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Headphone I bought sounds different to I store model.

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
This is a weird post.
I read posts online here and elsewhere and wanted to give Philips headphones a try. We'll I really enjoyed the Philips l1 after trying them out at the store. Like the bass and overall balance of the sound.
So I bought one. Quite fast, normally I m real slow about it.

Love the look and feel of the headphone. But what disappointed me is the sound. Not at all like the one in the store. Sounds weird. Lacks fullness and bass. Bit unbalance.

And to make sure I went to the store and listened again and the sound was so different. Use my own gear of course.Quite shocking.

Why the difference? Is cable or something not right with my own.

Can't return the headphone, could I ask for replacement or something? Any idea what to do?

Seems I have a Monday morning headphone. The iPhone cable was not working too.

Anyway never had this before.lol.
post #2 of 21
You may need to burn them in 50 to 200 hours maybe needed before they sound the best they will. If after 50 hrs they don't sound better there maybe a problem.
post #3 of 21
Thread Starter 

Bought open box model so thought it was already used.

Will do my normal burn in. pink noise time ;) Hope it gets better

post #4 of 21
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Originally Posted by tan1415 View Post

This is a weird post.
I read posts online here and elsewhere and wanted to give Philips headphones a try. We'll I really enjoyed the Philips l1 after trying them out at the store. Like the bass and overall balance of the sound.
So I bought one. Quite fast, normally I m real slow about it.
Love the look and feel of the headphone. But what disappointed me is the sound. Not at all like the one in the store. Sounds weird. Lacks fullness and bass. Bit unbalance.
And to make sure I went to the store and listened again and the sound was so different. Use my own gear of course.Quite shocking.
Why the difference? Is cable or something not right with my own.
Can't return the headphone, could I ask for replacement or something? Any idea what to do?
Seems I have a Monday morning headphone. The iPhone cable was not working too.
Anyway never had this before.lol.

Could be whatever the store was using (DAC/amp) is better then whatever you use to for the Philips.

post #5 of 21
Thread Starter 

I considered that...thats why i used my own.

 

Result is the same.


Edited by tan1415 - 12/20/13 at 1:32pm
post #6 of 21
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Originally Posted by tan1415 View Post
 

I considered that...thats why i used my own.

 

Result is the same.

So try leaving the Philips plugged in over night (or two).

For burn in, I like to use Metal music, with the volume a little higher then normal.

post #7 of 21
Thread Starter 

Don;t have metal music. Will use pinknoise.

Read on headfi that pinknoise is best for burn in.

post #8 of 21

I like to alternate pink noise (http://simplynoise.com) with some bass heavy music of whatever genre. Try some brass instruments too. Mahler's 5th is a good choice. Be patient and give it 70-100 hours.

post #9 of 21

The headphones should be good right out of the box. Having the same model and no imperfections at all. You should return it asap.

post #10 of 21

I also vote return ASAP. If there is that big of a noticeable difference between an on-display model vs your model, I would be worried. No amount of burn-in will fix a defective driver.

post #11 of 21

I believe you are living in Holland too maybe even nearby, ZIP code 7943SK. If you like you can audit my set and determine whether or not you wish to keep hold on your set.  

post #12 of 21
Thread Starter 

Thanks. Will consider that. Will burnin this weekend. And if sill crap will return.

post #13 of 21

You could even consider returning your set and have your money back in order to purchase mine. They were on eBay last week for EUR 110 reserve (boxed, excellent condition) and I was planning on listing them again tomorrow but frankly I'd rather sell them to you knowing you have problems with yours.

post #14 of 21
Thread Starter 

It's an open box. They won't accept refund, but can repair or get new headphone.

post #15 of 21
Thread Starter 

Bad luck jobbing, i looked on MP and here. Didnt see your ad on ebay. To bad.

So couldnt resist and bought it....hate impulse buy.

Never again...till the next time.

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