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yeah, for a lot of headphones maximum power inputs, you'll destroy your eardrums before you'll destroy the headphones.
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What a wacky road this thread took. Chinesekiwi, have you received your O2 yet?

@OP, glad you are enjoying your E9 thumb.gif
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Im not sure if its the e9 clearing up some distortion or the 598's finally getting "burnt in" but i've noticed an improvement in the soundstage also.

I listen to alot of metal and i can distinguish the instruments much more clearly, especially the drums. During a full drum roll across the kit it feels like its going from left to right just like the drummer is beatin on my noggin! I can even hear the double bass alternate from left to right even during fast rolls.
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Im not sure if its the e9 clearing up some distortion or the 598's finally getting "burnt in" but i've noticed an improvement in the soundstage also.

Plug your headphones back into the sound card for a while. I never noticed any changes with burn in with the HD598. The e9 seems to have bought out the mids a bit at higher volumes for me but thats about it.
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Im not sure if its the e9 clearing up some distortion or the 598's finally getting "burnt in" but i've noticed an improvement in the soundstage also.
I listen to alot of metal and i can distinguish the instruments much more clearly, especially the drums. During a full drum roll across the kit it feels like its going from left to right just like the drummer is beatin on my noggin! I can even hear the double bass alternate from left to right even during fast rolls.

I figured you would like the e9. You should be able to drive higher impedance headphones in the future too. thumb.gif
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Well i already have my e9 and im pretty happy with it. That is an interesting read though. Where did your friends find theirs? In the article it says it will cost ~$130 without DAC
Thanks!

He DIY'd it.

Then he DIY'd an awesome pair of headphones to go with it.
 
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As for whether or not it was worth it:
DEFINITELY
I could tell the difference within seconds. The bass is much tighter and cleaner. There is absolutely no distortion anymore.
The whole sound seems wider and brighter.

I've noticied, with my stock Titanium HD, it seems it cant drive very strong bass (without sounding terrible).

I use foobar2000 for music and set a small bass boost in the EQ.
In music with strong bass, at medium volume levels, the bass sounds like ***** (distortion).

At first, I thought my unamped DT 880's (250 ohm) simply can't handle strong bass.
But now, I am thinking the stock Titanium HD has a very limited ability to pump out strong bass.
With low volume, the bass sounds ok to me. Mid's and High's both sound ok to me at low and medium volumes.
High's are a tiny bit too bright for my tastes, but I suspect it's due to the headphones.

Congrats on the headphone amp! And enjoy the bass!
Edited by Partol - 2/3/12 at 4:49pm
     
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Originally Posted by Partol View Post

I've noticied, with my stock Titanium HD, it seems it cant drive very strong bass (without sounding terrible).
I use foobar2000 for music and set a small bass boost in the EQ.
In music with strong bass, at medium volume levels, the bass sounds like ***** (distortion).
At first, I thought my unamped DT 880's simply can't handle strong bass.
But now, I am thinking the stock Titanium HD has a very limited ability to pump out strong bass.
With low volume, the bass sounds ok to me. Mid's and High's both sound ok to me at low and medium volumes.
High's are a tiny bit too bright for my tastes, but I suspect it's due to the headphones.
Congrats on the headphone amp! And enjoy the bass!

I've been having a similar problem when audio in Windows is set to 5.1 but for some reason when I set the sampling rate to 96khz it fixes it. Might be worth a shot.
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any audio experts know if the ultrasone pro 550s would benefit from an amp? i've been using them with my xonar dx and at times i'm really wishing i could get a little bit more volume out of them...
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I've been having a similar problem when audio in Windows is set to 5.1 but for some reason when I set the sampling rate to 96khz it fixes it. Might be worth a shot.

Thanks! +rep. Strong bass sounds much better now. Now, I can turn the volume up very high until bass sounds distorted.
Strange thing happens. I set 96khz in Creative console. But when I use foobar (with asio plugin), settings change back to 44.1khz.
I changed windows back to 5.1 (for EAX purposes), and bass still sounds good. bass sounds bad again.
Edit: This is a confusing issue. it's difficult for me to consistently reproduce this "bass fix". I think the most reliable way to increase bass is with op-amp upgrade or with a headphone amp.

The titanium HD is a tricky card to setup perfectly for music. I've owned it for 6 months, and I'm still learning how to set it up.
Edited by Partol - 2/4/12 at 4:43am
     
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