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A noob and his Q40s

post #1 of 11
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Hi everyone,


Yeah I'm a total noob to "higher performance" headphones and this forum. But I am in love with everything bass. Before I bought these M-Audio Q40s I did a ton of research on them, but that doesnt make me any less of a noob in my knowledge of how to use them.

 

Mainly I want -massive- bass production from these things. Just for a bit of backround, I started my career in headphones with a purchase of some MDR-XB500s at best buy (awesome, but i never really pushed their limits like I'm interested in here). They recently broke under extended waranty so I was able to put that cash towards this pair! I would have picked up more XB500s, but you know... discontinued and all that.

 

Anyways, I listen to quite a bit of dubstep right now and the ear massage makes it that much more enjoyable. I'm using Voodoo sound on my nexus s along with PowerAmp to equalize.

 

This is probably the noobest question of all time, but what causes the static with high db bass? Is it a lack of power to the... er... cans? Poor track quality? Phone hardware or headphone hardware limits? And most importantly, can I get rid of the static and really maximize the bass output on these headphones? Or is the point where i hear static the limit of the Q40s?

 

Thanks for your patience with my probably stupid questions! And I did try to search for this stuff before starting a thread, but I really had no idea what to call this static so I didnt really find anything relevant.

post #2 of 11
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Oh, also!

 

This is a huge forum and I realize I probably posted this in the wrong section >.>.  If so sorry! I'll figure it out at some point :P

post #3 of 11

Vmoda M-100. (I listen to 99% EDM)

post #4 of 11
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im sorry. I dont understand?
 

post #5 of 11

'Static' as in 'static distortion' that manifests inly in loud thumps of bass? If you're using them straight out of the headphone jack of a phone that's probabley the problem. Depite the insane sensitivity the Mfr' lists at 116db/1mw (with TBH i'm doubtfull of) these are designed to be plugged to at least some kind of wall-wart powered device for work in a studio enviorment.  

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'Static' as in 'static distortion' that manifests inly in loud thumps of bass? If you're using them straight out of the headphone jack of a phone that's probabley the problem. Depite the insane sensitivity the Mfr' lists at 116db/1mw (with TBH i'm doubtfull of) these are designed to be plugged to at least some kind of wall-wart powered device for work in a studio enviorment.  

Hey dude thanks! Do you think an amp might help? Or should I be looking into audio cards?

post #7 of 11

I dunno, It's a matter if you need the added functionalities of a dedicated sound card beyond the SQ improvement in Stereo.

If you decide to go with a soundcard be sure to get one that as an amplified TRS output, so you benefit from a built-in amp circuit.

 

A dedicated amp might be better, might be not. One obvious advantage is the analog volume control (the volume knob i mean) versus the neccesity of controling the volume from the OS or program that you're running.

post #8 of 11

If you try the Beyerdynamic DT770 velour ear pads on the Q40's, you'll find that the bass is much more pronounced. I don't particularly like the sound with those pads very much because the bass is so intense, it's hard to hear the mids. It might be worth trying out though, they are much more comfy than the stock pads and you can get them for ~$30 on Beyerdynamic's website (if I remember correctly).

post #9 of 11
First, download and try Neutron instead of PowerAmp. Many people report it as having better SQ than PowerAmp.

Now by static do you mean hiss? Is this when it's turned up close to max?
post #10 of 11
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Naw. It's a static kinda distortion with more powerful bass "thumps" on higher volumes. Pretty sure the headset just needs a bit more power. Looking into an O2 amp
 

post #11 of 11
Yeah. If you are running the Nexus S near max volume AND boosting the bass with EQ, then mostly the headphone amp in the phone is running out of headroom. If you are boosting the bass, have you tried decreasing the preamp by the same amount? You'll get less overall volume that way. But if the bass sounds OK then when you turn it most of the way up, then definitely a good bet more power would help.

I love my O2. Great sound. While I haven't heard the Q40s, I think it's a safe bet you'll get better SQ with bass from the O2. However, know that while it is battery powered, it's not a very convenient portable device if that's what you need. Little too big to carry around in your pocket.
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