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Ear fatigue with BeyerDynamic DT990s

post #1 of 9
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Hey guys,

 

I recently bought a pair of DT990s (600ohm) and I've been noticing that they hurt my ears even after just a few minutes of listening. This isn't a comfort issue - rather, I think it's something to do with the headphone's infamous high end/treble spike.

 

I'm using a Asus Essence ST card to power the 600ohm version. I've messed with the EQ and it's better after lowering the higher ranges a bit, but I still get sudden onsets of serious aching during listening. I'm not even sure if it is the treble that is messing with me, or if there is some other issue going unheard here.

 

Which brings me to my question. Is it possible to overpower your headphones? This might sound dumb, but I think I may have gotten a 32 or 250 ohm version pair disguised in the box of a 600ohm box - maybe that could explain things? I have them set to be powered at 600ohms.

 

I've never had problems with headphones or my ears before. I'm 20 years old. I listen to music at moderate to low volumes. I remember going to see Pacific Rim at some theater with my family and experiencing serious pain in my ear because the theater's volume/treble was so high, but my family didn't seem to notice, nor did anyone else. Perhaps I just have really sensitive ears?

 

Anyway, I would appreciate some advice. Can't return them, but I might be able to RMA them somehow if all else fails.

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 9

unfortunately for you, that's just how the dt990 is. They're known for having a really v shaped sound signature, meaning boosted bass and treble. No amount of proper amping will reduce that treble.

 

If you ever decide to replace it make sure you do research/ask here first!


Edited by b0000 - 3/6/14 at 8:28pm
post #3 of 9
Maybe try a warm sounding amp or something, I don't know. I also find my dt990 (250 ohm) fatiguing, I think my friend's dared mp5 (tube amp) tamed it a bit. You may want to look into just getting a new headphone though.
post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 

Right. Thanks guys. So the overpowering theory is a total bust, then?

post #5 of 9
It's the headphones. I haven't heard the DT990s, but even the DT880s, which have that brighter Beyer treble signature (the DT990s are supposed to be brighter) was a little too much for me for extended listening.

It's weird, though. My Grados don't bother me, but the DT880s did. I think it's because of the different kind of treble emphasis. Who knows?

My suggestion would be to consider selling them on the trader forums here (you have to post a little more to head-fi before you can sell). Then look for headphones which are known for NOT having a brighter sound signature (e.g., I'd avoid the Q701s).
post #6 of 9
I suppose you could perform a foam mod and/or a filter mod to cut it down.

SuperLux threads have many mods along those lines.
post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

It's the headphones. I haven't heard the DT990s, but even the DT880s, which have that brighter Beyer treble signature (the DT990s are supposed to be brighter) was a little too much for me for extended listening.

It's weird, though. My Grados don't bother me, but the DT880s did. I think it's because of the different kind of treble emphasis. Who knows?

My suggestion would be to consider selling them on the trader forums here (you have to post a little more to head-fi before you can sell). Then look for headphones which are known for NOT having a brighter sound signature (e.g., I'd avoid the Q701s).

I agree. Maybe the reason the Beyers can be more bothersome is the Grado's spikes in the other parts of the treble range: it's not one conspicuous spike.

OP, if you sell / trade, look for models with rolled off treble such as HD6x0.
post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by Claritas View Post

OP, if you sell / trade, look for models with rolled off treble such as HD6x0.

Good advice. smily_headphones1.gif

Or perhaps the Philips Fidelio series? Aren't they known for a darker signature?
post #9 of 9
How about a mod of the fostex t50rp? I have been looking at those recently.
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