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post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by droido256 View Post

In my experience frequency response ranges mean diddly squat. That tells you what the driver is capable of but I've found real world use means little. I've had 20-20k headphones that sounded like subs, hollow or screechy.

When we talk about frequency response we usually mean the measured frequency response curve not the fantasy frequency response range provided by manufacturers.

post #17 of 19

Per prior posts in this thread, listen to a bunch of headphones with your portable source (player-amp).

 

Try to find the headphones that best match your taste, so you can avoid using EQ to make up for headphone attributes you don’t like.  Signal processing such as EQ can be very difficult to do well without negatively impacting the stereo signal and some can hear that difference.

 

BTW, if you have a Best Buy near you that has a Magnolia home theater display area, be sure to look in there. I’ve found that the BB’s near me only display certain high-end headphones there (e.g. Denon, B&W). 

post #18 of 19

Be wary of what BB plugs their headphones into though.

post #19 of 19
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Originally Posted by streetdragon View Post

Be wary of what BB plugs their headphones into though.

Yes, good point.

 

The salesperson in the Magnolia area was able to let me use my own player to audition headphones. That was not possible for many of the headphones in the display area in the main part of the store. Also, try your best to normalize the volume (using your gain setting) to account for varied headphone efficiency.

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