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Ok so got a gaming laptop and obviously the audio is crap out of these speakers. I want some Sennheiser cans.

Now my issue is your headphones are only going to sound as good as your source. It has HDMI on it and was wondering if there was some way to send hdmi into some portable..uh..reciever or something?

What are these little tube amp things all about I've seen some of you using?

I know speaker audio stuff but when it comes to headphones and so forth I'm a little lost.

I'm looking to spend a few hundred.
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Noooo. Garbage in, garbage out. What you've discovered is really the fact that the onboard audio is noisy and generally low quality. The only real way to resolve that is to get an external DAC.

What you choose for a headphone is up to you but you won't fix much if you just get a new pair of headphones. I hate my laptop's audio but it serves its purpose for Skype.
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What's an external DAC?
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post #4 of 31
why sennheiser specifically? dont tunnel vision onto 1 brand, do your research, head-fi.org has a lot of info, so does google
the more info you provide people, the easier it is to help.. i.e. for gaming or for music? shooters or mmo? rap or rock? etc
a DAC (digital analog converter) is basically an external sound card, most plug in via USB and will include a headphone output, i'd put roughly 1/3 of your budget into the DAC and 2/3 into the headphone
you can add an amp in the future if you feel the itch
good luck
Edited by koven - 2/18/12 at 11:52pm
post #5 of 31
Amps are the sources that deliver power to your headphones and drive their speakers.
Some phones need a quality amp to drive them to certain volume levels at all, and most every set of cans benefit from a quality amp.

Bottom line is some head0phones can be very difficult to drive and you would not get very good sound straight from your sound-card. others can be driven very well with just a sound-card.
Amps can also have a set of characteristics they give to a headphones sound. Most digital amps tend to be more 'analytical' where tubes can have a 'warmer' sound.

Matching amp and headphones can be important in bringing out the best qualities of a can's drivers while not over-emphasizing others.
Go to Head-Fi and read....

http://www.head-fi.org/

BTW if some guy named cuad comments on this thread just ignore him... biggrin.gif

Sennheiser 650s are supposed to be pretty nice.
I personally just upgraded from Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro 80's to Denon AH-D5000's and I simply love my new cans.
The 770's were very good too.

Good luck!!!thumb.gif
Edited by tehRealChaZZZy - 2/18/12 at 11:53pm
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BTW you definitely should go out and audition as many sets you are considering as possible.
Sennheisers though very good cans sound very different from my closed Denons.
I very much prefer the sound signature of closed Denons and the dynamics and 'vibrancy' they bring to movies and music.
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post #7 of 31
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I don't think I have anywhere around here I can really test anything out so I have to rely on reviews and input

I play a lot of battlefield 3, some other shooters here and there like Deus Ex and really big into RPG's like the witcher and so forth. I really just play anything that's good.

Music is mostly metal and industrial and classic rock using FLAC.

I've alwyas heard good things about Sennheisers which is why I tunneled there. As I said in my first post, I don't know a lot about this area so I'm not going to be ignorant and will take anything recommended as new information to consider.

I really just want to get going on some good headphones and something to get me better sound for them rather than onboard audio crap.

My laptop is an Acer Aspire 7551G btw
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I don't think I have anywhere around here I can really test anything out so I have to rely on reviews and input
I play a lot of battlefield 3, some other shooters here and there like Deus Ex and really big into RPG's like the witcher and so forth. I really just play anything that's good.
Music is mostly metal and industrial and classic rock using FLAC.
I've alwyas heard good things about Sennheisers which is why I tunneled there. As I said in my first post, I don't know a lot about this area so I'm not going to be ignorant and will take anything recommended as new information to consider.
I really just want to get going on some good headphones and something to get me better sound for them rather than onboard audio crap.
My laptop is an Acer Aspire 7551G btw

Go listen to open and closed sets of headphones and see which you tend to like more.
Everyone's preferences are a bit different.
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As I said in the post you quoted, I unfortunately don't really have anywhere I can test headphones out. Unless American electronics does...hmmmmmmm. ROAD TRIP

I have Razer Barracuda's which are closed and I like them outside I fell for the gimmicky 5.1 audio with small crappy drivers. Sounds very..uh...solid state like? Not warm at all.

If it helps I have Polk Audio R150's for my home audio for computer if there's anyway to relate that to headphone sound?
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Well I went to guitar center since I was told they have awesome headphones there tried some out and a guy had me try some Sennheiser 280 Pro's and absolutely love them. Listened to some Rush on them and they sounded fantastic.
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