I've got some serious fatigue and it's bumming me out.
When I get "head's down" at work, I might be listening to my Sennheiser HD414 set for multiple stretches that are easily 1 hour+.
I tune out distractions.
So here's my setup at the office.
--> Spotify on my HP laptop -->
--> "Realtek High Definition Audio" drivers/soundcard (set at 16 bit 44100Hz cd quality) 1/8" out -->
--> Altec Lansing desktop speakers (it has a volume control knob and a 1/8" out which is handy) 1/8" out -->
--> Grado 1/8" to 1/4" mini extension cable -->
--> HD414 -->
--> my head.
Yesterday I passively listened to the following -
Toyamosu Hotei - ELECTRIC SAMURAI, at least 3 times it's a 45 minute album.
Daft Punk - Discovery, 2 and a half times.
Today, I put my cans on and hit play, (Discovery was still loaded), I almost instantly felt pain and took them off.
As I sit here writing, they hurt.
Not ringing, mind you, just pain.
Would "proper amplification" help me avoid problems from extended listening?
The other night my Stax were bothering me, too.
I was running them of my ipod Classic through a Dennon integrated amp (i.e. not a very impressive dedicated source or amp).
About a week ago, I had ANC headphones (Audio Technia and Sony; have to check models) on for the better part of a 14 hour flight for movies mostly. Aside from light soreness on the ear lobes themselves I had no fatigue.
So what gives?
Thanks for any input
Originally Posted by bigshot
Aside from mechanical issues of headphones not fitting one's noggin, listening fatigue is almost always a result of imbalanced frequency response. A narrow spike in the upper mids can be pretty much inaudible when listening to music, but it can cut into your ears like a knife. Cranking the treble can do it too, and that's easy to do if you have a little hearing loss at the top.