Strange enough behaviour. But I think it requires a lot of self-confidence to have paid $1.500 plus other $1.500 for the amp and to admit one needs to EQ.
Keep in mind that headphones don't measure flat. 94dB (taken @1kHz?) for headphones is a lot quieter than 94dB for speakers.Wait what? Most people consider 94dB as very loud and I certainly do. Most of my listening is much quieter than this. I'm wondering if you're going deaf Amir!
Headphone SPL is usually reported at like 1kHz, but if we look at say the bass, it needs to be ~4dB higher at 30Hz for the Harman curve; and there is no boundary reinforcement like with speakers in a room. So, since we usually take vocals and bass as a reference (rather than say the loudness of the hi-hats of a drum), the 1kHz SPL can seen unusually high if one is accustomed to speaker SPL.Could you explain what you mean by this further?
I agree with every word. With every.I dislike reviewing of headphones just about as I expected to on ASR. That field isn't on firm ground scientifically the way loudspeaker design is.
So much extra money for less accurate response needing EQ, but better subjective layering so recommended. Sounds more like something on SBAF than what belongs here. I think such continued reviewing will undermine what is otherwise the strong basis for so much reviewing of other gear on ASR. You'll end up having to use the same iffy practices to get a practical headphone review as is done elsewhere, but they don't limit it to headphones, rather having iffy practices for all gear. And people will be inclined to disbelief the best part of ASR when it suits them, because the site's owner does so himself on headphones.
That’s just my thinking though, as I’ve done quick SPL calculations for my gear and I noticed how much higher the SPL was.
I agree with every word. With every.
Absolutely NOT.If your ears are less capable of physically receiving higher frequencies as well as you did when younger, and you want to be able to hear them like that now, then you need to turn up the treble, right? You can't do that in real life without a hearing aid or whatever, but I'm sure many people would if they could. No-one's doubting that the older you are the more potential there is for having learnt stuff and being wise etc, but I'm not sure what that has to do with natural physical damage to ears due to ageing.
I agree that the 94dB at 1kHz is loud, but I was saying that it may not sound that loud to Amir as the bass was so below target. So, it’s what your ear “references” as the baseline.94dB SPL at 1kHz is VERY loud (94 Phon) and is something that you would normally not listen to for about half a song.
94dB SPL at 40Hz is about 80 Phon and what is aimed for during recordings (pleasantly loud)
When one has a bass note and wants to EQ to Harman and listen at a pleasantly loud listening level 85dB bass will be about 18dB higher in amplitude so around 104dB.
measuring 1kHz at 94 dB SPL means bass would have to be 112dB SPL. The total SPL would be much higher as the energy of all tones adds.