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I currently have a pair of Sennheiser 380 Pros and I like them, but they can be a bit flat at times and lose a lot of... Oomph?.. When powered by my phone so I was wondering if the IE80s are more up my alley, I listen mostly to bass heavy music and like it loud. 

 

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My desktop speakers are Corsair SP2500s and I love the kick of the sub but due to power issues of my Asus Xonar DGX I do get A LOT of distortion on everything else during bassy sounds.

 

Does anyone have any advice on whether I should sit happy with my 380 Pros and compliment my speakers with a Xonar Essence STX or Get the IE80s and have a decent sound everywhere?

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Originally Posted by Joeysaur View Post

My desktop speakers are Corsair SP2500s and I love the kick of the sub but due to power issues of my Asus Xonar DGX I do get A LOT of distortion on everything else during bassy sounds.

Can you describe more what you mean here? I don't get how the soundcard could add distortion when there's lots of bass. To me, that sounds more like the amp in the SP2500 might be being clipped by the heavy bass, and the distortion is just more apparent in the speakers. But that is just a guess.
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I think clipping was the word I was looking for. When the music veers towards bass the satellites seem quieter and less clear. I read that this clipping is down to my sound card having an output of +4db when the speakers prefer -10db. I'm not very well educated in audio so feel free to tell me if that doesn't make sense.
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I don' know what the +4db vs -10db is that you are describing. DB is a measure of volume output. Audio signal is not usually described that way. I'd take that with a grain of salt. Now it could be that the DG doesn't provide the best voltage or the right impedance, but that's something different.

And then that amp is in the sub, right? The specs say it has six class-D amplifiers. So (a) could be when you are driving the subwoofer hard with heavy bass, that it is starving the power supply of the amp for the speakers (just a guess). Or (b), and this is common, people are often less sensitive to distortion in low frequencies. So you might be getting more distortion with the sub but just not realizing it. Or some combination of (a) and (b).

The other route is to sell the Corsair SP2500s. Buy this receiver, try to catch these speakers on sale for ~$100, and then this sub, and be prepared to get better and more dynamic sound biggrin.gif
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