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Equalizer screw up headphones?

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I just got my Audio Technica ath m50s and I'm treating them like they're my baby. I bought it with a bundle that came with a fiio e6 portable amp and I use the amp on the bass equalizer setting. After just using the headphones without the amp, I can hear a bit of static on some parts of music? Did I just ruin the cans with the bass equalizer?

post #2 of 6

No, I'm sure you didn't physically damage the drivers with the E6.  are you sure it's not the recording or your source?  Is it still their with the amp?

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
I'm pretty sure the file is fine. I stopped using the amp
post #4 of 6
isn't it just that you're noticing how bad your source actually is without amp?
how is it if you put the amp back in the loop?

else :
-make sure you find some clean sound to test and e sure it's not on the track
-kidnap a friend of a neighboor and try it on his dap phone computer... whatever
-sometimes little noises can simply come from a hair stuck on the surface of the driver.



I highly doubt that a portable amp would have any noise or power surge when turned on/off that would be enough to damage a phone. unless you've pushed your phone to very unreasonable volume levels(and if so you have damaged your ears too) I don't think the amp has anything to do with your problem.
post #5 of 6

Five bucks says the bass bump was pushing a hot mastered track up over the line into clipping. If you EQ subtractively by lowering everything except the bass, you won't get clipping.

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Originally Posted by bigshot View Post
 

Five bucks says the bass bump was pushing a hot mastered track up over the line into clipping. If you EQ subtractively by lowering everything except the bass, you won't get clipping.

 

This requires a semi decently implemented EQ. Sometimes in software eq's, lowering/raising all of the bands by equal amounts doesn't necessarily result in flat level reduction/gain. Ideally, you have a preamp setting that let's you cut the line in by 6--12 dB so you can go apeschiit boosting the lows.

 

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