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Blown ATH-M50. AU-Lab and heavy use culprit?

post #1 of 5
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Hello,

 

My ATH-M50s started buzzing and now stopped playing nearly all bass frequencies. They went from sounding grate to sounding like crap in a month of use.

 

I have ban using a program called AU-Lab to boost mainly the bass. Its basically an equalizer that adjusts disables across your audio out port, not just inside itunes. on the visual indicator i red-lined frequently but it seamed as if the headphones could handle the boost. I stopped boosting when I heard clipping. 

 

I think that these headphones should be able to withstand the boost. These where shipped from china but where in a sealed package. I'm expecting difficulty returning them or getting a refund/replacement. 

 

?Thoughts on M50s breaking and the use of AU-Lab?

 

AU-lab Link 

http://www.studiotoolz.net/au-lab

 

ATH-M50 link

http://www.head-fi.org/products/audio-technica-ath-m50-studio-monitor-headphones

post #2 of 5

"on the visual indicator i red-lined frequently"

 

Are you still able to hear anything? HELLO??? I would be more worried about blowing my hearing rather than a pair of cans. You will not get a refund/replacement on your ears, trust me. You won't get one on a pair of cans that you blew up either.

post #3 of 5
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Originally Posted by nervanis View Post

 These where shipped from china but where in a sealed package. I'm expecting difficulty returning them or getting a refund/replacement. 

 

 

Are you sure they are real and not counterfeits? Assuming they are real, I would contact AT and try to get it fixed under warranty.

 

Here's a thread about fake m50s: http://www.head-fi.org/t/513866/has-the-fake-ath-m50-arrived/345

post #4 of 5

Yoooo i got dis studiotooolzzzzzz programn gives u fat mad beets, blow ur base out, make u bleed!

 

Come on. I'm starting to think this craving for increased bass is some sort of bodily response to going deaf. Please OP, I can't hit the volume limit of my 150ohm ER4S on my Sansa Clip+ without hurting. Save your ears and your future headphones.

post #5 of 5
Clipping or amplifier distortion causes the voice coil to overheat and melt. You see this a lot with car audio noobs who buy underpowered amplifiers for their subs and turn their gain all the way up because they think it's a volume control *facepalm*

Any headphones will be destroyed by constant clipping. It's not the fault of audio technica.

The bass boost may as well made the speaker diaphragm exceed its xmax and possibly even xmech, which means you destroyed the suspension.

Either way, its 80% chance your fault. The only reason it wouldn't be your fault is if you got fakes.
Edited by Xaborus - 11/20/12 at 1:28pm
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