Originally Posted by Ian111
1. Lossless is the way to go. I though I could cheat and get away with using garbage files (128 kbps) with my Beyerdynamic DT1350 but the difference is there. Music sounds muddy/harsh with lossy particularly the bass. With my Grado SR60i it was pretty forgiving but those cans are not as revealing and detailed as the Beyers. Bass! What Bass! Clean and tight and digs deeper than I ever thought these recording were capable of. I'm not a bass head but this kind of bass I can get addicted to! I am digging into my old CD collection and ripping them Apple lossless because I feel like I'm finally hearing these CD's closer to what the artist intended.
2. I thought my Grado SR60's were great but now I'm not sure I can go back to listening to it unless my amp dies which sounds merely acceptable plugged directly into my iPod Classic.
3. Amp. I'm only using a cheap Fiio E6 but my DT1350 needs the juice or it sounds thinner and "tinny" plugged into my iPod. Wonder how much better it would sound with E11 or E17?
4. Burn in: When I first plugged in my DT1350 directly to my iPod I thought it was broken. It sounded muted and way worse than cheap Apple earbuds. Then I plugged it into my Fiio E6 and it sounded like it had potential but still "tinny" sounding. After the first hour it started opening up but still harsh on certain passages. After about 10 hour burn in the sound is much fuller and better overall. Now plugged into the same iPod it sounds dramatically better. 50 hours so far and detect little to no change.
5. iPod: With either my SR60 or DT1350 plugged directly into my new iPod Classic 160 GB 7th Gen the SQ is worse than my old 6th Gen Nano.
6. DT1350: I love the SQ, build quality, and the design/looks of the DT1350. The only thing I don't like is the clamping force which is much stronger than anticipated. Because of that I'd only recommend it for those who are willing to put up with it 30-60 minutes into wearing them. I can live with it but others may not. Otherwise I'd look into Sennheiser Amperior which I've read has similar sound and better in terms of comfort.
well, from one newbe to another:
1. this is opening up a can of worms that can easily turn into a heated argument. 320 kbps mp3s can sound just as good and sometimes better than any lossless file imo. even 128 kbps files can sound good, if the original recording was good, and the decoding was done by a good program. the difference between lossless and high bitrate lossy files is a fact, but whether or not you can HEAR the difference is something debatable and i dont think you should throw claims around as if its fact - state that this is your opinion. i also disagree that one can tell "what the artist intended", and i dont think it matters what he intended either, but thats something else.
2. i didnt understand what you were saying there, are you saying they dont sound good without an external amp?
3.according to the amazon product page for the fiio e6, they can handle headphones of 16-300 ohm impedance, making them good enough for your dt1350, who are probably pretty efficient anyway. HOWEVER i dont own the dt1350 or the fiio e6, so i dont want to make any false claims - i may be entirely wrong. i do own the e11 and they drive my 250ohm dt770s very well, although, if i mess around with an eq, i may have to put it on the high gain setting to reach sufficient volume.
4.this is also an easy target for flaming and controversy. "burn in" is considered by some people to be a fairytale, arguing many things such as saying it takes time to get used to the sound of new headphones - and not the other way around, or that ones audio memory is too short to really make a comparison, and many more. again, i only own one pair of headphones, which is why i refrain from making comments such as these. i feel my experience is too short. explain that this is your opinion - not fact.
5. not a fan of apple products, maybe its to do with the sound cards?
6. have you tried stretching them? not too much so as not to break the band, but if you stretch them over a speaker or something for a day or two it might reduce the clamping force. i read about people whov done this with other headphones and have had some success. i havnt done anything of the sort in person, so i wouldnt know.
reading over what iv read i realized i came off kinda aggressive, sorry, i did mean for this to be an amicable post... i just dont like it when people write up about their own experiences like its fact. i personally do my very best to tell people that everything i write is only opinion. i think that audio is very subjective, and many people hear or dont hear things, where others will say they are the opposite. i apologize if i was too unfriendly about it.