This is my first post!
I am not an audiophile, I have only got a pair of Shure 535 IEM that I use everyday with my iPod Touch. I bought it after reading reviews from here and elsewhere on the net. I hated it at first but I am now used to its sound signature and learn to live with it. This makes me wary of other's review as they tend to differ from my preferences.
I am currently looking for an open full-size headphone for home use. I wanted a good soundstage and a good amount of bass, so I narrowed it down to Beyerdynamic DT 990 premium. Initially I was going to buy JVC FX700 which I think has the same sound signature but I decided to go for a full size can because a good soundstage means an open design which will not isolate well, so there's no point using it outdoor. The DT990 requires amp (from what I read), I decided on Fiio E12 which seems powerful enough and is portable.
I read A LOT of reviews here before deciding on this combo, my other choices are: Beyerdynamic DT880/DT1350/T90 and Sennheiser Momentum/600/650.
I don't want to make the same mistake as the Shure, I really hope I made the right decision! The posts here are sometimes conflicting, some people commented on a particular headphone being sibilant while another said the treble is muffled. I am suspecting the hearing range of reviewers when they are comparing the headphones. This leads to some questions I wanted to ask this forum:
1. I have a graphic background, when doing professional graphic work we use high grade monitor screen that covers 90+% Adobe RGB colour space. (No computer screen today can cover the entire colour gamut possible in the world.) The monitor is also calibrated for accuracy. I was wondering if there is similar thing in the audio world? The audio equipment is calibrated so the music plays as it was intended? I have heard people often commented on a specific headphone being neutral and accurate, but if it is really neutral, shouldn't the frequency chart show a complete straight line? If some headphones are described as neutral sounding, shouldn't they all sound alike since they are neutral? So obviously they are colored? I believe the only way to get an accurate audio reproduction from headphone is some kind of calibrating program to compensate the deficiencies of the headphone. That means the manufacturer will have to supply a sound profile of the headphone (just like a computer screen with color profile) for the playing device to do the calibration. Since most people use iPod/iphone/tablet to play their music I think it is a feasible idea.
2. My hearing range is 26hz - 16.3khz. You can easily use an audio program to generate tones and test your own range. (Fact: People over the age of 24 can't hear above 17khz) The reason I mention this is because I suspected that reviewers have very different hearing range and the conflicting reviews are sometimes not due to subjective taste but their hearing ability. Would it be a good idea for reviewers to state their hearing range when they write reviews so we can better understand and weight their opinion?
Thanks for reading my blabbing. Have a good day!
Edited by pianissimos - 9/1/13 at 4:44am