I am not here to ask you about what headphones I should get. I passed that step around Christmas time when this website saved me from getting the butt of all audio jokes, the Beats By Dre. I went on to buy a pair of Audio Technica ATH-M50S Limited Edition. So far, they are definitely a HUGE step up from your average Apple earbuds or these 10$ no-names at Wal-Mart. But I feel like I'm not getting the most out of them. I returned to this wonderful audiophile community for some help.
The ATH-M50s are alright, but they don't pack as much of a punch as the reviews say, so I've learned of 2 things to improve that.
1. Burning them in : I've heard that burning them in with "Pink noise" and "Brown noise", etc. would improve the sound quality greatly, but I need someone to elaborate on what it is and how to do it.
2. Amping : I would be using a personal amp because I mostly listen to music from my iPod Touch. I listen to a fair variety of genres (electro, dubstep, pop, rock, alternative, classic, reggae), and I torrent my music. I have been looking at FiiO amps, but with these specifications, (1) is an amp necessary? and (2) what amp(s) would perform best?
Also, I would like to understand what I am listening to and how to "diagnose" what a pair of headphones sound like. Ex: What is a ground loop, what qualities do "fun" headphones have, etc. I'd also like to see if there is something similar to a Bose demo where you can listen to music and a voice tells you about things to pick up on, kind of like practice.
If anyone has any answers or suggestions to my question, please post on this thread. It would help me out very much!!!