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*TPU's Gaming Headphone/Headset Thread*

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Yeah I'm really liking it. Only had a couple of snaggles, one of which was my fault. Here I was wondering why I heard no difference. Then I realized I selected Realtek Digital Output instead of Realtek Digital Output(Optical) when installing it. Needless to say it was a Homer moment, DOH!

The only other confusing thing was why on Earth Set 4 would not show all it's bands. Then I discovered by hovering around with the mouse and looking at the tooltips you have to add them in one at a time with little + tab at the end of the Gain bar.

Oddly enough though, when I adjusted the EQ according to InnerFidelity's frequency response curve for the DT-770 Pro, which showed a 7.5db dip at 80Hz, 12.5db dip at 5k, and 10db rise at 9k, it sounded worse at the high end.

Maybe it's that I'm listening to compressed music, or that they tested a different model of DT-770 Pro, but I could only confirm that boosting 80Hz sounded better. I also boosted 200Hz a bit, because a couple other charts showed it dipping there at 5db. I only boosted it 3db though.

This setting also just happens to work very well for my Jamos speaker set too. The cans I'm using are the 80 OHm version, and I'm so glad I was able to find them on sale at Guitar Center. They are by far the most popular model of the 770s, and have more bass.

At 59 my hearing is going though. In tinnitus tests I can only hear up to 12,000 Hz. Maybe it's God's way of protecting us from the stress of high shrill noises when we get older LOL. They say excess stress takes years off your life. It's strange though that at all other frequencies, save for very low ones, I'm pretty good at pinpointing subtle differences.

Thanks for the heads up on these. They are indeed far better than Realtek's crappy built-in EQ. I couldn't resist sampling it with Tom Petty's Anthology: Through The Years album on Spotify. He was quite a loved and talented artist, and one I'll definitely miss. I'd forgotten how many top ten hits he had, and even some that aren't are true classics.
 
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LOL I learned the hard way with the wrong audio device selection too, its one of those mistakes you'll only make once. Mine was actually after I swapped out my Denon AVR (donated to the entertainment center) and started using my Aune T1 (first gen) DAC/Amp. I forgot to swap devices...had a "duh" moment for like 10-15 minutes before I remembered WTF I needed to do. I had been running EQAPO for a while during that time...but had totally forgot I had set up the EQ. That qualifies for a DOH! moment right? :D

I listen to compressed music too, mostly 192-320K or VBR, not a lot of uncompressed in my collection. I tried adjusting my EQ like you were, didn't quite work out for me either...not sure if it's because I have hearing loss (likely) or have different preferences (likely) or whatever, but I just tune to what sounds best to me at the time of tuning with what I got...and that generally differs from what I've tried from other's measurements and suggestions. Takes a while, but then I pretty much forget I'm running an EQ unless for some reason EQAPO doesn't load...which is quite rare, not sure the last time it happened...but it has.

If you ever run into the issue, re-run the EQ APO Configurator, re-select your audio device, run the CMD commands to restart the audio service (net stop audiosrv and net start audiosrv), and you should be set. I've probably had to do that half a dozen times over the past several years.

Glad you enjoy it man! I hope more folks get on-board with using it if they aren't, really effective way to change one's audio experience quick and free.

Tom Petty will be greatly missed and may he forever rock on. Had to fire up a few songs too now that you mention it. :rockout:
 
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In my experience there are no 'decent' gaming headphones at that tier, only passable ones. For something decent youd be looking at at least £60-70 but guaranteed that money will buy you a hell of a lot of headphones for your money

Give these a try and see what you think -- Its just a little over your budget but Kingston headsets have been pretty good as of late.
What am really worried about bus the longevity of these headphones. How long they would last .The last headphone I bought was a beats headphone and it snapped broken on it's head not long after.
 

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What am really worried about bus the longevity of these headphones. How long they would last .The last headphone I bought was a beats headphone and it snapped broken on it's head not long after.
The whole thing about beats is they are a scam. Kingston are the real McCoy.

Coincidentally, these Kingstons are a rebadge of headphones made my Qpad (qpad qh-90)
 
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I always wanted to try Beyers, but when I was almost sure to go with the 770's I snagged a deal on some used Denon D2000's instead, that I enjoyed the heck out of for a while....but are now collecting dust on the shelf until I finish rebuilding one of the earcup hinges, not broken yet...but I don't want to let them get that far. If I'd have just bought the Beyer's they'd probably still be going strong without any issues aside from replacing the pads.
I think the only way to 'fix' torn/flaky headband and broken hinges on the Denons is to buy a spoiled unit (shorted/dead drivers) and cannibalize the parts. This can be quite an ordeal since finding and buying spoiled ones are pretty rare and won't be exactly cheap either, but there's no where around it I'm afraid.

When I got mine, it occurred to me that should something happen to the cables, especially if they're near the cups, I'd be in a world of hurt. So, I'd have to find someone to fix that potential issue for me, sure I can do a ghetto job of it, but I'd prefer something more professional. I went and had both my D7k and D2k modded with HiFiMan SMC connectors by a pro, even had the original D7k cable fitted with plugs so I can play around with cables. Even bought a Balanced XLR cable with SMC plugs so I can use it on my Denons and HiFiman's (HE-4 and HE560). The Denon D2k, D5k and D7k really do deserve this 'makeover' since they're beautiful cans, and are becoming rarer and rarer as the years past. Below are pics of my D7k and D2k after the mod (my actual cans, not standard pics gleaned off the net), I love these badboys and use them from time to time....

 
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Couldn't help myself when a brand new and sealed iFi Micro iDSD Black Label (only three days since it was purchased) became available in a local forum garage section (could never walk away from a good deal). Snagged it and I'm not disappointed with it, very capable DAC section and a very powerful amp section (can even drive a HE6!!!). My Oppo HA1 and Gustard X12 have Sabre 9018 DAC in 'em, but the iDSD has dual core Burr Brown, so I suppose I'd be getting a slightly different sound from it vs the Sabre's in my other head amps.

 
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Bought a set of relatively cheap 4pin Balanced XLR cable for the HD6XX, I can use it on my Oppo HA1, and my regular 6.3mm output ports on my other DAC stack/combo.

In the pic below, I have it hooked up to my iFi Micro iDSD with a 4pin XLR (female) to SE 6.3mm adapter.


The HD6XX surprised the heck outta me, very good tight bass, mildly recessed mids perhaps and great sparkling highs. Good separation and imaging, though soundstage is narrower than what I'd expected, certainly not as wide as the DT990 Premium (which isn't that wide in the first place). It compares well even against the likes of the HE560 and ATH-R70x.