Originally Posted by clarinet5000
That is a good point you have about using crossfeed vs. without. I read a bit about Midnight Walrus and it sounded pretty good. It seemed kinda old though, and there's a pretty cheap crossfeed add-on for it. Do you guys know anything about it?
In terms of tracks that are 'fatigue overload' The Turning by Symphony X is definitely up there competing for top honors for me. The K701's replication of drum sounds is far above what I have heard before, but I'm certainly not comparing it to anything in the same league, so that should be expected.
I did figure out that it seems to be the upper highs that are bothering me. I dropped the 16K by about 3dB, which seems to make it a bit less fatiguing without altering the sound that much. Additionally, I noticed the fatigue less when I cranked up the volume with that same -3dB setting. It almost makes me wonder if the O2 amp with the 2.5x gain settings is too powerful for my preferences, considering that most rock music I listen to is around 8 o' clock on the volume pot. And that's for full-attention listening. It could also be that the highs just don't seem as noticeable when I raise the volume. Maybe I'm just below the headphones' sweet spot? Perhaps the amp would "control" the treble better with with 1x gain as the lowest setting, allowing me to set the volume higher? Or maybe I'm just misguided?
That tune is loaded with upper midrange / lower treble energy from Michael romeos overdriven guitars, drums and natural vocal break up (IE screaming/screeching if you will). Simple EQ attenuation could be your solution, although it seems you've tried and experimented with that to no avail.
I wonder if your fatigue comes from the muti-track layers in the recording? Michaels guitar tracks bounce back and forth between rhythm and lead. Rhythm tracks are either 2 tracks played near identically, or some kind of post-editing for added ambience... probably a combo of both. Guitar leads/solos are one track... pretty "dry" recorded, almost monaural with minimal sens of ambiance. I wonder if your brain is having a hard time adjusting between the differences? It can be tiresome with the K701. Which more than any other can in its price range has the ability to layer the soundstage and render + re-create a sense of space as the recorded instrumentation bounces back and forth from single to multi-track.
We're dabbling in the realm of psycho-acoustics too, in this scenario how the brain processes sound, which is completely listener dependent. The ears hear two guitar tracks, yet the eyes do not actually see two guitars being played or two stereo speakers re-creating the sound. The end result is conflicting data for the brain to process... fatigue can result.
The K701 does have its own sense of decay coloration too. Its not a totally "dry" headphone, its going to add its harmonic content at the end of each fundamental tone. To me this is where the 701 gets its "plastic-ey, artificial" midrange character that so many members report. Coming from RS1-land, with its woody + Grado resonant flair, the K701 is by comparison.... plastic and somewhat stale sounding, IMHO of course. My personal solution to that has been tube amps with the 701, which unfolds additional layers of pros & cons... but thats another discussion.
Edited by kramer5150 - 3/24/13 at 10:54am