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Upgrade time! Components or Cans?

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Ok so here's my current setup.

I'm using a Asus Xonar Phoebus with a AKG K550.

 

I've been thinking of picking up a Sennheiser HD 650 to use at the computer and keep the k550 for outdoor use (I listen a lot of music on the go so it's well worth keeping them).

The reason for this is that I've been noticing that at a certain volume sounds start to kind off blend together and the bass starts to fade if I don't pump it up in the EQ.

 

But now I'm wondering, should I even get different cans or is it a better idea to upgrade the computer hardware first?

 

Any feedback/suggestion is greatly appreciated!

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Hardware is not going to clean up the issues you are experiencing.  Go with different cans.  I suggest a custome IEM or HE-500.

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Originally Posted by Amputate View Post

Ok so here's my current setup.

I'm using a Asus Xonar Phoebus with a AKG K550.

 

I've been thinking of picking up a Sennheiser HD 650 to use at the computer and keep the k550 for outdoor use (I listen a lot of music on the go so it's well worth keeping them).

The reason for this is that I've been noticing that at a certain volume sounds start to kind off blend together and the bass starts to fade if I don't pump it up in the EQ.

 

But now I'm wondering, should I even get different cans or is it a better idea to upgrade the computer hardware first?

 

Any feedback/suggestion is greatly appreciated!

The Xonar Phoebus's headphone jack comes with an impedance of 10-Ohms and the K550 is only 32-Ohm, a less then perfect match.

My 40-Ohm ATH-A900X has the same problem (as your K550) plugged into my Yamaha receiver (high impedance).

A headphone jack output of 4-Ohms or less is preferred for 32-Ohm headphones, Lots of portable audio players and portable headphone amplifier come with a headphone output jack with less the 4-Ohms.

So using the K550 with your portable audio sounds great.

The 300-Ohm Sennheiser HD650 should work fine on the Xonar Phoebus.

 

On another note, how do you like the Xonar Phoebus, music? movies? gaming?


Edited by PurpleAngel - 11/8/12 at 1:38pm
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