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Paper behind headphone driver effects on sound
Do you mean directly on the back of the drivers, or behind the drivers, or in the back of the cup? It's a lot easier if you have pictures.
I guess you mean directly on the back of the drivers. That's there to tune the frequency response and maybe even to reduce distortion.
Don't the XB700 already have pretty strong/boosted bass?
Edited by xnor - 11/17/13 at 6:42pm
You probably listened to too much bass at too high level for a too long time.
But yeah the XB700 does seem to have quite some energy in the treble and sucked out mids. Would be interesting to measure what changing the paper does exactly.
What is weird is that I removed the paper behind the drivers on some cheap $20 headphones, but there was no change in sound.
Cheap headphones often (not always!) come with crap drivers that have a high resonance frequency, low excursion limit ... and are bad at reproducing bass. If the driver is bad at reproducing bass to begin with then tuning with paper or the cup construction will only have very limited effects.