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...
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...
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
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.
It's All Greek to Me
As with any expensive electronic product, doing research and reading reviews on headphones is a good way to reduce the risk of buyer's remorse. Physical characteristics such as the build quality, comfort, and accessories are easily described and understood, but when it comes to describing how something sounds - that's a whole other ball game. Understanding the frequency range of sound and how it affects the music is a great running start towards understanding your own preferences and what sound signature of headphone is best for you.
When deciding what headphones are best, we have to start with frequency response.
The Spectrum of Sound
The deep rumbling of a bass guitar. The lively tweeting of a piccolo. Both of these sounds begin as vibrations, carried through the air from the instrument to your ears. As the speed of vibrations is directly correlated to pitch, the low notes on the bass guitar vibrate the air slowly as compared to the higher...
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.
Now with these diagrams you should be able to create your own custom cable/adapter.
Here is what I made.
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Here are what I had to prepare.
1 x TA4F 4-pin Connector
1 x 3.5mm Female TRS Connector
How much better (if any better) is the KSP/95x compared to the HD58X?
I'm a pretty mid range audiophile as I dont have the money to spend on the higher end headphones and other equipment. Right now I'm using the HD58X's with a JDS Labs O DAC and JDS Labs Atom amp. I've been interested in electrostatic headhphones ever since I've discovered the audiophile community (actually really got into it when I discovered the Sennheiser Orpheus) but they've always been way to exspensive for me. Now that I know the KSP/95X exist, I really really want to get it, but the cost would be quite a dent for me personally. Would anyone here say that it's worth it to buy when I already have the HD58X? I mainly listen to classic rock and jazz. Any music that is really instrumental I'm into.
Music Hall mmf-2.3, Thorens TD203 or Fluance RT84?
So, here's my story in a nutshell. About seven years ago my wife (still girlfriend at the time) presented me with a Pro-Ject Essential Phono USB turntable. I had a modest collection of records at the time, mostly hip-hop and electronica coming out on independent labels, which I bought mainly to support the community, with a view of owning a turntable one day, and to listen to while visiting friends who actually had equipment to play them. For me personally, it was, and still is, the first turntable I owned. I hooked it up to some active desktop speakers, started expanding my collection with re-issues of Blue Note classics, and was pretty happy at the time. Then I started moving around: plain traveling the world first, settling in a new country, new city next. In a new city, with all the cares and worries of setting up a home, and my re-discovered passion for classical menswear I never quit got to the records, and both them and the turntable were just gathering dust in a...
I have been playing with Headphone and IEM for the past few years, and i mostly spend my money on over ear headphone. I own the HD 660S and the DT177x go. For IEM, i usually don't spend much on them, I own the Pioneer se-ch9t, Tin T3 and AK x JH audio michelle limited. I recentlly want to upgrade/ get more IEM to my collection, the one i am most interested is the Campfire Andromeda, but the price tag is double to most of the gears that i own. Are they worth the price?
I am using my Fiio BTR5 via USB out of my computer. If I plug my HD6XX directly into it I can hear music and a comfortable volume with it set to about 40 (out of 60)...and it sounds good.
If I then use my 3.5mm to RCA cable to my new THX AAA 789 "SE Input" and connect my headphones to the 3.5mm SE jack on the front, the sound is notably lower. In fact, I have to turn the volume up all the way on the BTR5 and turn the THX amp up to full volume.
Is this normal? Should I use "SE Pass"?
Or do I have a defective THX amp?
I just wanted to get some feedback from current owners (long-term if possible) to see if you have had any issues with durability, specifically driver failure. I read a couple posts by users who have owned a couple pairs of these and they mentioned that both pairs ended up with driver failure and a "bass rattling effect". The posts was made about 6-12 ago, so maybe it was just that batch, but I'm not sure. I have no experience with Hifiman products, but there seems to be quite a bit of complaints regarding quality control issues which makes me very hesitant to keep these once they arrive as I want something that's going to last years without issues, not break down within 6 months.
Can anyone else attest to any type of durability issues with these? I just bought my first pair which are set to arrive this week, but I won't bother with them if they're going to end up dying within a year.
Thanks in advance!