear shake/vibrate when the song calls for it. The problem is I don't like how the highs and mids sound on these. The sheer clarity that the HE400's have over them is amazing, however, I just cant seem to turn these up to good levels without a good amount of distortion.
DO you have a diffrent program you can try? I know i had a lot of problems with WInamp myself.
I use JetAudio (came with the cowon). Not sure if you can get it free thou. Try a few diffrent programs if you can (VLC, windows player, online radio) to figure out if the source "could" be the problem.
Diffrent cans will respond diffrently for calls from the sound card probably. As far as i know, the E11 is a better amp whan the E17, but i cant be 100% positive on this since i dont own the E11.
Do you have any chance to test your HE-400 with that song on a better amp?
Also, what is you onboard sound chip? Is there a chance (rather small but hey!) that your onboard chip handles the Bass on the ortos wrongly ?
I mean, its hard to think that you get this form of distortion and i dont (since i hate any distortion, no matter how small), from the cans themselves.