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So I lowered the gain to "high gain" and cranked the volume a little bit. Believe me, I try to give it a shot without EQ tweaking, listened to my favorite genres, but none of it sounds that good. Maybe i am just spoiled from my previous cans - Koss SB40. I picked them up randomly like 10 years ago. They had really strong bass, although maybe little distorted. When I set the settings like on the picture, it makes all the difference (vs. default).



BTW. anyone find the pre-defined genre settings ridicolous? They sound awful.
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So I lowered the gain to "high gain" and cranked the volume a little bit. Believe me, I try to give it a shot without EQ tweaking, listened to my favorite genres, but none of it sounds that good. Maybe i am just spoiled from my previous cans - Koss SB40. I picked them up randomly like 10 years ago. They had really strong bass, although maybe little distorted. When I set the settings like on the picture, it makes all the difference (vs. default).



BTW. anyone find the pre-defined genre settings ridicolous? They sound awful.
All the pre-defined genre's are completely awful. I listen to less bassy music and more vocal metal sound, so the following really helps to bring out their voices while maintaining a decent thump that doesn't distort my music to all hell.

Another thing to consider is if you're listening to metal, almost all metal is recorded REALLY crappily. It's all about loudness and the better gear you have, the better you can hear how harsh the music is and how badly it was recorded.

Also, make sure you're listening to music files that are on par with your equipment. You shouldn't be listening to files less than 320kbps. Make sure the Sample ratio is in accordance with your music too, though this shouldn't hurt too much.

Here's how mine's set:




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I listen to all kind of genres, but most frequently metal/h. metal, rap/hip-hop/trip-hop and electronic music (I know, weird combo). I must say i am kinda liking your settings for metal stuff. The instruments are more defined, compared to my previous setting, where they were creating kind of "sound mass", everything blending together. For hip-hop though, i just need more bass for kicks/drums.

Time to create different set's for each genre. As for the quality, most of my albums are in FLAC. I think they are still at 44100Hz.

Great UI btw, especially liking the icons
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