Which premium mfr does use drivers higher than 10$????
The driver is not performing particularly well, the distortion in the bass, so they probably could have done with allowing themselves to spend more on the driver to get one with lower distortion.why does it matter if the driver itself is $10 or $100? We already know that diminishing return is a thing, so does having a $500 driver in a $900 headphones make it better for you? even if the sound quality is underwhelming?
I get what you mean. I guess I was trying to ask that, if the driver is performing well enough then people wouldn't care how cheap or expensive it is right?The driver is not performing particularly well, the distortion in the bass, so they probably could have done with allowing themselves to spend more on the driver to get one with lower distortion.
It's a mix of value proposition arguments and ethical business practices.why does it matter if the driver itself is $10 or $100? We already know that diminishing return is a thing, so does having a $500 driver in a $900 headphones make it better for you? even if the sound quality is underwhelming?
It's $900 and kinda looks like a Radio Shack offering. For only $100 more the Focal Celestee, looks a lot better, has an established company behind it, and a comparable performance envelope. If I were looking for a market comparable to this, I'd opt for the Celestee.
I don't want to pay $900 for comfort and "correctable" sound, but I like the idea of an "open" large sound. Where to look for great sound out of the box, light weight, open back, irrespective of driver type, that provides value for $$$?
That's right, people shouldn't really care about how much the driver costs (apart from it's knock on effect to the overall price of the headphone), but they should care about how it measures....and this one in this headphone could definitely be better from a distortion point of view, so I think they should have paid more attention to sourcing a driver with better distortion behaviour. I can't answer your question about which are the best performing drivers in the market nowadays, because I have no idea, lol! Although it's not just the driver itself that determines the distortion behaviour, I think it can also be affected by the surrounding headphone design.....so it's not just about sourcing the best drivers, it's also about how it's integrated into the headphone.....but again I don't really know the specifics of how that is done.I get what you mean. I guess I was trying to ask that, if the driver is performing well enough then people wouldn't care how cheap or expensive it is right?
By the way, do you know what are currently the best performing headphones drivers in the market? been a while since I did some digging.
How people describe "slam" is usually characterised by higher energy from about 60-200 hz (maybe a little higher or lower depending on who you ask), relative primarily to other midrange frequencies and their harmonics. This is the fundamental frequency range for most basic percussion including kick drum, snare, toms- but also large portion of the bass range and vocals. How slammy/punchy something sounds by default will primarily always depend on the spectral content of music and how it is recorded/mixed/mastered in the first place. High energy in that region is not without trade offs- loss of soundstage depth/imaging, less intelligibility of vocals, "muddiness" and throwing off the balance of a mix are all potential consequences depending on where and how much excess energy there is.I remember a recent discussion of the supposedly superior "slam" of the Focal Utopia and how any citizism of this concept was being treated in this thread....
I apologize if this has already been discussed and I missed it, but would it be possible to at least spot measure some of these headphones once EQ is applied? I definitely have seen different results for different headphones but its hard to say if that is true across dynamic/planar/estatThis is a review, listening tests and detailed measurements of the Aurorus Audio Borealis open-back headphone. It is on kind loan from a member and costs US $899.
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As the British say, the headphone looks a bit "agricultural" with what looks like stamped washer and twisted wire in the driver region. That aside, the headphone wears very comfortably with very large and plush ear cups. Let's see how it performs.
Aurorus Audio Borealis Measurements
Let's start with our frequency response measurements which have been slightly tweaked to have more resolution and extension down to 10 Hz:
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Focusing on the positive, as noted, we have good compliance from upper bass to lower treble. But clearly we are drooping in bass and have some resonances in high frequencies. As a relative "error" response we have:
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Shouldn't be too hard to develop EQ for it (see next section). Unfortunately distortion peaks in lower frequencies which may limit our options to boost that region as desired:
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Group delay is messy in mid frequencies as many headphones are:
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Impedance is low and variable so be careful with tube amps and such:
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Good news is that sensitivity is well above average:
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Combined with lowish impedance, most sources should be able to drive it.
Aurorus Audio Borealis Headphone Listening Tests
As the frequency response measurements would predict, first impression is decent. You could listen to it this way and not know the joys that some EQ brings:
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With this in place, the response was massively transformed. Together with excellent spatial qualities, the experience was joyful. Turning off the EQ quickly showed the large improvement you were getting not only in tonality but loss of distortion in female vocals. Guessing, that reduction with filter 4 was responsible. As usual, you want to adjust the bass to taste.
The Borealis design could have been better in delivering more bass with less distortion and reduction of some resonances. Fortunately most of it is repairable with EQ. Once there, the large cups bring both comfort and great spatial qualities that are rather addictive. Add to it the high sensitivity and you get a good offering with equalization.
I am going to recommend the Aurorus Audio Borealis headphone with equalization.
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