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    la vache fantôme phantomcow2's Avatar
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    Do earbuds normally sound so bassy?

    I bought a cheapo pair of canalphones to use at work when I need to focus. They're the Altec Lansing MUZX wooden ones for $25. I've always shied away from canalphones as I used to find them uncomfortable. However I thought I'd give it a go because these



    aren't exactly work appropriate . They block out external noise, and that's necessary because I sit in a high traffic area. Anyways, the first thing I noticed trying them out is that the bass is dominant, excessively so in my opinion. It's like it is really punchy on the peak of the transient -- the loudest part of the drum beat -- but there's no reproduction of the beat of a bass drum as it quiets down, as the amplitude of the struck vibrating surface decreases back to equilibrium.

    Basically I find the bass way too dominant.

    Are my observations

    A) Due to the fact that I'm using el-cheapo canalphones? I'm used to a setup that's probably a lot nicer than this (see image).

    B) A product of the nature of canalphones; I'd imagine some bass augmentation exists because there is an airtight seal into my ear (it uses silicone molds). But this much?

    C) None of the above.
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    another retro grouch Mr IGH's Avatar
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    I notice it on any headphones, when I rip MP3s I knock the bass down 6db. I only use my MP3 player with headphones so it OK for me.

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    There are some earbuds that won't give you the problem that you're having but they are really expensive.

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    So it's an unwanted feature of these headphones? I'm not willing to spend more than $25 on earbuds. I only plan on using them at work; 90% of my listening is on ATH-AD700's, which are also not appropriate for work use because they leak out as much as the let in. I guess I'll deal with it.
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    If you drink a cup of boiling water they don't sound as bad.
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    I kinda like the bass response in my canal buds. My mp3 player has a 5 band EQ, though so I can adjust as necessary.
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    Look at some Sennheiser Studio Standard headphones.

    http://www.sennheiserusa.com/private..._dj-headphones

    For earbuds, these can't be beat, but they ARE pricey.

    http://www.sennheiserusa.com/private...dphones_500772
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