Hello there, I'm something of a short-term lurker, used this site to get a lot of useful info the past couple of weeks, given I'm fairly new to quality headphones. Considering how much I enjoy my music, I'm surprised I haven't invested sooner, but my £5 Phillips earbuds were really beginning to show their weaknesses.
Anyway, I picked up a pair of Grado SR325is and one of these Meridian Explorers. Today is the first time I've been able to try it all together, certainly been very impressed so far, even if the best is yet to come from the burn-in period. Just a few questions though, if anyone would be able to put my mind at rest:
a.) I'm familiar with the LEDs on the Meridian lightning up depending on the audio-rate of the music being played. I'm using Foobar2000 for my playing needs, and I've followed the instructions on the sheet included with the DAC for installing. The thing is, in the Speaker Properties, I've set the Default Format to 24-bit, 192000Hz, given I have FLAC files of that quality in my library. Sure enough, the 3 LEDs light up when playing them. Though when I play 44.1KHz files, the 3 LEDs stay on. If I set the Audio Properties to the 44.1KHz, then it still only shows 1 LED when playing 192KHz files. Shouldn't it be altering the LEDs lit up depending on the music being played? Should I have the audio properties set to a different value? Both the 'Allow applications to take control of this device' and 'give exclusive mode applications priority' are ticked.
b.) Going through a laptop, I'm just wondering how "loud" 100% on the PC volume would generally be through such headphones, rather than cheapo £5 earbuds. I had visions of these things being deafeningly loud, at such a setting. Obviously it depends on the music, my Punk Rock music is generally fairly loud at 50% PC volume, perhaps 60-75% tops before it's uncomfortable, 80-90% on Rock/Metal, then a lot of my classical stuff is quite comfortable at 100%. My hearing is probably not as good as others, but I was getting the impression from some of the personal reviews, that people were generally staying around 50-60% system volume. And the music software is at 100% anyway. (Think is mostly varying volumes of music library, majority of rock music is below 50% volume)
Problems solved :)
Edited by simon83uk - 2/21/13 at 1:17pm