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    Just got into proper headphone listening bought some audeze el8 and an oppo HA-1 donít know if itís just me but on certain recordings there seems to be slightly more volume coming from the left channel thinking it maybe the way a tracks been recorded or have I got dodgy ears or a dodgy set of cans the balance on the oppo is preset


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    Try some ear wax remover-sometimes cans can be a tad more revealing.

    The chemists sell stuff you pour in yer lug hole and it dissolves all the wax-dont go prodding around with cotton buds, let the liquid stuff do its work.

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    If your noticing it then there may be an issue. More likely the amp tho
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    Funny you should say that grant noticing it more on vinyl replay so could be related to the tape outs or like Tony has alluded too itís me jugs further investigation will commence further updates on said matter will be forthcoming

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    try a modern cd Steven. they are usually better balanced for headphones or something from Spotify etc. Might be the phono and the way it separates.
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    Have you got any other headphone sockets on your gear?
    That would show if it's the Oppo amp or not.

    Have you got any mono recordings? if so, twirl the headphones round so the left earcup is on your right ear, and if it's still the same offset sound then it's probably your ears.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vinyljunky View Post
    Funny you should say that grant noticing it more on vinyl replay so could be related to the tape outs or like Tony has alluded too itís me jugs further investigation will commence further updates on said matter will be forthcoming
    I'm no vinyl expert but can this be the result of a mistracking ot worn stylus, or old cartridge?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lawrence001 View Post
    I'm no vinyl expert but can this be the result of a mistracking ot worn stylus, or old cartridge?

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    ... Is what I was thinking, and cd would likely eliminate the phono chain. Alternatives as Jerry suggests or, (possibly more efficiently, pace Jerry) try swapping the cartridge leads left for right and see if the imbalance moves. If so it's the cartridge. If not swap the pre amp leads to the headphone amp left for right, see if the imbalance follows. If so it's the phono section or the pre. If not it's could be the can amp. In terms of likelihood I'd go cart setup, cans, phono, pre, can amp, hearing. We accommodate in the grey matter for most ear imbalances, so if you don't hear it with speakers you shouldn't with headphones.
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    Incorrect antiskate settings could cause a channel imbalance.
    If you haven't already got a copy of this, get one - there are tracks you can use to set antiskate properly.

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    Is this a good deal - current offer? - https://www.richersounds.com/headpho...phone-amp.html
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