ALSO, could be this! Its just with some tracks and I think its also bothering me just because/when I´m fixating on it
m17xr2b, what dac are you using?
That's what I'm doing at the moment
figured out that mp3 quality (which I normally don't use) is extremely bad but it happens also with some wav tracks. than it could be the recording quality
Agreed. In most instances, I've located the sibilance in the source, it's just more pronounced with these phones.
what would you suggest as change for me?
In my case, I'm using a decent DAC/amp, a Fostex HP-A7, which pairs well with Sennheiser, and since both the phones and amp are new, I can't make many upgrades for some time. I'm still burning in my 700s, but like you am noticing the sibilance on some files. But after switching phones, and listening to different tracks, I'm discovering that much if not all of it was always there--I'm just noticing it now with these more revealing phones. Assuming there's nothing wrong with your 700s and amps, or any of the connections, then it's possible you'll have to be selective with your listening choices. I've noticed more sibilance in older recordings, jazz and classical, esp. if playing from lossy files. I've been seeking our some pristine recordings, quiet vocals or piano to listen for sibilance, and finding that the hissing is not in the headphones but in the recordings. I'm not sure if this is helpful in your case, but I understand your concern.
Thx for your reply! Tried that and I couldn't agree more! I compared the most sibilant songs to other cans and after the sibilance was revealed by the HD700 I heard it even with my HD650 ( not as pronounced as with the 700 but still obvious), what I never expected!
It's pretty remarkable and exciting how much is revealed, but is forcing me to rearrange in reconstitute my archive.
There is few albums I absolutely adore that I can't listen with the HD700, The Strokes -Is this It, is one of them. The better your system become the more you start detecting faults in poor or average recordings you used to enjoy with run of the mill headphones.
True! I'm also finding that I enjoy listening to things that just sound good on the 700s.
I've had a couple songs (out of 35 hours of listening) that were sibilant as well and the first thing I did was compare with the HD650 and found the same thing. The sibilant spots were still there just not as obvious. I chalk it up to a poorly recorded song.
Congrats on the purchase! I'm sure that you're real going to enjoy them!
I prefer a tube amp with the HD700 and have had luck with Amperex PQ's in the Schiit Lyr. I've also heard good things about the Telefunken Cca's. I'm sure your amp will drive them to adequate levels.. every once in awhile I use the Audioquest DragonFly which drives them loud enough but the Lyr adds great dynamics and authority. Which amp are you going to be using?
Whatever the price is, is it worth it to you? $730 sound like a screaming good deal but I'm in Canada. I have no regrets on the $1K I paid for mine. I'm really enjoying them long after the the bill has been paid.
My E9 puts out around 317mW into 150Ω and they sound fantastic, so you shouldn't have any problem.
I think $730 is fantastic deal. Sennheiser should price them: HD650 for $350, HD700 for $700, and HD800 for $1400. I think they would sell more HD700's at that price, they wouldn't be so close to the HD800 then.
Edit: I also feel the LCD-2 should be around $600 not $1000