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So I just picked up a pair of ATH-M50's, and I'm in love with the quality so far. They work very well with my phone and recording equipment, however they do not seem to be working with my laptop. Depending on the music that is playing through my computer, the headphones can sound anywhere from distorted audio (low sampling rate?) or even almost underwater (lots of bloops and fuzzing). There is clearly something wrong with my soundcard trying to reject the headphones, or something like that.

My setup is an ASUS N53SV-EH72 with built in ASUS SonicMaster soundcard (as well as Realtek HD Audio Manager). All drivers have been updated and the problem still exists. Upon using earlier [and much, much lower quality headphones] the sound quality was fine.

I'm really distraught at this situation, as I've called up both Audio-Technica and ASUS and neither have been able to help me.

Do any of you have any suggestions for me?
Thanks much!
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Yeah, laptop audio SUCKS is the problem and your headphones are making you aware of that.
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Yeah, laptop audio SUCKS is the problem and your headphones are making you aware of that.

Laptop Audio isnt that bad , My Dell XPS ( The best thing about this laptop is the Audio) Isnt bad , and any of my past laptops havent had problems , if it really bothers you look into a USB sound card something from creative.
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I probably should have clarified, but the thing is my laptop sounds perfectly fine when it's plugged into normal speakers or other headphones. It's only this specific pair of headphones that it has problems with. Any other audio device sounds fine.

The same goes for the headphones, the computer is the only thing that is causing distortion.

Is there some way that I can maybe disable any interference with the sound engines while I use the headphones, or something like that? I am stumped as to why this is the only time that I get this terrible distortion. It's almost like some layers of the track are boosted, and some are very very quiet, and some are barely even distinguishable.
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Yeah, laptop audio SUCKS is the problem and your headphones are making you aware of that.

Laptop Audio isnt that bad , My Dell XPS ( The best thing about this laptop is the Audio) Isnt bad , and any of my past laptops havent had problems , if it really bothers you look into a USB sound card something from creative.
Not bad compared to WHAT? Compared to.....I ..I don't know. Pretty much everything in existence is better than laptop onboard audio. It's pretty much the least common denominator. I think maybe the audio quality on children's toys are inferior...so yes...in comparison to that it is quite an improvement..yes.....yes...

A USB Soundcard from Creative is a terrible idea.

Creative does not do USB audio devices well. Money can be spent in much better ways...unless your goal is gaming...and it doesn't sound like that is his prerogative.
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I probably should have clarified, but the thing is my laptop sounds perfectly fine when it's plugged into normal speakers or other headphones. It's only this specific pair of headphones that it has problems with. Any other audio device sounds fine.

The same goes for the headphones, the computer is the only thing that is causing distortion.

Is there some way that I can maybe disable any interference with the sound engines while I use the headphones, or something like that? I am stumped as to why this is the only time that I get this terrible distortion. It's almost like some layers of the track are boosted, and some are very very quiet, and some are barely even distinguishable.

I'm still not throwing the on board sound out as the issue, BUT if you use WASAPI you'll be able to cut out all unnecessary noises that may possibly interfere with the audio short of EMI. Give it a try. (found in the options of Foobar2k, Media Monkey and other popular/GOOD music players.
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post #6 of 14
Well Simca, apparently you have not tried the Creative X-FI HD USB. It is quite a good sounding card. It's only shortcomings are that it has no option for 16 bit, 44.1 kHz playback, nor hardware ASIO drivers.

It also games very very well.

I can hazard a guess that you might respond that the poster should buy a real DAC etc, but those can not game worth a crap.
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Well Simca, apparently you have not tried the Creative X-FI HD USB. It is quite a good sounding card. It's only shortcomings are that it has no option for 16 bit, 44.1 kHz playback, nor hardware ASIO drivers.

It also games very very well.

I can hazard a guess that you might respond that the poster should buy a real DAC etc, but those can not game worth a crap.

Have you tried the Titanium HD...Non USB?

Because it's leagues better.
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post #8 of 14
absolutely. I have the Titanium HD in my primary machine. I used the X-FI HD USB for my laptop.
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absolutely. I have the Titanium HD in my primary machine. I used the X-FI HD USB for my laptop.

And if you can't hear the difference between them then you should get rid of both of them.
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post #10 of 14
As always, your post is dismissive and destructive.

I am always sorry to be in a discussion with you. When you respond to somebody in a practical rather than a condescending manner, I will know that it is safe to read the rest of you post.
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