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What is the effect of impedance on headphone sound quality?

Snagged from Beyer-Dynamics website: The impedance is determined by the voice coil (dynamic headphones), which is a winded copper wire (coated to avoid a short-circuit). This copper wire is ...
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High impedance headphone for MacBook without an amp?

According to a review by Ken Rockwell on the DT 880, the only real difference between the 32, 250 and 600 ohm versions was how loud you are able to play them. http://kenrockwell.com/audio/beyer/dt-...
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What is the effect of impedance on headphone sound quality?

An amplifier works by multiplying the voltage of your audio source(CD, TV, etc...). When this voltage is applied to a load, such as a pair of headphones, then a current runs though the pair of ...
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I can't hear 18k in Audio Technica ATH-M50x headphones. Why?

Most people have difficulty hearing 18 kHz, except at very loud levels. Quite possibly, even with perfectly flat transmission, you'd have trouble hearing that frequency while the voice level remains ...
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Will audio interfaces power most or all headphones?

"Power" isn't really the issue. Certainly, most interfaces can offer enough wattage to cause ear damage, theoretically. However, the actual power is not determined by the HP-output alone, but by the ...
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I can't hear 18k in Audio Technica ATH-M50x headphones. Why?

Ears are not a very good tool for sound measurement. I would spend a couple of bucks on a sound analyzer app for your phone - I have SignalSpy on the iPhone - and set it to spectrum analysis. Hold the ...
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When Listening to Music, Does It Matter Which Way Round I Wear My Headphones?

Uh oh, don't do that... the stereophonic inversion police aren't up for any fun... Truth is, many headphones are designed almost symmetrical, so if you turn them around and flip the stereo channels ...
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Does a Headphone Amp Increase Output Volume?

Probably, yes. "Headphone power" depends basically on two things, output voltage and headphone impedance (I discussed it in some detail here). Many devices don't bother providing a very great voltage, ...
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How can I use the output of a wireless mic reciever as a wireless monitor and get audio on both sides of my headphones?

You have a few options, 1) you can buy a 1/8 or 1/4 inch headphone jack and short the L R connections together since (in an unbalanced situation (most regular headphones)) they share a common ground....
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Are there established EQ settings to increase concentration?

I don't think you will find any research in to what EQ settings will make a difference. There may be certain frequency groups that help, but EQs just apply adjustments to what is already there though ...
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Are there established EQ settings to increase concentration?

I dont think this is particularly a Sound Design question in the first place, but I would point out that there can be considerable differences between any two different equalisers (hardware or ...
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Where can I find a 3.5mm female receiver?

Radio Shack sells male and female audio connectors in a variety of sizes/formats, including the 3.5 mm type. Take care with your soldering to minimize the effect on sound quality.
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Headphones: high versus low impedance?

There are some characteristics for low and high impedance headphones - but these are not to be taken as universal truths (you'll find excellent sounding low impedance headphones and horrible sounding ...
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5.1 surround headphones for mixing?

Working on headphones for a 5.1 mix is not a good idea. Nevertheless, what you might be looking for is a 5.1 to binaural renderer. An example of such a product can be found here : http://smyth-...
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Headphones - Is constantly wearing them bad? (not music)

There's no inherent risk in prolonged use of headphones provided the volume is kept at reasonable levels (at least according to my otorhinolaryngologist). Aural isolation is not a problem, on the ...
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Headphones - Is constantly wearing them bad? (not music)

If you keep under the safety limits in your listening levels and time exposed and take breaks from listening (I've heard 15 minutes break per 45 minutes of listening), then I think you should be safe. ...
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What are the limits of the 3.5mm jack?

There could be a limit on the amount of power that can be transmitted because of the common-ground/return circuit topology forced by the standard TRS pinout. It is much easier to get higher power from ...
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Can differences between high quality audio formats be noticed on low quality headphones?

The short answer is "No". The long answer is: I did a study in university to find out if people can, as some people say, notice the difference between different audio codecs and different bit-rates of ...
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Noise Cancellation Headphones

Yes, you will get noise cancellation even if you're not playing music. Don't take my word for it - any search engine should give you hits like this and this. There are some that will cancel noise even ...
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Do I need a studio Headphones from beginning?

Built-in laptop speakers are largely useless. A cheap headphone already has a much better chance at reproducing lower frequencies. Its stereo representation is rather different from that of a pair ...
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Convert speaker stereo mix to headphone

You could have a look into processing the recordings with the help of a binaural panning tool such as the one included in Logic. You would import the two channels of your audio files as two seperate ...
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PA Mixer monitor - mono to stereo headphones

It's a mono output jack, so needs a mono jack, or preferably TRS with bridge, if you're going to a stereo headphone amp. A regular TRS > TRS will arrive at the headphone amp as one side of a 'stereo' ...
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Headphones splitter for audiointerface's line out

It is an amplified headphone distributor. Sweetwater.com has many. There is a cheap one for $30 but most are a $200-300 and up. If you get an inexpensive one, make sure it’s powered - otherwise it can ...
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What happens when the output impedance of a headphone amp is higher than the input impedance of the headphones?

First a short historical notice. In the old days, professional headphones often where 600 Ohm, sometimes 250 Ohm. The IEC standard from 1996 recommended an output impedance of 120 Ohms for the ...
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Is bass boost harmful?

As someone who comes from a sound company, the only way you can be sure that it would negatively effect the headset or headphones in said question is whether it would pass the specification of the ...
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High impedance headphone for MacBook without an amp?

I have my Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro 250 Ohm connected directly to my MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019) as I am typing this and they sound great and get plenty loud, anything above 75% volume is actually too ...
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Headphones for Mastering ?

Beyerdynamic 990'swould do the trick and should be in budget, they're open back so they sound pretty natural (the 770's are closed back and 880's are a semi open) and they're insanely comfortable to ...
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How to send different mix to 3 seperate headphones?

Whatever you do, you'll definitely need some kind of headphone amp(s) to properly drive the headsets' low impedance. With such amplification, the aux sends should be just fine, they shouldn't feature ...
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Tuning a house of worship by referencing through headphones

First things first, use your crossover. You should connect your main outputs to it and feed your main loudspeakers and your subwoofers power amps from it. Connecting and learning how to configure your ...
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Headphones don't work in cubase 8

According to the Steinberg UR22 operation manual, you need to setup the device in Cubase: When the “ASIO Driver Setup” window appears while the Cubase series program is launching, confirm that ...
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