I saw this post on the V-Moda Crossfade LPs, and I thought I'd ask you guys something, if you don't mind. I've previously used a Sennheiser HD448 and PX 200-II and an AKG K518LE. The HD448 was too bass light for me though the mids and highs were truly beautiful, the PX 200-II was a nice all rounder, but it was sort of a jack of all trades, master of none deal, and the AKGs were quite nice but I much preferred over-ears as opposed to on ears.
Anyhow, I'm into about 100 hours of burn-in with my Crossfade LPs using my iTunes library. It's a pretty mixed bunch, everything from The Beatles and The Carpenters, to Lamb of God and Killswitch Engaged, and Swedish House Mafia and Daft Punk. I've set the volume to 100% in iTunes and 50% in Windows. Is that about right or should I be pushing harder?
I've found that, while I believe it's improved to a certain extent with the burn in, I still don't quite enjoy their sound signature. They're a little boomy, and the mids sort of blur into the bass at times. They certainly come into their own with some EQ-ing though, I give the 32 a slight boost, lowered 64, 125 and 250, and then a boost all the way from 500 to 16k. The mids really come forward, and the high frequencies come out to play too. Thumping bass feels much more tight and controlled, vocals start to shine, and instruments/percussion have a nice sparkle without being too bright.
Okay, that went on a little long. My question is: should I continue burning in these cans or go for an upgrade to the M-100. I'm sold on the build quality on these things, so I'm definitely sticking with V-Moda for the foreseeable future.
If you think I should burn it in, should I push it louder? I'm on just a standard cheapo VIA audio chip in my laptop, nothing fancy. Considering making a leap and getting either the Fiio E10 or E07K to serve as a DAC/Amp too. Would that make a big difference?