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How to tell if headphones are blown?

post #1 of 8
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I put on my DT 990's when I got home tonight and they sound horrible all of a sudden. I have no idea what's wrong. I checked my receiver, sounds card, etc, everything appears to be functioning normally. I was EQ'ing my headphones last night at some pretty high volumes and got the bass up way too high at one point. I'm worried I may have blown a driver or something. Is there a simple way to check this without returning the phones first?

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An EQ should not blow the headphone. If you were using an amp, then maybe. Most of the times, a blown speaker's bass is where you can see the change. The 'thud' will sound loose, with no punch.

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An EQ should not blow the headphone. If you were using an amp, then maybe. Most of the times, a blown speaker's bass is where you can see the change. The 'thud' will sound loose, with no punch.

i had them hooked up an receiver. This "thud" is exactly what I am hearing. Kinda of pffft, pffft, instead of a boom. I guess I'll go ahead and contact Berer and see about a replacement if possible.

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An EQ should not blow the headphone. If you were using an amp, then maybe. Most of the times, a blown speaker's bass is where you can see the change. The 'thud' will sound loose, with no punch.

Do you have any idea what I did wrong? I really don't think I ever turned the volume up past a good hearing level. I can't figure out why I would have blown them. Im listening out of a yamaha HTR 5830 receiver and I've never had the volume above -15db.


Edited by renergy - 5/29/12 at 6:14pm
post #5 of 8

Did you plug them into the headphone out? If yes then the chances of blowing your headphones are small.

Also try turning off the EQ and whatever settings you changed to ensure its really your headphones that are the problem.

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Did you plug them into the headphone out? If yes then the chances of blowing your headphones are small.

Also try turning off the EQ and whatever settings you changed to ensure its really your headphones that are the problem.

Welp, I discovered the problem. Turns out, I'm an idiot. It was a bent audio extension cable the whole time. I tried it on a bunch of different sources, just not with different cables.  blink.gif When I plugged straight in they sounded good as new. Now I just need a new cable. 

post #7 of 8

I hardly think that qualifies you to be an idiot.  It just didn't occur to you that a cable can go bad too.

 

In any event, you're older and wiser now!  Look on the bright side, a new extension cord is a lot cheaper than a new set of cans!
 

post #8 of 8
And I was going to say the smile on their face would tell if they were blown or not. wink.gif
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