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I bought these last drop but I've barely used them. They sound hollow &a thin so I'm unimpressed. I can't help but feel like something's wrong with my set because all the reviews I read (or watched) are so glowing and don't line up with my experience. I'm driving them with the Schiit Audio's Jotunheim so I know there's enough juice there. Anyone else feel this way?
Although people might disagree with this scientifically problematic answer, I'm guessing one of the cups is wired out of phase.. I have not experienced this in headphone, from people i trust I hear that headphones out of phase will lack bass and sound hollow.... put a track in a DAW and reverse the phase on one side and take a listen.. if the sounds improves then you know the driver in one of the cups is out of phase
I auditioned the the Joutenhiem with my TH900. I found it to be a poor match: uninspired, lacking musicality, not nearly as extended / powerful as they could be. It also barely handled the HE-6 so I sent it back. The Deckard was a MUCH better match -- which is a $430 Matrix B-Stage with some tweaks.
Thanks for the reply. Just to add a little more color the Jotunheim wasn't the only amp I tested it with. I wanted to keep the post short while avoiding the expected response of "are you driving enough power to it." I bought it for the man-cave so paired it with the Jotunheim. I did bring it upstair and sampled it with my $2K amp with the same results. I don't think it's a matching issue or a power issue.
FWIW, your assessment of the Jotunheim doesn't jell with all the reviews of it - just like my experience with these headphones don't ;-) As for power it has enough power to drive those HiFiMan's - with some to spare: @50 ohms it has 3000mW RMS per channel to be exact.
I can probably sell them but I'd be remised to pass them along to someone else if they're defective in some way.
I thought you wanted to keep the post short...
You need to try the phase inversion.
@audible, LOL, yes I meant for the initial post to be short - the long post was in reply to @GUTB.
I absolutely will try the phase inversion and let you know. Thanks for the helpful tip.
Oh, I should have noticed this the first time around -- you need to give them a lot of burn-in like all other headphones.
BTW my TH900 sounded exactly the same on both the Joutenhiem and Ragnarok.
Jeronimo, don't give GUTB too much credence. Check his reddit profile: https://www.reddit.com/user/GUTB
We banned him from the headphones subreddit and he's still kind of a joke punchline there, as he's literally the most utterly odd member we've had with his weirdly inconsistently snobbery and nonstop supply of hate. I miss him for the comedy, but glad to see he's still raging over here.
I'd honestly suggest you try to sell them, as TH-X00 Ebonys keep their value really well. Your amp is not going to change horrible headphones into great ones or vice versa. Burn-in won't magically make them into winners if you think they're lemons either. Most of the substantial burn-in is done in the factory, and any changes you see at home have consistently been shown to be well under 1dB (check out what MrSpeakers has measured on it).