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Discover how much better your music can sound when you have the right gear for the job. This is the place for music lovers, musicians, sound engineers, and more.
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dekoni
476
Aug 10, 2021
Introducing Dekoni University
Dekoni Audio is excited to introduce our new Dekoni University video education series. Check back frequently to see our latest videos.
orchardaudio
96
Jan 31, 2020
How Much Amplifier Power Do I Need?
I cannot tell you the number of times I have heard a conversation about amplifier power go like this: “I hear that B&W speakers need at least 400W,” or, “I heard that Paradigm speakers are very power-hungry.” The fact is, there IS a way to figure out how much power your speakers will need and how to pair an amplifier with the speakers you already own or are looking to purchase. To determine the amplifier power, you will need the following items: Speaker sensitivity specification (typically dB SPL /1W /1m) Number of speakers you are using Distance from speaker(s) How loud do you want your music to sound, for general reference 70-80dB for speech only 80-95dB for light music 95-110dB for heavy music Rules to Remember Every time you double power or double the number of speakers, you increase the sound pressure level (SPL) by 3dB. Every time you double the distance from the speaker, you decrease SPL by 6dB. A speaker specification of 95 dB SPL/1W/1m means that at 1W of power, the...
alvarg
233
Jul 29, 2021
I agree with everything except the "95-110dB for heavy music" Or the 80-95 for "light music" I recommend everyone go out and buy a SPL meter (sound pressure level) and never go above 85db for at home listening. 85db for prolonged use is already enough to cause hearing damage
Brand Spotlight: Massdrop x Sennheiser
We at Massdrop have a special relationship with Sennheiser. They’re a company who believes in delivering the highest quality products to the Audiophile Community, and we’re always listening to the needs and ideas of our members so in this it's a perfect match. Since our first collaboration with Axel Grell and the Sennheiser team, we’ve been able to come up with more ways to bring more products to the community. Starting with the HD 6XX, a Massdrop Made take on the company’s flagship headphones. The PC37X, a headset produced for competitive gaming. And now, the 58X Jubilee. Headphones tuned by Axel, and designed with feedback from the community. Currently, Sennheiser has a team specifically dedicated to our collaborations, and this proves their commitment to always listening and to continue bringing the very best of what they can do to those who are most passionate about it. Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee Headphones SEE DROP: www...
detango
6
Feb 16, 2021
How about a Drop PX100 reboot? Sometimes you just want comfy light headphones with "good enough" sound. For all day listening from a LG phone with a proper DAC or a Sony player or whatever... That's a niche market that is aching for someone to fill.
krist0f
2
Jan 5, 2021
DAC/AMP choice - please help
OK... I am going thru forums, reading and watching reviews for DAC/AMP combo for my pc and... seriously i do not know which one to choose. Here is my 'wish list'... maybe you can help... Main goal is to... like everybody i guess: listen to music / watch movies / gaming. Gaming is priority. I am not audiophile (sorry). But I do appreciate good sound quality. Wish List: will not 'break the bank' - preferable under $200... I would prefer it to have mic input but it is not a 'must' requirement. I would prefer it to be 'external' device. Not a must though. Need controls on the desk though. I would prefer it to work 'driverless'. So... hardware-based. I would like it to have some kind of hardware equalizer. I would like to be able to connect (computer) speakers and headphones the same time it does not need to be 5.1/7.1 etc. I prefer good stereo over these systems. Does anything like this exist? Closest to all checkmarks is Sennheiser GSX1000... i guess... not the newest technology...
Bill-P
111
May 13, 2016
Headphone Modding
Hi Everybody. I’m Bill-P. You may know me from Head-Fi or SuperBestAudioFriends (formerly Changstar). I have done a lot of headphone modding in the community and have recently been doing some headphone modding for Massdrop. This led to some questions from Massdrop employees about headphone modding and why I do it. They thought you might like to know how I got into modding headphones and some of my ideas on how to mod. At the end, I’ll also share what I was able to do with the new HiFiMAN HE-350 in making them sound the way that I want them to. Why do I modify headphones? Basically, I really want to make headphones sound better for everyone and I think that manufacturers should hear how good their headphones can sound if they take more time to tune them. When you buy a high-end model, you expect that the manufacturer has already done all of the engineering for you- from tonality to frequency response to resolution. You assume you’re going to get great design and...
With so many headphones available i don't see the point in modding. Just buy one with a sound signature you like, pretty simple.
Evshrug
2461
Sep 29, 2020
Thoughts: The BEST Gaming Headphone for All Time?
Pairing up a gamer with the right headphone is a bit like playing matchmaker! In this video, linked at the end, I boil down over 10 years of community advice into 3 Personality types: • Competitive • Entertainment • Immersion I share a few keywords to look for, as well as some software and settings suggestions. I think everyone has a little bit of each type in them, but which type is dominant for you? Thanks to the sponsor of this video: DekoniAudio.com Dekoni is a headphone accessories company, unique for providing frequency response graphs on their website so you know what effect their various pad options will have. Thanks also to Drop for giving me permission to share here. I hope it helps everyone! The video: https://youtu.be/42SRsSlIj-c
SpeleoFool
634
Oct 7, 2020
I much prefer combining dedicated headphones with a separate mic over integrated headsets. Mostly it seems that headsets compromise one or both halves of the audio equation. I'll have to watch your video to see the distinction you make between "immersion" and "entertainment" headsets; I tend to lump those ideas into the same category. But I do agree that competitive gaming has distinct needs that often calls for distinct hardware. As a general rule, I've found that neutrally-tuned professional / studio headphones tend to work best for competitive play. Those tend to support precise imaging and good separation of sound elements that leave the soundscape uncluttered while providing the necessary audio cues to hear what is happening and where. Larger soundstage can assist with discerning distance. Meanwhile, for immersion it's better to have a cohesive, cinematic, exciting sound. You want plenty of bass, punchy explosions, engaging score, forward dialogue, etc. Cost-no-object, the Sennheiser HD800S is my favorite headphone for gaming, period, because it manages to excel at both competitive and immersive needs. The large stage does a good job of feeding separation, imaging and conveying a sense of direction and distance, while close action is still exciting and immersive without overwhelming distant sounds. It's a picky headphone for music, but it checks every box for gaming. Further down the scale, I love the Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro for competitive play, for reasons described above, and I converted a Focal Elegia into a gaming headset with a modmic. I use my Elegia for everyday immersive gaming--or at least I did until my wife stole it for Assassin's Creed, lol. I am currently using an LCD-GX, which sounds great out of an XBox controller. I'd still grab the 1990 for hardcore competitive play, but both the Focal and Audeze cans do a fine job for everyday play. Personal background: I play a huge number and variety of games on XBox and PC, spanning all genre types. I am currently closing in on 1000 games with 100% of achievements unlocked. PVP is not my favorite, though I have done it (e.g., Titanfall, Destiny, etc.). My favorite games tend to be 3D, open world adventure games where good 3D sound is important, but absolute precision and timing needs are less severe than in competitive gaming.
Evshrug
2461
Sep 29, 2020
Thoughts: The BEST Gaming Headphone for All Time?
Pairing up a gamer with the right headphone is a bit like playing matchmaker! In this video, linked at the end, I boil down over 10 years of community advice into 3 Personality types: • Competitive • Entertainment • Immersion I share a few keywords to look for, as well as some software and settings suggestions. I think everyone has a little bit of each type in them, but which type is dominant for you? Thanks to the sponsor of this video: DekoniAudio.com Dekoni is a headphone accessories company, unique for providing frequency response graphs on their website so you know what effect their various pad options will have. Thanks also to Drop for giving me permission to share here. I hope it helps everyone! The video: https://youtu.be/42SRsSlIj-c
Brand Spotlight: Massdrop x Sennheiser
We at Massdrop have a special relationship with Sennheiser. They’re a company who believes in delivering the highest quality products to the Audiophile Community, and we’re always listening to the needs and ideas of our members so in this it's a perfect match. Since our first collaboration with Axel Grell and the Sennheiser team, we’ve been able to come up with more ways to bring more products to the community. Starting with the HD 6XX, a Massdrop Made take on the company’s flagship headphones. The PC37X, a headset produced for competitive gaming. And now, the 58X Jubilee. Headphones tuned by Axel, and designed with feedback from the community. Currently, Sennheiser has a team specifically dedicated to our collaborations, and this proves their commitment to always listening and to continue bringing the very best of what they can do to those who are most passionate about it. Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee Headphones SEE DROP: www...
Alako
36
Sep 14, 2020
I will probably and eventually buy (read it as hoard) anything that has "Drop x Sennheiser" in its product name. If I have to choose one for the future release, however, it would be Drop x Sennheiser HD 8XX. One of my dream headphones' HD 800, so I would love to see it revamped into HD 8XX with a bit more style for a bit less teardrops on my bank statement.
Evshrug
2461
Sep 12, 2020
Launch of the EvShrug Audio Guides!
Hello everyone! I’ve been here in Drop/Massdrop for a few years, also on Head-Fi since 2008, and I’ve seen a few common questions and gaps in knowledge over the years. So, to try answering them so that I (or you) can simply link a video when a common question comes up, I “rebooted” my YouTube channel with new videos to serve as a guide for new and intermediate personal audio enthusiasts! Thanks for accepting my amateur production with a “shrug” and a subscribe, I’ll try to upload 1-2 videos a week and add them here as well. Go ahead and leave audio questions you think others would also want answered! YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4bc2SQk0h2TrE0K07t2WI5by66ArtDAb
Evshrug
2461
Sep 12, 2020
Launch of the EvShrug Audio Guides!
Hello everyone! I’ve been here in Drop/Massdrop for a few years, also on Head-Fi since 2008, and I’ve seen a few common questions and gaps in knowledge over the years. So, to try answering them so that I (or you) can simply link a video when a common question comes up, I “rebooted” my YouTube channel with new videos to serve as a guide for new and intermediate personal audio enthusiasts! Thanks for accepting my amateur production with a “shrug” and a subscribe, I’ll try to upload 1-2 videos a week and add them here as well. Go ahead and leave audio questions you think others would also want answered! YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4bc2SQk0h2TrE0K07t2WI5by66ArtDAb
Evshrug
2461
Sep 12, 2020
Ok... I kind of wanted to see “how” this would look on Drop. I had hoped I could create threads... I guess in the future I’ll just create a guide introducing each video and why I thought it would be helpful. For example, many people just haven’t had the chance to TRY all these kinds of headphones, and want to know what each kind is best at, or maybe there’s some vocabulary like Supra aural or Canalphone that they’d like to know the meaning of.
Brand Spotlight: Massdrop x Sennheiser
We at Massdrop have a special relationship with Sennheiser. They’re a company who believes in delivering the highest quality products to the Audiophile Community, and we’re always listening to the needs and ideas of our members so in this it's a perfect match. Since our first collaboration with Axel Grell and the Sennheiser team, we’ve been able to come up with more ways to bring more products to the community. Starting with the HD 6XX, a Massdrop Made take on the company’s flagship headphones. The PC37X, a headset produced for competitive gaming. And now, the 58X Jubilee. Headphones tuned by Axel, and designed with feedback from the community. Currently, Sennheiser has a team specifically dedicated to our collaborations, and this proves their commitment to always listening and to continue bringing the very best of what they can do to those who are most passionate about it. Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee Headphones SEE DROP: www...
jlolo
17
Jul 29, 2020
All I know is that Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 6XX Headphones changed my life... I'm down for the cause.
Bill-P
111
May 13, 2016
Headphone Modding
Hi Everybody. I’m Bill-P. You may know me from Head-Fi or SuperBestAudioFriends (formerly Changstar). I have done a lot of headphone modding in the community and have recently been doing some headphone modding for Massdrop. This led to some questions from Massdrop employees about headphone modding and why I do it. They thought you might like to know how I got into modding headphones and some of my ideas on how to mod. At the end, I’ll also share what I was able to do with the new HiFiMAN HE-350 in making them sound the way that I want them to. Why do I modify headphones? Basically, I really want to make headphones sound better for everyone and I think that manufacturers should hear how good their headphones can sound if they take more time to tune them. When you buy a high-end model, you expect that the manufacturer has already done all of the engineering for you- from tonality to frequency response to resolution. You assume you’re going to get great design and...
Monkdoctor
19
Jun 12, 2020
I gave the stock drivers and ear pad to my 15 year old. This is what he came up with.
Bill-P
111
May 13, 2016
Headphone Modding
Hi Everybody. I’m Bill-P. You may know me from Head-Fi or SuperBestAudioFriends (formerly Changstar). I have done a lot of headphone modding in the community and have recently been doing some headphone modding for Massdrop. This led to some questions from Massdrop employees about headphone modding and why I do it. They thought you might like to know how I got into modding headphones and some of my ideas on how to mod. At the end, I’ll also share what I was able to do with the new HiFiMAN HE-350 in making them sound the way that I want them to. Why do I modify headphones? Basically, I really want to make headphones sound better for everyone and I think that manufacturers should hear how good their headphones can sound if they take more time to tune them. When you buy a high-end model, you expect that the manufacturer has already done all of the engineering for you- from tonality to frequency response to resolution. You assume you’re going to get great design and...
Monkdoctor
19
May 5, 2020
Nice write up. I had time to blow off steam from this COVID lockdown in Cali. I modded my HE-35X. Didn't bother listening to them stock. Gutted it out and put in some electrostatic drivers. See the stock driver in the background.
Saitekina
1
May 1, 2020
Looking for AMP and DAC combo for music listening and Gaming...
hello everyone! I have a simple yet hard question... Im pretty much new to the Audio game so sorry for my ignorance.. im looking for a AMP and DAC combo for my Sennheiser HD6XX that came in today.. I will using it for gaming and music..... a lot of music listening as well. so what combo would the more experience audio heads recommend? I was thinking of getting the MASSDROP CTH + SDAC DAC/AMP since it has both but again.. i dont know much so im not sure if thats even a good thing.
ridhuankim
639
Apr 30, 2020
How to make custom cable adapter for DT 177X GO
The original bundled cable for DT 177x GO is very stiff and makes it a Desktop Headphones instead of a Portable one. With this, you can bring DT 177x GO anywhere you want. First, here is the diagram. In case if you want to make a balanced cable with 2.5mm TRRS plug, you can refer to the following. Thanks to @DeepSpaceus for suggestion to add balanced. You can use 4-pin XLR to TRRS adapter to connect to balanced desktop amp. https://drop.com/buy/drop-4-pin-xlr-to-trrs-adapter Now with these diagrams you should be able to create your own custom cable/adapter. Here is what I made. !!! I find the photos are not properly displayed, please click on each photo to get the whole picture. Here are what I had to prepare. 1 x TA4F 4-pin Connector https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/BravoPro-TA4F-4-pin-Connector-for-Shure-Wireless-Systems-Black/303298557896 1 x 3.5mm Female TRS Connector https://www.ebay.com...
Brand Spotlight: Massdrop x Sennheiser
We at Massdrop have a special relationship with Sennheiser. They’re a company who believes in delivering the highest quality products to the Audiophile Community, and we’re always listening to the needs and ideas of our members so in this it's a perfect match. Since our first collaboration with Axel Grell and the Sennheiser team, we’ve been able to come up with more ways to bring more products to the community. Starting with the HD 6XX, a Massdrop Made take on the company’s flagship headphones. The PC37X, a headset produced for competitive gaming. And now, the 58X Jubilee. Headphones tuned by Axel, and designed with feedback from the community. Currently, Sennheiser has a team specifically dedicated to our collaborations, and this proves their commitment to always listening and to continue bringing the very best of what they can do to those who are most passionate about it. Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee Headphones SEE DROP: www...
ClosDeLaRoche
17
Apr 28, 2020
I'd buy an HD8XX that smoothed the treble peaks at 6k and 8k. Maybe have Dekoni pads stock, those pads help with the peaks.
Brand Spotlight: Massdrop x Sennheiser
We at Massdrop have a special relationship with Sennheiser. They’re a company who believes in delivering the highest quality products to the Audiophile Community, and we’re always listening to the needs and ideas of our members so in this it's a perfect match. Since our first collaboration with Axel Grell and the Sennheiser team, we’ve been able to come up with more ways to bring more products to the community. Starting with the HD 6XX, a Massdrop Made take on the company’s flagship headphones. The PC37X, a headset produced for competitive gaming. And now, the 58X Jubilee. Headphones tuned by Axel, and designed with feedback from the community. Currently, Sennheiser has a team specifically dedicated to our collaborations, and this proves their commitment to always listening and to continue bringing the very best of what they can do to those who are most passionate about it. Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee Headphones SEE DROP: www...
Irishgirl
10
Apr 18, 2020
Drop should get Sennheiser to make the iconic 414 headphones again! ...414x?
orchardaudio
96
Jan 31, 2020
How Much Amplifier Power Do I Need?
I cannot tell you the number of times I have heard a conversation about amplifier power go like this: “I hear that B&W speakers need at least 400W,” or, “I heard that Paradigm speakers are very power-hungry.” The fact is, there IS a way to figure out how much power your speakers will need and how to pair an amplifier with the speakers you already own or are looking to purchase. To determine the amplifier power, you will need the following items: Speaker sensitivity specification (typically dB SPL /1W /1m) Number of speakers you are using Distance from speaker(s) How loud do you want your music to sound, for general reference 70-80dB for speech only 80-95dB for light music 95-110dB for heavy music Rules to Remember Every time you double power or double the number of speakers, you increase the sound pressure level (SPL) by 3dB. Every time you double the distance from the speaker, you decrease SPL by 6dB. A speaker specification of 95 dB SPL/1W/1m means that at 1W of power, the...
cell201135
101
Feb 28, 2020
Thank you very much this is super easy to read and understand the basics of audio levels to the uninitiated and learners alike.
orchardaudio
96
Jan 31, 2020
How Much Amplifier Power Do I Need?
I cannot tell you the number of times I have heard a conversation about amplifier power go like this: “I hear that B&W speakers need at least 400W,” or, “I heard that Paradigm speakers are very power-hungry.” The fact is, there IS a way to figure out how much power your speakers will need and how to pair an amplifier with the speakers you already own or are looking to purchase. To determine the amplifier power, you will need the following items: Speaker sensitivity specification (typically dB SPL /1W /1m) Number of speakers you are using Distance from speaker(s) How loud do you want your music to sound, for general reference 70-80dB for speech only 80-95dB for light music 95-110dB for heavy music Rules to Remember Every time you double power or double the number of speakers, you increase the sound pressure level (SPL) by 3dB. Every time you double the distance from the speaker, you decrease SPL by 6dB. A speaker specification of 95 dB SPL/1W/1m means that at 1W of power, the...
udizisser
0
Jan 15, 2020
Elysion Sound Demo
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