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post #1 of 7
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Hello,

 

I recently got a pair of ATH-50s, and I've noticed that on certain songs I can hear faint hissing or crackling sound at certain times. I don't use a pre-amp/AMP/DAC/etc, just straight from the back of my PC. I am thinking about getting the FiiO E17 as I see a lot of good press for it and I've never used a Amp/DAC before, but that's not overly relevant to my current issue at hand.

 

Per some suggestions on Head-Fi I had seen, I did run the JLAB Burn-In tracks http://www.jlabaudio.com/burn.php for about 12 hours total so far and listened to music for a few hours as well. I had the PC set to 50% volume and 30% on the actual burn in noise generator on the site. I'm wondering if perhaps I damaged the headset by using the burn-in tracks?

 

I've been listening/streaming from Spotify Premium for all the tracks I've been listening to, so I wasn't sure if it could be the track quality as well.

 

Some examples of where I hear it:

Around 0:07s into Killin' It by Krewella on the Get Wet album

Around 0:17s and 00:31s in Strangers by Seven Lions.

Around 0:05s into Imperial Attack on the Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). This whole track sounds like garbage really, but I wasn't sure if that was due to age/quality or what.

 

Other than this, they sound pretty amazing so far - just really hoping I didn't damage them! Please forgive me in advance for my noob-ness and if I've desecrated such an amazing pair of headphones...

 

Thanks!

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Originally Posted by PhaleProof View Post
 

Hello,

 

I recently got a pair of ATH-50s, and I've noticed that on certain songs I can hear faint hissing or crackling sound at certain times. I don't use a pre-amp/AMP/DAC/etc, just straight from the back of my PC. I am thinking about getting the FiiO E17 as I see a lot of good press for it and I've never used a Amp/DAC before, but that's not overly relevant to my current issue at hand.

 

Per some suggestions on Head-Fi I had seen, I did run the JLAB Burn-In tracks http://www.jlabaudio.com/burn.php for about 12 hours total so far and listened to music for a few hours as well. I had the PC set to 50% volume and 30% on the actual burn in noise generator on the site. I'm wondering if perhaps I damaged the headset by using the burn-in tracks?

 

I've been listening/streaming from Spotify Premium for all the tracks I've been listening to, so I wasn't sure if it could be the track quality as well.

 

Some examples of where I hear it:

Around 0:07s into Killin' It by Krewella on the Get Wet album

Around 0:17s and 00:31s in Strangers by Seven Lions.

Around 0:05s into Imperial Attack on the Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). This whole track sounds like garbage really, but I wasn't sure if that was due to age/quality or what.

 

Other than this, they sound pretty amazing so far - just really hoping I didn't damage them! Please forgive me in advance for my noob-ness and if I've desecrated such an amazing pair of headphones...

 

Thanks!


First of all, make sure your software volume is set to 100% or the audio signal will become audibly degraded.  Secondly, the sound chip in your motherboard is probably pretty terrible, but the E17 is overkill for the M50, which doesn't change much when amped.  I would buy the E07k and save some money.

post #3 of 7
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The Spotify volume is 100%, my computer's volume is 50% (I don't listen to super loud music, I would assume this is about medium/medium-high by most peoples standards?).

 

I'm thinking it might be worth trying to return these to amazon anyway just to make sure it's not the pair, but I would feel bad if it was damaged because of what I did or if it's simply the quality of the sound tracks and the "issue" persists with the new ones as well.

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The Spotify volume is 100%, my computer's volume is 50% (I don't listen to super loud music, I would assume this is about medium/medium-high by most peoples standards?).

 

I'm thinking it might be worth trying to return these to amazon anyway just to make sure it's not the pair, but I would feel bad if it was damaged because of what I did or if it's simply the quality of the sound tracks and the "issue" persists with the new ones as well.

The computer's volume should be set at 100%.  It can be further adjusted for listening pleasure through Spotify.  When the software volume is lowered, the effective bits of the signal are lowered and you will lose quality.

 

If the difference is only $10 then yeah get the E17.  There won't be much of a difference with the M50, but it may greatly benefit any headphone purchase you make in the future.

post #5 of 7
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I had no idea that's how it worked. Thanks for the info!

 

Sadly, it doesn't seemed to have had an effect. Not sure if I should try returning them now or wait to see if the amp/dac I ordered makes a difference at all with the issue.

post #6 of 7
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I ended up kicking off the return process with Amazon. I figured with how many thousands of dollars they rob from my wallet every year, even if I'm wrong and it ends up being the tracks or something I did they're still up significantly more than it cost them. :)

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I ended up kicking off the return process with Amazon. I figured with how many thousands of dollars they rob from my wallet every year, even if I'm wrong and it ends up being the tracks or something I did they're still up significantly more than it cost them. :)


Did you RMA them or return for a refund?  I much prefer the A900x to the ATH-M50, and they are in the same price range.

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