- Aug 29, 2009
- Reaction score
- Halifax, NS
Although I do have a Schiit Loki, I tend to avoid EQ with my headphones. I bought the Loki for my 2 channel system in a challenging room (hardwood floor, not much on the walls, no plants, limited window coverings) where EQ helps re-introduce some bass and moderate the amount of treble. Just modest adjustments until I hear a more satisfying sound in my living room. I have experimented EQ'ing my headphones and there can be some good results provided that the EQ isn't overdone. Generally I prefer to listen to them as is.
Modding headphones in my eyes is bastardizing the headphone entirely. I have 2 pairs of the HD58X so I decided to give the popular "remove back foam and cover the magnet with a specific felt" mod to hear how it sounds. Although there was an increase in clarity in the treble, the headphone sounded a bit off kilter and unnatural. The mod also reduced the bass which was disappointing because I think the HD58X bass is totally satisfying just the way it is. Comparing the 2 HD58X's made it very clear to me that I preferred the non-modded pair. I kept telling myself that "if it ain't broke don't to fix it". The experiment was interesting however I defer to the expertise of the Sennheiser engineers to design and tune their headphones. If I'm not mistaken they were trying to tune the HD58X to resemble the sound of the original HD580 but with a bit more bass. I never heard the original HD580 but I think the HD58X is a pretty darn good sounding headphone, especially for the price.
But hey, that's me and my perspective on the subject. I understand that there is a huge MOD SQUAD out there and if that makes them happy then go for it. Ultimately whatever makes your ears and mind happy, that's all that matters.
I also do not believe in modding. If you don't like the sound, sell them and get another set. That is why I have been hopping from amp to amp and headphone to headphone looking for that magic sound. Provided that the amp or 'phone is close to what I like, the Loki can take it the extra way to a win. I have always found that EQing made a mess of things. Too many options combined with me not knowing what I am doing always ended badly.
After four years in the hobby and a few thousand dollars spent on products that I don't like, I am finally starting to get a feel for what I do like. I think now was the perfect time for me to discover the Loki. Now I will just spend the next several months fine tuning. I have been on a huge buying bender for the last 9 months: 5 amps, 1 DAC, lots of cables, opamps, tubes and 4 sets of headphones. All of this while unemployed. Yikes!! Time to just calm down and enjoy the music. And get rid of some stuff.