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My cans sound better on my ipod than on my soundcard?

post #1 of 18
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First off, I'm still new to the whole "quality sound" scene, so bare with me.

I've just received my Ultrasone HFI-580 a few days ago and the first thing I did was plug them into my ipod and fell in instant love. It sounded amazing. So much clarity with an extremely punchy bass. By the way, my ipod are on stock settings, the equalizer has not been touched.

A few hours after that, I decicded to plug them into my XONAR DG. I figured it should sound much better on a sound card than just a ipod. This however was not the case. It sounded dull, boring, and flat. The bass was there, but it wasn't as impactful. It just kind of blended in with the other sounds. The DG is also on stock settings.

Why does it sound beter connected to my ipod? Maybe, I should mess with the equalizer? Even though I don't really know what to do with it.

Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 18
Set the EQ to soft rock setting.
post #3 of 18
Probably more of an EQ thing than sound fidelity.
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post #4 of 18
Agreed with everyone else, its an EQ thing.
   
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post #5 of 18
May I ask what gen Ipod? The Gen 5's were known for having a pretty good wolfson DAC.
post #6 of 18
Just so you know, the DG defaults to the 32 ohm mode. If you want some "kick" in those Ultrasones, change the amp to "exciter" mode (64+ ohm).

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post #7 of 18
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I believe my ipod is either a 5th or 6th gen. lol. It's in my car right now and I'm a bit lazy, but I'm 90% sure it's a 6th gen.

And setting the EQ to "soft rock" helped a lot, thanks!

Also, is that 64ohms the built in amp the DG has? What are the difference between the 3 settings?
post #8 of 18
"exciter mode" just increases the gain. It'll sound louder, which to most people will sound like the quality has improved!
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post #9 of 18
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Oh and I checked on my Ultrasone box and it says the its impedance is 32 Ohms.

Would setting it to the higher 64 Ohms damage my headphones?
post #10 of 18
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Just so you know, the DG defaults to the 32 ohm mode. If you want some "kick" in those Ultrasones, change the amp to "exciter" mode (64+ ohm).

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Is the DX supposed to have this option? I just checked the drivers and it doesn't seem to be there. I'm using the ASUS drivers, not the modified/unified ones if that matters.
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