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Do I need an amp? What are these acronyms like DAC, DSP, or DSD? What even are all the components that make up an audio chain? Let’s take a beginner’s look at the core, essential building blocks of a digital audio chain, and lay it plain what each piece does. We can cover the major pieces separately, but I’ll still include a few tips to optimize playback here. Please hit the little bookmark button and feel free to check and share this guide whenever you need a reference!
For people who need a visual and audible explanation, or are worried it would take too long to get a working knowledge of the audio chain, here is my YouTube video on this subject that is just 7 minutes long! I like writing though, so let’s get started with an overview, then break it down into what each piece does and how an upgrade would benefit the final sound quality.
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I've had these for about a year now, and I've thought they were really great headphones. Punchy, dynamic, all the stuff everyone says basically. Then I tried adding some EQ and new pads, and now I'm fully in love. No reliability issues yet, and I'll be really bummed if that happens because I love these things.
I used Roon to add the Elex Harman AutoEQ convolution filter (seriously, check out the autoEq database. Amazing that it's free). Then just dropped the treble a bit at 5k (I think I'm sensitive to this a bit, and dropping it makes voices sound more like they're coming out of speakers to me) and then gave it just a bit of extra energy in the bass, and an extra "just a bit" in the sub-bass at 40hz. That and some Dekoni Hybrid pads make them lean a bit more "fun", but you still get the technical performance of these drivers with that fun sound. They've largely cured my upgraditis for some time (well, for headphones at least. I did upgrade my amp. I don't have a problem, stop looking at me like that.)
Anyway, spectacular headphones. They have great tone even without eq, and with EQ they just make me super happy. Nice one, Drop and Focal.