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What to expect coming from stock ipod ear buds to beyerdynamic Dt990 pro's

post #1 of 15
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I just bought beyerdynamic Dt990 pros and I am wondering what to expect coming from stock ipod earbuds(the old kind). I also bought a fiio portable DAC and Amp. I plan on buying a tube amp later.
post #2 of 15

Thats like going from an AM radio station to a full blown cinema experience.

post #3 of 15
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So I will be able to tell a difference. All of my music is 320 kids, is that good for these headphones
post #4 of 15

It's like watching an old tube TV then suddenly someone replaces that tube TV with a 4k TV. You will definitely "see" the difference.

post #5 of 15

That's a major upgrade. You'll have much greater volume, much more detail (from top to bottom), more dynamics, you'll feel the music more, and the Beyers will be MUCH more comfortable than the "buds". Sounds to me like you'll be very happy with your purchase.

 

Once you hear your setup, you'll probably have created an addiction to music that you've never had before.

 

Enjoy! :)

post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by Plantain990 View Post

So I will be able to tell a difference. All of my music is 320 kids, is that good for these headphones

 

That will probably be fine, but if your DAC supports 24-bit / 96khz-192khz, then you may want to check out some FLAC or ALAC files. They are generally 4x higher resolution (or more) than your standard 320k MP3.

 

But, only your ears will make that determination. Some 320k files still sound very good and I sometimes even fail the blind MP3/FLAC test on my FiiO X3/E12 combo.


Edited by Skolar311 - 6/30/14 at 12:41pm
post #7 of 15

Humans can't hear all those hertz, but generally it's best to use FLAC anyway.

 

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That will probably be fine, but if your DAC supports 24-bit / 96khz-192khz, then you may want to check out some FLAC or ALAC files. They are generally 4x higher resolution (or more) than your standard 320k MP3.

 

But, only your ears will make that determination. Some 320k files still sound very good and I sometimes even fail the blind MP3/FLAC test on my FiiO X3/E12 combo.

post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 
That's good I have been looking for a hobby/addiction to get into. Are beyerdynamic Dt990 a good choice for my first pair.
post #9 of 15

I'd say yes. I wen't and started with an M50 myself, but from there I moved on up to a DT880, DT770, HD598, AKG Q701, HD650, Denon D2000 and LCD XC (and quite a few cans in between that I left out). I hope for your wallets sake that you don't get hit by the disease upgrade-itis that a lot of head-fiers, myself included, have had to endure. Lol

post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by Plantain990 View Post

That's good I have been looking for a hobby/addiction to get into. Are beyerdynamic Dt990 a good choice for my first pair.

 

I'd say, for your first headphone, that's a very fine choice. Much better than most options you can pick up in the store locally.

post #11 of 15
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Humans can't hear all those hertz, but generally it's best to use FLAC anyway.

 

Hear all those hertz?

 

It's not the audible range that is advertised on a DAC with 24/96 or 24/192, that's the sample rate that the DAC controls the audio stream. The more samples, the more data being processed = more music to be heard.

 

There is a night and day difference between my 16bit/44.1k HiFiMAN EF2A and my 24bit/96k Schiit Magni/Modi when comparing the same FLAC files.


Edited by Skolar311 - 6/30/14 at 1:26pm
post #12 of 15

Samples = hertz = frequency. It's all expressed in sine waves at the end... not stairsteps.

 

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Originally Posted by Skolar311 View Post
 

 

Hear all those hertz?

 

It's not the audible range that is advertised on a DAC with 24/96 or 24/192, that's the sample rate that the DAC controls the audio stream. The more samples, the more data being processed = more music to be heard.

 

There is a night and day difference between my 16bit/44.1k HiFiMAN EF2A and my 24bit/96k Schiit Magni/Modi when comparing the same FLAC files.

post #13 of 15
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Samples = hertz = frequency. It's all expressed in sine waves at the end... not stairsteps.

 

But is there not a difference between sample frequency and signal frequency?

 

I always thought that 96/192kHz audio refers to the sampling frequency, or how many times per second you are plotting a digital point to approximate the analog wave. Telling me this has nothing to do with the range of human hearing.

post #14 of 15

Take it from the psychoacoustics analysts on the Xiph team. They can write a lot better than I can about this subject:

 

http://people.xiph.org/~xiphmont/demo/neil-young.html

 

 

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Originally Posted by Skolar311 View Post
 

 

But is there not a difference between sample frequency and signal frequency?

 

I always thought that 96/192kHz audio refers to the sampling frequency, or how many times per second you are plotting a digital point to approximate the analog wave. Telling me this has nothing to do with the range of human hearing.

post #15 of 15
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+1

That article Is a very good read, read it about 6 months ago and cleared up a lot of things for me.

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