Originally Posted by tigon_ridge
Everything looks alright, but that attenuation between 200 and 1000 looks very drastic. That'll definitely significantly color the timbre of drums, whose 2nd and 3rd order harmonics are in the mids.
I'm EQing it down because there seems to be some ringing between 400-650 Hz inherent to HE500's drivers; that is NOT reflected as a hill in the frequency response measurements, but I perceive extra volume there due to the ringing. The EQ down helps ameliorate it.
Without the EQ there it's still fine, just that on some tracks with tons of filters that introduce excess harmonics in that frequency range (e.g. this track) and on loud volumes, it's apparent.
I think this "issue" with the HE500's lower midrange is paradoxically what that contributes to its "bloomed" midrange characteristics, as vocal music with this slow decay in the 500 Hz region gets really lush and musical. Case in point - if I temporarily reverse the EQ around 400-650 Hz, vocal music become a lot more intimate and up-close.
Edited by jerg - 8/1/13 at 9:12am