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M-Audio IE 40 (report for a newbie)

General results M-Audio IE 40

  • Sensitivity F.A.Q. by voltage: 132.08 dB/V SPL
  • Sensitivity F.A.Q. by power: 117.04 dB/mW SPL
  • Average impedance : 31.33 ohm
  • The type of acoustic design: Closed
  • Headphone: Mid-impedance
  • Type of headphones: In-Ear or Tablet

Analysis with recommendations for M-Audio IE 40 headphones based on the measured characteristics

Analysis and recommendations for M-Audio IE 40 based on the measured characteristics
Sources
(what the headphones to be connected)
Areas of using headphones Sensitivity Impedance The type of acoustic design Total
132.08 dB/V SPL 31.33 ohm Closed  
Low-power sources -6dBV/15dB(mA):

a smartphone
a player
a tablet
Examples
Home or studio, where sound from the headphones does not bother anyone 5
★★★★★
5
★★★★★
1
★☆☆☆☆
3.7
★★★☆☆
Office and home, where people should not hear the sound from the headphones 5
★★★★★
5
★★★★★
5
★★★★★
5.0
★★★★★
Street with active traffic 5
★★★★★
5
★★★★★
1
★☆☆☆☆
3.7
★★★☆☆
Metro (subway), public transport 5
★★★★★
5
★★★★★
5
★★★★★
5.0
★★★★★
Mid-power sources 6dBV/27dB(mA):
a computer with sound card
a Hi-Fi player
a portable amplifier
a mixing console
Examples
Home or studio, where sound from the headphones does not bother anyone 3
★★★☆☆
5
★★★★★
1
★☆☆☆☆
3.0
★★★☆☆
Metro (subway), public transport 5
★★★★★
5
★★★★★
5
★★★★★
5.0
★★★★★
Recording a voice or instrument in the studio 4
★★★★☆
5
★★★★★
5
★★★★★
4.7
★★★★☆
Hi-power sources 18dBV:

a home system with a headphone amplifier
Examples
Home or studio, where sound from the headphones does not bother anyone 1
★☆☆☆☆
5
★★★★★
1
★☆☆☆☆
2.3
★★☆☆☆
Office and home, where people should not hear the sound from the headphones 1
★☆☆☆☆
5
★★★★★
5
★★★★★
3.7
★★★☆☆


Analysis of acoustic design M-Audio IE 40

The M-Audio IE 40 headphones are made with closed-type acoustic design.

Due to the closed type the headphones have passive noise isolation and for the surrounding public the headphones play much quiet than for the listener. External sounds for the listener is on the same quiet level.

Headphones with noise isolation are good for home, when you need not to disturb others while listening to music. It's good in a noisy office, allowing you not to be distracted. In noisy transport playing music in such headphones is more safe for hearing, because due to noise isolation it is possible to listen to music at an average or quiet volume. In the studio, when recording vocals or instruments on a microphone, the closed headphones fit best; Sound from the "minus" of the headphones will not get into the microphone.

Headphones with noise isolation are dangerous to use on the street with active traffic.

Analysis of the sensitivity of M-Audio IE 40 headphones


The sensitivity of the M-Audio IE 40 headphones is 132.08 dB/V SPL by the voltage and 117.04 dB/mW SPL by the power. The sensitivity by voltage reflects the relative "loudness" of the headphones among others - the higher the value, so the headphones are louder. The sensitivity by power reflects the efficiency of the headphones. High sensitivity of the headphones means less energy need from the source (for portable devices - less battery power).

Depending on the sensitivity, headphones are best to use with sources of optimum power. If the source is too powerful, then there is a high probability of constantly hearing background noise. If source power is weak, there will be insufficient volume level.

In a quiet environment for the M-Audio IE 40 , an amplifier with a voltage level of at least -28.08 dBV at 31 Ohms is recommended for listening to music with a level of 90 dB SPL (without noise isolation). An amplifier with a level above 9.92 dBV is not desirable if the volume control is digital, not analog.

For noisy environments, an amplifier with a voltage level of at least -16.08 dBV at a load of 31.33 ohms is desirable.


If you want to listen to music at a different volume level, you just need to add or subtract a change in dB to 90 dB SPL (for example, for a desired level of 105 dB SPL, add 15 dB and the minimum voltage level for the amplifier is -28.08 dBV + 15 dB = -13.08 dBV).


Analysis of the impedance of M-Audio IE 40 headphones

The average resistance at the headphones M-Audio IE 40 is 31.33 Ohm.

The resistance affects the amount of current that the amplifier should give to the headphones. If the current is not enough, the sound quality will deteriorate, beginning with harsh in the sound and ending with a banal rattling. In most cases, at low current values, the amplifiers operate in comparable quality to class A, and as the current level rises, the quality decreases toward AB, B, and the clipping zone.

Imagine that you have a water tank, which gradually becomes filled with water. The voltage at the amplifier, this pressure, with which the pump pumped water from the reservoir. If the inflow of water in the tank is lower than the volume that the pump pumps out, then at the pump outlet we collect water and "bubbles". Similarly, with the sound from the headphones, which lacked current from the amplifier.

For a quiet environment, an amplifier with an output current level of at least 1.26 mA in a given class of quality is desirable (preferably orientated to comparable class A) and 5.02 mA for loud.





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On-line comparison and selection services for M-Audio IE 40

Comparison the frequency response M-Audio IE 40 versus other models

Compare the sensitivity and impedance M-Audio IE 40 versus other models.

The automatic selection of the optimal AMP models from M-Audio IE 40 from the measured power parameters of the amplifying part and the measured parameters of the headphones for different purpose of use.

Сравнение АЧХ и звукового давления M-Audio IE 40 в зависимости от подаваемого напряжения и импеданса усилителя.

Измерения M-Audio IE 40 проведены Романом Кузнецовым на программно-аппаратном комплексе RAA.

Тест M-Audio IE 40 проведен как черного ящика, без учета стоимости и престижа. Это главный принцип измерений и разработки тестов в RAA.

Считаю, что важно делать не абсолютную оценку устройства, а совокупную оценку при совместной работе с усилителем источника и учетом внешних факторов. Это позволяет эффективно раскрывать потенциал всей связки устройств или делать более оптимальный подбор компонентов.




Kuznetsov Roman
Founder of RAA



Known by the nickname romanrex
Аuthor of articles iXBT.com



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