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Is It the amp or is it the drivers that are clipping? Sony XB500?

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Hello headfiers, i have an issue with my Sony XB500 headphones. I notice that when i crank up the volume on the fiio e11 very high, when the bass gets to a point when it becomes subwoofer crazy, i hear clipping sound from the drivers. I hear the clipping sound on the right driver first and when i increase the volume even more, the other starts to do it. I have noticed that i can only hear the clipping sound from bass frequencies. What i can identify is if the clipping sound is the drivers that can't take the bass, or is it the fiio e11 amplifier that delivers a clipping signal at high volume levels?

 

So what do you think and if you use the same amp (fiio e11) or a similar one, do you experience clipping sound on high bassy volume levels?


Edited by Bassheadspl - 2/2/13 at 10:30am
post #2 of 5
NwAvGuy said this about the E11:
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The E11 has very odd overload/clipping behavior into 32 ohm and lower impedance loads

Google "nwavguy e11" for the full review (I'm not allowed to link to his blog directly).
Edited by skamp - 2/2/13 at 10:47am
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Thread Starter 

But the XB500's have a ohm impedance of 40ohms, would it still be effected by the overload clipping behavior from the fiio e11 amp?
 

post #4 of 5
Ah, I wrongly assumed it was lower than that (the XB700s, which I own, are 24Ω). I don't know, sorry.
post #5 of 5

Could really be both. But if you make either the driver or the map clip, I think you might be listening a bit too loud wink.gif

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