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Old 09-17-2018, 01:53 PM
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Tinnitus is internally generated, and more likely perceived absent external sound which tends to mask it.
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Old 09-17-2018, 03:59 PM
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Here's how I understand my circumstances. I'm told that, despite my advanced age, my hearing is still quite good, except for damage at 8000 hz's in my left ear and that this is likely responsible for the tinnitus, the ringing I experience. I have an EC Zana Deux tube headphone amp and especially when paired with my old Mac Mr67 tuner, the resolution is exceptionally high, so much so that the only way I can listen is if I turn the volume way, way down. If I listen to my Denon tuner, via my headphone amp, which doesn't have the same high res, I can listen at higher volume. My theory is that my tinnitus is exacerbated whenever the 8k hz bell is rung and when the resolution is higher, there's more detail, or more sonic information ringing the bell, whereas if the volume is higher, the 8k hz bell is struck, not more often, but with greater intensity. Ok, so I'm using my imagination here, don't actually know how it all works, but my theory fits with my experience.

The issue isn't with Ayre gear, per se, but likely with the increased resolution provided by the Kx5-Twenty, more information knocking around the 8k hz bell. The greater transparency provides more sonic information and the extension, or intensity, is also increased and this could be exacerbating my tinnitus; but, as I explained, I'm just coming out of a nasty head cold and so too soon to tell.

And, indeed, the Kx5-Twenty is opening up quite nicely as its breaking in, just as explained here.

Thank you all!

It's my hope that your ears will make adjustments over time and reduce the intensity of the tinnitus.



Another thing you might want to try is toe out your speakers and lessen the straight-on beaming if that doesn't adversely affect your soundstaging and other things.
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Old 09-17-2018, 04:58 PM
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Yes, dbphd, the tinnitus is most noticeable in silence, but is also exacerbated by external stimuli, ie, sound/noise - at least this is how I experience it.

Thanks, Will, that’s kind of you - I hope so, too!

I never thought of turning my speakers off axis, will try it.
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Old 09-22-2018, 11:55 AM
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I am approaching 200 hrs on my Kx5-Twenty and I’m happy to report that it’s opening up, is smoother and, depending on the source material, has gone holographic, even at low volume (am listening without my tinnitus flaring) - Will, all as you suggested -> no regrets!

Anyone interested in a mint Ayre K5xeMP?
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