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JVC HA-MR55x Bass headphones, are the highs supposed to be so veiled?

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I bought them, debated even opening them, and did at the end.  Tried them, and the highs were extremely veiled, muffled, whatever you want to call it.  I am using them straight from my iPod classic, and was really underwhelmed with them.  My UE 6000's sound so much better.  I was hoping for a deep bass, good sealing, all around performer, but really, all I ended up with is a bass heavy, muffled mids and no highs kind of headphone.  Am I needing an amp to get any real performance out of these, or should I just try to return them?

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I would personally return them and save for a JVC SZ1000.

 

I haven't tried the 55X, but I had the same first impression with the 77X. To me it was unlistenable. As I said in my initial 77X review, "the HA-MR77X is UNLISTENABLE as is. Horrible, horrible sound, like listening to music coming from the drainage in a sink: It sounds like the gunk in there. I was so glad I got it so cheap." However, I tried testing how loud it could play bass without distortion, and it changed my world. I only recommend the 77X if you're sick of expensive headphones distorting bass at loud levels (110+ dB), so sick that you are willing to mess with EQ to correct the flaws of this rare basscannon. For starters, try a simple +5dB bump at 3KHz--for parametric EQ, try "Filter : ON  PEQ     Fc 3000 Hz   Gain 21.00 dB  BW Oct 4.000" and play with the gain (3KHz is sort of a magic peak frequency when you want "clarity" especially in vocals--what is referred to as the singer's formant frequency).

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Alright, thanks.  I'll try to return them tomorrow.  Problem here in Canada is, we have this stupid health regulation now, where you can't return headphones if they've been opened.  I'll try at the store, and hope for the best, but we'll see.

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