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Hi everyone!

 

I am a University student in the UK, I can't describe myself as an audio-enthusiast but I am certainly interested in great sounding headphones, speakers etc. 

I have just saved up my money and bought a pair of Bowers and Wilkins P7, which I am so far very happy with (had them less than a week). They are a definite step up from my Sony Xb500's which I still enjoy listening to but felt it was time to get a headphone where I could listen to more of the music rather than the constant heavy bass. 

 

I have a question however, and it is with the P7's. I am listening to music only from YouTube (or other internet streaming) from an ultrabook and it seems that the sound is very flat and I can't really hear much detail from the bass end. It doesn't happen for all youtube music videos, as some songs sound very nice through these headphones, so maybe its the quality of the sound and video but on some it doesnt change even if I set it to 1080p or 720. I also have noticed when comparing them to my XB500's is that I have to turn up the volume a lot higher. With the Sony's, a volume level of 20 was plenty enough, but with the P7's I am putting the computer volume up to 50 and it still doesn't sound as loud as the Sony's...I don't know if I am still too used to the Sony's but it sounds like they are more "in your face sounding", but do you guys think an amp of some kind is needed (hope not as that means more money spending!). 

 

I'm sure listening to YouTube videos from a laptop is far from the best source for getting the best out of these headphones but I'd be interested in hearing your suggestions!

 

Thanks :beerchug: 


Edited by AM4N18 - 1/13/14 at 5:36pm
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Well, welcome to head-fi and sorry about your wallet!

The lack of loudness from your p7s is the result of ear reattenuation from the distortion from the xb500s. The xb500s are good cans, but from what I remember from the xb700s, the bass bled into everything, leaving frequency overlaps. Your ears are obviously still attuned to the xb500, so listen to songs you know better with the p7s and your ears will really open up to newer music as time is right. You know your ears are getting used to the p7s when you are decreasing the volume.

Don't worry about amps right now, it will come in its own need later. smily_headphones1.gif
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