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Do I need to Burn-In, or get an amp? (Brainwavs HM5, sound gutless and tinny without any bass)

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
Hi all, I recently upgraded from my cheap AKG K-44s to some Brainwavs HM5s, and have two problems.
  1. I have literally no bass at all in comparison
  2. The sound is really tinny due to the fact the bass isn't really there

Can these be remedied via burn-in, or do I have to buy an amplifier? Sorry if I've asked obvious questions, I've only had the K-44s prior so I'm really new to headphones in general. Other than that, they are very comfortable and snug.

Thanks in advance for any and all replies!
post #2 of 7
Yes, I would definitely say you will need an amp to drive these(63 ohms). Not a bad idea to start with something like fiio e7 or e17. It should make a huge difference.
post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the reply, I'll grab one ASAP!
post #4 of 7

No problem, pretty sure you will enjoy the pair very much.  See ya around.smily_headphones1.gif

post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
Just got an e7 yesterday, amazing!

I don't get any static or whirring when I'm I'm not listening to anything, the bass is present again and sound quality is noticeably better overall.
post #6 of 7

Also, give yourself some time to adjust to the headphones too.

post #7 of 7

Glad to know that E7 is working for you. Cheers

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