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I "burned in" my new headphones, now they sound distorted

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

I left my Shure 940s on, driven by music from my MP3 player at 80% of volume all night (I normally listen at 25%). In the morning I went to see how they sounded, and some sounds seem to come out distorted (to describe it, it would be something between an insect's wings fluttering and fingernails on a chalkboard) sounds on some high mid or low treble sounds.


Edited by ag8908 - 2/12/14 at 3:32pm
post #2 of 10
By your description, it sounds like the tiny amp in your MP3 player was clipping over an extended period, and it damaged the drivers.
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 

I think so. It doesn't sound distorted for all sounds, but on some sounds I hear what I can only describe as insect wings fluttering or a scratchy sound. Before the sounds were always very smooth.

 

What's clipping by the way?

post #4 of 10
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What's clipping by the way?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clipping_(audio)
post #5 of 10

I highly doubt the mp3 player damaged your drivers.  I'm calling placebo.  If your drivers were damaged, you would REALLY know.

post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 

I hope so. It was a galaxy phone by samsung.

post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 

So I noted three songs which I thought sound distorted at certain spots, listened to them carefully using the old SRH940s and then relistened to them with the new SRH940s I just got in exchange at the retailer. They sounded exactly the same and it was just my imagination.

post #8 of 10
I think a lot of times, the detail that can be brought out with these higher end headphones and earphones can really show how bad a recording is. The terrible things we can sometimes hear in songs we know well, were always there... We just didn't hear them through lesser headphones.
post #9 of 10

make sure your mp3's are 192 kbps minimum, preferably 256 and above.

post #10 of 10

Yep. If you don't have reason to directly assume a problem with the equipment, generally look at the source. Good recordings work wonders.

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