Dear Head-Fi community
In the last couple of weeks, I've spent a rather unhealthy amount of time reading posts in the head-fi forums to decide what pair of headphones to get. I got and sold both an ATH m50x and a Sennheiser HD 598, the latter of which was a disappointment (I mainly listen to electronica and the laid-back, smooth sound-signature of the HD 598 wasn't my cup of tea). After testing a few more models, I ended up with a Beyerdynamic DT1350 that I use both at home and on the road. I absolutely love the clean and controlled sound of those cans.
A few days after I got the DT1350 I decided to purchase a Fiio e10k to further improve my listening experience. Yet when I listened to my music through my new DAC/amp, I wasn't sure what to think. Here's what I noticed:
+ significantly improved bass extension
+ improved soundstage
+ overall better sound quality (everything sounded more natural, less artificial)
- bass too dominant, bloated
- mids somewhat recessed
Now the two negatives on this list are currently troubling me. I've been trying to determine the cause of this sub-optimal listening experience. The fact that my "listening experience" is highly subjective complicates matters further. Since the e10k isn't supposed to affect the soundsignature, this is what I concluded:
- The bass isn't actually too dominant or bloated, it merely extends further and i'm not used to that
- motherboard of my PC might have emphasized the mids and the e10k puts them in their proper place
What do you guys think? Did I miss something?
Any help is greatly appreciated! :-)