So here's a question I've been researching for awhile now, here and on other sites and can seem to find no other instance of this weird thing that happens, it seems like to me alone, and it really getting on my nerves!
At higher volumes - not mind blowing, but on the 'high side' - I get a weird, random "static" sound in my left ear and only in my left ear. It occurs with most music, but typically only during passages where the mid-range is prominent, whether vocals or instruments, generally within that particular "mid-range" band, but not exclusively.
It isn't "crackling" all the time, even during the right conditions, but probably 40-60% of the time. After much 'troubleshooting' I have found it happens with ANY headphones or IEMs I'm using, as well as ANY source. Even stranger, when I swap whatever phones I'm using from R to L, the problem stays in my left ear!
It happened first when I got my first pair of Shure SE215 IEMs fed straight from my iPod. This really annoying "static", which I really thought was just those particular IEMs that couldn't handle a little volume, was what first compelled me to look at headphone amps in the first place, thinking it must have something to do with the iPod / SE215 combo.
I upgraded to Shure SE315s, then traded those in for the SE425s. I bought a Fiio E7 amp and around that time, my eyes were opened here on Head-fi and I upgraded to a RSA SR-71A shortly after. By this time, I've also got full size DT-880-250s and K702s and a Burson amp. The problem seems to be "attenuated" slightly on the full size cans and the better amps, but it's definitely still there.
I have basically narrowed it down to the point where it MUST be my LEFT EAR somehow, but WHAT? I hear just fine! Even after going through an elaborate de-waxing and cleaning regimen in both ears, I still get this really annoying static sounding noise as soon as I turn the volume up a little.
Can anyone help me with this strange problem?? Has anyone else ever even heard of something like this happening??? HELP!!!
Edited by texastrader - 4/25/12 at 5:24pm