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I put giant capacitors in my homemade audio amplifier's high-pass filter because that's all I had when I built it. As a result, the thing has response down to like 2Hz.

I've since noticed that a lot of tunes have subsonics in them that I'm not sure even the composers know about- I can sometimes watch the cones on my speakers move in and out widely with very little audio actually happening. An example is 4-Mat's Paper Dolls (AWESOME CHIPTUNE OMG), towards the ends my speakers just go insane.

Most amplifiers/sound cards would roll all of that stuff out. And for good reason: I'm probably going to blow my speakers up one of these days.
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I used to think that I was hearing new stuff when I got new sound cards, and I got tons of new sound cards, but when I plugged my headphones back into my onboard to check, all those "new" sounds were present.

This should be the case for everyone, unless something was seriously wrong with your old setup. It's just the fact that you're sitting down listening closely to see if you can hear a difference... you tend to notice stuff you didn't before.

Totally agreed for the majority of situations. Paying attention in a different way makes a huge difference. Also, listening louder can also help with that.

But with say a change in headphones / speakers, you can get differences so where the frequency response is different enough that new frequencies are being more or less masked than they were before. This should help you hear new things that you didn't before. However, unless you're really talking about sounds at the edge of being audible in the mix for the new system, if you go back to the old system, you'll probably hear the same if you're listening for it.

But I mean, sure, if you're going from tinny built-in speakers to something better and hear a bass line you never heard before, that's probably legit.
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I would say that the different sounds are always there no matter which audio setup you use, but you need good audio setups to recognize which instrument produces which sound.
Meaning that the sounds you usually can't hear is drowned in the backround of the audio produced by the bad speakers/headphones. A good example are those cheap 4.1 wormcans that can't produce high/mid sounds well, and the fault is masked by the overpowering (but bad) subwoofer.
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I have an an ODAC > O2 > AKG 701 setup (about 1000 hours burnin) and I was listening to Seal - Don't Cry (Acoustic) and hard him say "Two. Two. Three." and start singing again. Out dozens of times I have listened to that song BEFORE getting my ODAC, I never heard any of that....


How about you guys? You hear things you otherwise couldn't when you pay attention to your music?
0_0 I can hear that easily using my laptop onboard sound and my beyer dt1350's

Anyway, I have noticed quite alot of new things with these headphones. Most of the time its bleed from other instruments or headphones into the mic(s). Here's an example, I can hear the hihats, kick and snare in the intro when the guitar and epiano are playing.
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I can tell you that I CANT hear my girlfriend complaining nearly as much wink.gif
   
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I replaced my old Logitech X-540 5.1 speakers with a Corsair SP2500 2.1 speakers a week ago. Even running the Corsairs off my P9X79 WS' onboard sound, I was hearing details I couldn't hear with the X540s (and they weren't exactly slouches for the price I paid). I temporarily installed an ASUS Essence STX sound card earlier today and the difference between it and the onboard sound was remarkable (enough to justify the price and the loss of a PCIe slot). Tympani's have a natural resonant sound instead of just a thud. I could actually hear the bowing of the cellos and double basses.
   
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