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Hi all, could use some help with this issue I'm having.  I was using CX300b earphones for years and recently upgraded to CX985.  They sound great and all, but it doesn't take too long in the day when they leave me with headaches.  So I tried lowering the volume, it helps a tad but still noticeable headache.  I tried buying different eartips, still headaches.  I tried not using them for a while and trying again, still headaches.

 

I thought initially I needed to get used to the extra fidelity, so I didn't return them.  But I've had them for months now and don't really notice an improvement.  I mean, they're not terrible headaches, it's bearable, but I just feel like something is wrong and my head doesn't like something about these earphones.  I enjoyed the CX300b for years and never had this problem, even at higher volume.  I just felt like it was time to move up.

 

Would appreciate any helpful feedback.  Thanks

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I have similar issue with many earphones/headphones and most of the time, I wouldn't purchase it regardless of the price/reviews. What aspects of the CX958 do you like? What kind of music do you generally listen to? In what quality? What are you using to play your music? Perhaps you can try improving your music quality and use equalizer to reduce Treble and see if it helps? If not, I think it's time to find another IEM in similar price range :( 

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Originally Posted by minhminh93 View Post
 

I have similar issue with many earphones/headphones and most of the time, I wouldn't purchase it regardless of the price/reviews. What aspects of the CX958 do you like? What kind of music do you generally listen to? In what quality? What are you using to play your music? Perhaps you can try improving your music quality and use equalizer to reduce Treble and see if it helps? If not, I think it's time to find another IEM in similar price range :( 

 

Thanks for the reply.  I mostly listen to Indie/Folk/Rock.  I use Google Music, so they say "up to 320kbps".  I bought a Fiio e07k a month ago, didn't see a change headache-wise using it.  I did try reducing the bass & treble, that seemed to help a little but not completely.

 

I really like CX985 soundstage, clarity, bass, and design.  Other than the v-shaped sound, it has all I pretty much want.  Just sad it's hard to use.  Contemplating selling them and trying something else, just wish I knew what was causing it so I avoid that type of earphone.  The only option I see is ordering a bunch of different earphones and returning them until I find one that works.  Do people do that?

post #4 of 5
Can you try reducing the treble and boost the bass to see if that helps? Can you identify which instrument is giving you the problem? In my case, most of the time the culprit will be cymbal, guitar can put some strain to my ears but cymbal sounds can really pierce through and give me terrible ear/headache. Try Dark Tranquility - Punish my Heaven and you will see what i mean tongue.gif

About ordering multiple IEM, I'm not too sure since I can demo alot of different IEMs in various stores here in Singapore.
Edited by minhminh93 - 4/14/14 at 8:14pm
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Originally Posted by minhminh93 View Post

Can you try reducing the treble and boost the bass to see if that helps? Can you identify which instrument is giving you the problem? In my case, most of the time the culprit will be cymbal, guitar can put some strain to my ears but cymbal sounds can really pierce through and give me terrible ear/headache. Try Dark Tranquility - Punish my Heaven and you will see what i mean tongue.gif

About ordering multiple IEM, I'm not too sure since I can demo alot of different IEMs in various stores here in Singapore.

 

Okay, I will try that.  Sometimes the highs as you've described are fatiguing.  However, I don't feel that they're the main reason for the prolonged headaches.

 

Wish I had a place I could demo several IEM's.  I'm in the Seattle area and haven't even seen a store with a wide selection of headphones in general :(

 

Appreciate your feedback!

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