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Ello!

I am not so good when it comes to soundcards.
I have a pair of Siberia V2 Black/Gold-edition(not the USB-version), i think they are OK, i know those aint the best around. smile.gif

However i think the soundlevel is a little to low? If i max the volume in Windows controlpanel and on the phones itself it still seems like the headphones have more to deliver.
It sounds good, not distorted. But pretty low.

So, my thought was, ok they dont get enough power from the onboard soundcard.(Realtek something)
If i get the Soundblaster Z will that amp give my headphones higher soundlevels?

Thanks for your help!
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I had this headset previously. Have you tried plugging them in to any other source whether it be a phone or another computer? I'm just curious as when I had them they were extremely loud, Windows sound would be near 60% and music playing in VLC or Pandora would be around that 30-40% margin.
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I had this headset previously. Have you tried plugging them in to any other source whether it be a phone or another computer? I'm just curious as when I had them they were extremely loud, Windows sound would be near 60% and music playing in VLC or Pandora would be around that 30-40% margin.
I try that.
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I had this headset previously. Have you tried plugging them in to any other source whether it be a phone or another computer? I'm just curious as when I had them they were extremely loud, Windows sound would be near 60% and music playing in VLC or Pandora would be around that 30-40% margin.

Ok i tried that, and yes. You are correct. But its not extremly high, max volume on both S3 and Siberia i find them still very enjoyable and no distortion. They have more to deliver.
Tried other source(Samsung S3) with same song in spotify. And its much better(and louder) with my Samsung S3.

So whats my next step?
I tried the headphone jack on both front and back panel, same.
Edited by Falcy - 11/13/13 at 7:32am
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So reading through the last post, you tried your copy of a song on your computer and phone - and it had the same result of being quieter than anticipated. Then tried Spotify with the same song but their copy and it was louder? Have you tried this on your computer I would assume that it's still going to be something on the computer end - as I'm assuming you've listened to more than one song. We can try that out though and see what happens. I'm trying to think of any options throughout Windows that may have effect sound levels, maybe someone else can chime in with some answers about that.
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So reading through the last post, you tried your copy of a song on your computer and phone - and it had the same result of being quieter than anticipated. Then tried Spotify with the same song but their copy and it was louder? Have you tried this on your computer I would assume that it's still going to be something on the computer end - as I'm assuming you've listened to more than one song. We can try that out though and see what happens. I'm trying to think of any options throughout Windows that may have effect sound levels, maybe someone else can chime in with some answers about that.
Thanks for your reply.

I will clarify,
I use spotify on both PC and phone with same song. Highest possible max volume on both headphone and source(spotify max, windows controlpanel max and on phone max output)

I notice a big difference when using the phone, its much louder and no distortion.
Does the S3 have any kind of amp to power headphones that my realtek doesn't have?

I also tried the latest realtek drivers, and there is no option i can change or increase.
Also tried without drivers, same issue.
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EDIT: NVM, I thought you had the Z already.

The onboard should give enough power to the headphones. Make sure the onboard is set to headphone mode, from what I hear the ALC892 (which you should have) has those kind of settings in the realtek control panel.
Edited by Tiihokatti - 11/13/13 at 8:43am
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