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post #31 of 36
Originally Posted by castleofargh View Post

 when doing some real listening, i can't imagine being under... say 60 or 70db. else the soundstage collapses and all music with a high range of dynamics would result in not hearing the most quiet sounds. (i love normalizers for movies but i can't resolve myself to massacre a fine piece of music with those tricks)


on the other hand when i listen to music at home while doing something else, i would go lower and lower in volume over time and end up, i guess, around 40db (that would be the fans of my computer level of sound). with such low volume, everything is a mess from soundstage to bass.  i gave up on soundstage as i'm not really listening, but i tend to go for bassy headphones on those occasions to keep the "feel of music". that way when the bass begins to fail, there is still enough to be neutral. given that those small bass left have the ****tiest damping you can dream of.


if you can't stand badly controlled bass, i guess something closer to a monitor would be best.



ps:got a hd650 (again) recently and i must agree with the others,  it is surprisingly nice for quiet listening. just don't expect to hear the hd650 at its best, but details are ok and the smooth signature goes well with the idea of relaxed low volume listening. 


I often listen at low volumes. My room is pretty quiet so there isn't a heck of a lot of ambient noise. 45 - 50 dBA is quite sufficient in such situations. I can go even lower, around 40 dBA. Below that, and music sounds more like a whisper and is not especially rewarding.

post #32 of 36

I would like to revive this thread, with several head-fier's dealing with tinnitus and hearing loss,

I would like to recommend listening at low to moderate volumes - loud is out for me.


Having said this, both the Grado SR325e, SR80e's are great at low volume - but the best headphones

I"ve ever used for low volume is undoubtedly the Grado GS1000i (the 1000e is very similar, as may be the original GS1000),

using proper dac/amplification in your system - I use the low priced and discontinued ALO Audio the Island -


and the enjoyment is sublime! I liken the experience to listening to a modern Quad electrostatic speaker system,

like I've heard demonstrated at TAVES audio show and elsewhere - the headphones disappear, leaving the original

performance with all of its detail, subtleties, etc.......the sound lacks Nothing except perhaps the very lowest octave - for me this is

WORLD Class and the BOG (Best of Grado)!


....again, I'd like to see more promoting of low volume listening, too many of us out there are doing our hearing a disservice.



- highest praise to the Grado GS1000i and low volume listening!

post #33 of 36
IMO high treble and high treble/bass headphones should be good for low volume listening. I'd guess DT 880/990 may fit the bill. As would headphones from AKG.

HD 650 is okay for low volume listening but doesn't engage you until it is loud.

The best for low volume listening should be HD 800 IMO. But Grados should do a good job as well, but I'd guess the bass would take a hit as they are anyway bass light.
post #34 of 36

not my pair - the GS1000i sound fantastic in the bass,

wouldn't call them bass light 

post #35 of 36
I have a Sennheiser HD650 open back and a Beyerdynamic DT770-PRO-250OHM closed back. Both are high impedance (300 ohm and 250 ohm respectively) used with a Schiit Valhalla tube headphone amp. They both sound quite nice at low listening levels though the HD650 in all aspects has superior sound quality.
post #36 of 36

a vote for Grado SR325e.....sounds really excellent at low volumes with my iPhone 6s+!

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