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My new headphones (SR850) are causing me ear fatigue after an hour or so of listening even at low volumes without using the equalizer. I could listen to my old RX700's all day and never experience this problem. Can someone with experience offer some advice on how to equalize these headphones to help or even fix this problem? A review on head-fi mentions it but I have no idea how to set the equalizer properly.

"This headphone is bright and can fatigue you. "

"I'm not completely pleased with the headphone, as I would prefer the highs to be a little tamer (I use an equalizer and dropped the highs down a tad and all that fatigue went away while still sounding excellent)."
Edited by Derp - 2/4/12 at 12:30am
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My new headphones (SR850) are causing me ear fatigue after an hour or so of listening even at low volumes without using the equalizer. I could listen to my old RX700's all day and never experience this problem. Can someone with experience offer some advice on how to equalize these headphones to help or even fix this problem? A review on head-fi mentions it but I have no idea how to set the equalizer properly.
"This headphone is bright and can fatigue you. "
"I'm not completely pleased with the headphone, as I would prefer the highs to be a little tamer (I use an equalizer and dropped the highs down a tad and all that fatigue went away while still sounding excellent)."

I made the same move and know exactly what you mean. They are quite harsh, and were giving me headaches at first. The first thing would be to try and stretch them a little bit so they aren't clamping so tightly.

They also get much better after a while. Keep listening to them, and either you'll get used to it, or they burn in a little more, or perhaps even both. Use them for a good week or so.
     
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You basically need to just turn down the higher frequency sliders in the graphic equalizer to where you feel is comfortable.

You can use this link to help you do it. Pick a spot on 500hz where you can hardly hear it and move over to the right trying to keep the beep at the same volume. It should give you an idea on what the equalizer curve should look like.
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You basically need to just turn down the higher frequency sliders in the graphic equalizer to where you feel is comfortable.
You can use this link to help you do it. Pick a spot on 500hz where you can hardly hear it and move over to the right trying to keep the beep at the same volume. It should give you an idea on what the equalizer curve should look like.

Thank you for that link, it gave me a general idea of what I need to adjust.
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