I've been meaning to start this thread for a while but haven't got round to doing it.
There's a lot of headphones out there each with their own sound signature that makes them unique. Due to these different sound signatures we tend to make a list of headphones that are suitable for what we want while ignoring others that don't meet all or most of our requirements. My question is this. Which headphones can be be "fixed" by equalizing and how would you go about doing it.
For example, I might be looking for a headphone with forward vocals, so (based on reviews) the D2000 and DT770 would be out of the question. But I would also like something with a decent bass in which case the AD700/900's would also be out of the question. Now it would be a real shame if I actually liked most things about the headphones such as their looks and comfort, but am unable to buy them just because they don't have the right sound. If they could be "fixed" by a simple EQ, then it would make buying headphones a lot easier and widen the choices.
Giving an example from myself. I'm looking for an open backed headphone with an engaging sound signature for vocals like the grado's but with less treble, better comfort, a bit less forwardness but the same or better bass slam. The only headphone that seems to fit this description is the AD2000 but it goes way beyond what I initially wanted to spend.
Now I am a noob at all this, so my contribution to this thread will be miniscule but I know not all headphones can be cured by an equalizer. The AD900's for example will not give out any bass impact no matter how much you boost the bass. And increasing the bass, even by a few db has an immediate impact on the clarity which makes it what it is. Other may suffer from distortion when you mess around with the frequency and some headphones cannot be cured of their "metallic" or "plastic" sound as I've heard said about the Beyers and AKG's.
I was thinking maybe we could all get our knowledge and experience and maybe compile a list of headphones that are EQable and exactly what eq you would do i.e +2 @ 50Hz etc.
Not sure how popular this thread will become, or whether it's already been done before. Or maybe it's just a silly idea, I don't know. Anyway I await your idea and contributions.
Feel free to use your own formats, but here's an example of what I mean
Common problems : Solution
Recessed vocals - : +2dB @ 1kHz
Lack of bass punch : + 3dB @ 250Hz
(I haven't owned the denons, this is just an example. Please don't shoot )
Edited by RayleighSilvers - 5/2/12 at 6:15pm