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Why do so many headphones spike at 10kHz?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

Seems to be a very common thing. Anyone know why? Why not 6 or 14kHz? Is it diaphragm material or plastic that resonates at that frequency?




post #2 of 9

As long as the spike's not too strong, I'm fine with it.  =p

post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 

Didn't think anyone would have a clue here..

post #4 of 9

I remember Tyll explaining the peaks/valleys in that region as being resonances between the driver and the ear, the concha, and inside the ear canal itself.  While the driver is could be putting out a flat frequency, the resonances make the measurements appear as if it isn't.  Apparently minor position shifts on the dummy head can cause quite a bit of variability in those frequencies as the position of the ear relative to the driver has shifted, thus altering the resonance.  



I think all this info is in one of the innerfidelity articles if you look at the back catalog.

post #5 of 9

I think the problem doesn't happen as often with open headphone. With the hd598, seems even the contrary problem.

post #6 of 9

My guess is that it gives a little bit of sizzle at a frequency that young and old can hear. If you had most people compare a flat response headphone to one with a bump at 10k I bet most would think the bumped one sounded better.  Consumer speakers often have the same thing.

post #7 of 9

No idea why, but that has been one of my biggest pet peeves since I got into headphones. Glad somebody else noticed, haha. I always have to EQ those spikes down if they are there.


Also, I've noticed that the spike is usually centered around 9kHz.

Edited by manveru - 5/30/12 at 9:05pm
post #8 of 9

What looks like a spike is actually a more gradual increase if you make all of the increments on that chart evenly spaced. 

post #9 of 9

They're already spaced properly.  The graphs account for musical octaves.  As for why not 6khz, I thought it was a common practice among the audiophile headphones sennheiser offers to peak at 6khz-- right in the region of sibilance :S

Edited by TMRaven - 5/30/12 at 10:46pm
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