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I am considering buying a headphone this time and ditching those cheap earbuds. My budget is around 30$ but unfortunately the place I live in, doesn't provide a large variety of headphones, only the expensive ones are available (AKG, Bose, Marshal etc). The one i'm looking at is RHA SA-500 and another one but that's not of a famous brand. I haven't tried on the RHA ones but the other one sounds great, at least better than the earbuds for the same price.

 

I mainly use my android phone for music (Samsung I9300) and I was thinking, to what extent can i tweak the higher frequencies using equalizers because in many reviews I found out that the RHA one doesn't have good highs. The only reason I'm considering the RHA is because of the deep bass that has been reported. I mainly listen to house/club mixes and hip hop.

My main question is that is it possible for headphones to produce good highs, using equalizers, different from stock sound?

 

EDIT: my bad, the model is RHA SA-500


Edited by shad0wboss - 4/13/14 at 5:20am
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If you would consider an IEM, also look into reviews of the Velodyne Vpulse. I just got the Donscorpio Bass Colours from Penonaudio in Hong Kong for $35, and they seem to be an OEM version of the Vpulse. The Vpulse did extremely well in the multi IEM reviews at the $90 price point. Hard to beat for $35.
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Well the thing is, I'm not from states and I doubt that any of those headphones would be available here in Switzerland (Geneva).

 

My main question is that is it possible for headphones to produce good highs, using equalizers, different from stock sound?

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Well the thing is, I'm not from states and I doubt that any of those headphones would be available here in Switzerland (Geneva).

The Bass Colours are not available here in the US, either. They ship from Hong Kong.
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My main question is that is it possible for headphones to produce good highs, using equalizers, different from stock sound?

 

What the EQ does is increase the quantity of certain frequencies, not their quality.

If the highs are recessed and poor quality all you'll get is the same poor quality treble, only louder.

If they're good to begin with, then an EQ can help.


Edited by Bobby S - 4/13/14 at 4:22pm
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My main question is that is it possible for headphones to produce good highs, using equalizers, different from stock sound?

 

What the EQ does is increase the quantity of certain frequencies, not their quality.

If the highs are recessed and poor quality all you'll get is the same poor quality treble, only louder.

If they're good to begin with, then an EQ can help.

This is only half true, and half wrong.

Equalizers also DECREASE the quantity of frequencies.

Also positively EQ'ing (increasing volume) can create slight clipping or distortion as it amplifies the line signal.

 

It's much better practice to EQ negatively.

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