Originally Posted by RoMee
Thank you for taking the time to listen to us minority with low-fi headphones
I've never suggested that about bass-heavy headphones, nor has anyone else in this thread. In fact, the HE-400, DT990, and Phiathon headphones were all pointed out as high quality headphones that are widely considered to have strong, great quality bass. I can back that up, too, showing how the singular sound aspect of bass was not dismissed as unimportant. I'll even add now that many closed headphones have awesome bass and sound quality, for example the highly regarded Denon D7000.
In my case, just because I think "choosing a headphone with the signature you like plus an amp that adds little color is the best way to get the desired sound signature" and a balanced amp suits the widest number of people, does not mean your personal taste preference is wrong.
I've read posts about people who really seek out "fun" colored music experiences, and specifically one was very happy with the Beyerdynamic DT990 600 ohm + E09k pairing. This E12 is suitable for an even wider audience, a portable basically on par with the desktop experience, and I think most people except the most extreme bassheads will be happy with the moderate sub-bass lift of the current boost and be able to just leave it on. I also think that shifting over the boost peak will still not satisfy those that want the boost quantity
of the digizoid ZO, while also making the boost something that is "more fun" yet something they'd use with fewer songs & genres. Still use it, but not leave it on all the time.
In my mind, i guess that the spread of how many people are of a taste is like this:
Do I have hard data to back that? Nope. But the majority of products (hp, DAPs, DACs, & especially amps) I see are pretty centered on the Balanced part of the scale, though also common is a moderate amount of the "smile-shaped" frequency response that typically trades a little ear fatigue for extra "fun" involving sound, a little more bass warmth while also lifting a bit of treble to keep from sounding dark. I often see us consumers switching between balanced and "fun" to keep from being bored or pained over time, and those that further pursue the hobby often own headphones of both kinds simultaneously.
Maybe some people will like an amp that can EQ a "balanced" headphone to sound "fun" and be able to switch with a bass boost, and maybe the new boost will do that for some. But I think that the people with a need for an amp that can power hard-to-drive headphones and
can be used portably are the kind of people that will own several headphones, now or later, and the sub-bass boost would suit a wider range of headphones.
Anyone is free to make a compelling argument for a different perspective, that's cool, but lets keep it copacetic?Edited by Evshrug - 2/12/13 at 8:16am