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Just received mine today and the first thing I noticed after I plugged them into my Fiio e10k was HOLY SHIT WAY TOO LOUD. I thought that, given these were 150 ohms, they would need a higher volume setting than my previous headphones (shure srh440s which are 44 ohms) so I set the volume setting about twice as high but I ended using almost the same volume setting as my shures, maybe a little higher. Is this normal?
EDIT: I take that back, seems like it depends on what song I play for some reason. Could be b/c different songs have different base volumes? No idea. On the other hand, these things are real headbangers, found myself completely jamming out to them and I've only listened to a few songs. Also, they're comfortable as hell, though I did do that trick to reduce the clamping force (fully extend the earcups then bend only the metal part outwards a few times), which I think did help. Definitely some great headphones.
On the other other hand, does anyone know how to open the earcups to remove the foam in front of the drivers? I heard that changes the sound for the better but haven't attempted any sort of mod on a headphone before.
Can you tell a big change in sound after removing the foam??
I actually ended up leaving them in. I read in a more than a few places that they help protect the drivers from dust but when I have time I'll take the foam out and listen to some stuff. Tbh though I kinda doubt it'll do much as the foam is barely anything but I'll let you know.
Yeah just tried it out, nothing really significant so not worth the possible damage from dust.
The volume difference is probably just good power handling of the 58Xs. Pop songs tend to have a high overall volume without too much difference between the loudest and quietest sounds but higher quality recordings and especially high quality classical recordings have a lower average volume and a really high peak volume for orchestral crescendos and the like.
Oh also I forgot to mention the foam on the back does nothing. I tested it extensively but it does nothing. You can change the sound by using felt tape over the driver hole to restrict airflow to the driver. This tones down the base slightly and ups the treble and midrange a lot. It's a fun mod to try and I had it on for a while but then I took it off and enjoyed it without the mod quite a bit more. Depends on your preference.