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I am wondering if there is a way to determine sound signature from frequency graphs. The reason I ask is because I just purchased a pair of Ultimate Ears 600Vi (very happy with them, by the way) and now I am comparing them to the Etymiotic HF3, which I've received advice not to buy without hearing as the sound signature is "cold" and "analytical." Well, comparing the specs (both have armature drivers, not sure how many in the HF3, but the UE 600Vi have one) and looking at graphs on headroom makes me think that they might use very similar drivers just tuned differently.

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Yeah, you can. An ideal sound signature is one that is ruler-flat, hugging the 0dB line all the way across. This means that the music coming out of the headphones sounds exactly like it was supposed to. The shape of the treble (the right side) is always going to have two main dips and two main peaks in headphones, this has to do with the shape of the human ear, a truly flat headphone wouldn't sound right (this does not apply to speakers, which should be totally flat all the way out to 20kHz in an ideal world).

Those two headphones are so close that I wouldn't worry about any differences between the two. If you heard both back to back you could probably pick out the differences, but they are both very neutral. Your headphones will put out a little more bass while the HF3s are going to be closer to absolute neutrality, but as I said they're both so close that it's no wonder you like yours so much.
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Example of an in-ear hearing curve--yours and anyone else's will vary.

Therefore the nebulous adjectives being used to analyze loudspeakers are

1) generally subjective
2) subject to an individual's understanding of the English language
3) may or may not be exaggerated
4) user may be lying and has a motivation to push a certain product
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Yeah, you can. An ideal sound signature is one that is ruler-flat, hugging the 0dB line all the way across. This means that the music coming out of the headphones sounds exactly like it was supposed to. The shape of the treble (the right side) is always going to have two main dips and two main peaks in headphones, this has to do with the shape of the human ear, a truly flat headphone wouldn't sound right (this does not apply to speakers, which should be totally flat all the way out to 20kHz in an ideal world).
Those two headphones are so close that I wouldn't worry about any differences between the two. If you heard both back to back you could probably pick out the differences, but they are both very neutral. Your headphones will put out a little more bass while the HF3s are going to be closer to absolute neutrality, but as I said they're both so close that it's no wonder you like yours so much.

Thanks very much. I received two replies on Head-Fi, but they were very technical in nature. This was geared to my understanding and very helpful. Rep+
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