Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Sound Cards and Computer Audio › Help with HD515's.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Help with HD515's.

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Hey everyone. Sorry for all of these noob questions.

So as some may know I recently purchased a pair of HD515's. I realise I am limited by my onboard sound, but how greatly?
I'm not as blown away as I had hoped I would be with these sexy cans. Do my MP3's sound crap because of their kbps rate?

Thanks for your replies everyone

+rep for help
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3970X ASUS X79 Deluxe Gigabyte GTX980 G1. Gaming 8GB Kingston Hyper X Fury 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Crucial BX100 256GB SSD Toshiba 3TB 7200RPM NZXT Kraken X61 Windows 8.1 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
BenQ XL2720Z Corsair K70RGB Cherry MX Reds Silverstone ST1000G NZXT H440 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Steelseries Rival Steelseries QcK+ Sound Blaster ZxR ASUS Xonar DX 
Audio
Monster DNA Pro & V-Moda BoomPro 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3970X ASUS X79 Deluxe Gigabyte GTX980 G1. Gaming 8GB Kingston Hyper X Fury 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Crucial BX100 256GB SSD Toshiba 3TB 7200RPM NZXT Kraken X61 Windows 8.1 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
BenQ XL2720Z Corsair K70RGB Cherry MX Reds Silverstone ST1000G NZXT H440 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Steelseries Rival Steelseries QcK+ Sound Blaster ZxR ASUS Xonar DX 
Audio
Monster DNA Pro & V-Moda BoomPro 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 14
Both the onboard sound and the media bitrate will decrease your sound quality, and sometimes even the media player you use. If you plan to get a decent pair of headphones, you will need a decent sound source to go along with it.
post #3 of 14
I would point fingers at the sound card, not the mp3's. A fairly cheap test would be to find an old cd player (yes, there was a time before mp3 players ), pop a CD in, and give it a listen. If you like what you hear, then I think it's time you got off onboard audio. You can find the xtreme music for reasonable prices usually.
SUPERPWN
(12 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 4670K Asus z87-Pro MSI GTX 1080 Aero 32GB DDR3 Gskill Ripjaws 
Hard DriveOSMonitorMonitor
4TB Seagate Windows 8 x64 Overlord x270 OC HP ZR27 
MonitorKeyboardPowerAudio
Asus PG279Q G-Tune Topre Realforce 800w Yulong D100 DAC with Denon D7000 headphones 
  hide details  
Reply
SUPERPWN
(12 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 4670K Asus z87-Pro MSI GTX 1080 Aero 32GB DDR3 Gskill Ripjaws 
Hard DriveOSMonitorMonitor
4TB Seagate Windows 8 x64 Overlord x270 OC HP ZR27 
MonitorKeyboardPowerAudio
Asus PG279Q G-Tune Topre Realforce 800w Yulong D100 DAC with Denon D7000 headphones 
  hide details  
Reply
post #4 of 14
also, don't ever use 128kbps mp3's. they are horrible!
Main system
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500 Gigabyte H67MA-D2H Nvidia GTX460 Kingston 4GB DDR3 1600 C9 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
1TB Seagate 7200rpm Intel SSD Zalman CNPS10X Windows 7 
MonitorPowerCase
22" Viewsonic VX2250W LED 700w Thermaltake Litepower Antec 300 
  hide details  
Reply
Main system
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500 Gigabyte H67MA-D2H Nvidia GTX460 Kingston 4GB DDR3 1600 C9 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
1TB Seagate 7200rpm Intel SSD Zalman CNPS10X Windows 7 
MonitorPowerCase
22" Viewsonic VX2250W LED 700w Thermaltake Litepower Antec 300 
  hide details  
Reply
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
how about a discman?
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3970X ASUS X79 Deluxe Gigabyte GTX980 G1. Gaming 8GB Kingston Hyper X Fury 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Crucial BX100 256GB SSD Toshiba 3TB 7200RPM NZXT Kraken X61 Windows 8.1 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
BenQ XL2720Z Corsair K70RGB Cherry MX Reds Silverstone ST1000G NZXT H440 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Steelseries Rival Steelseries QcK+ Sound Blaster ZxR ASUS Xonar DX 
Audio
Monster DNA Pro & V-Moda BoomPro 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3970X ASUS X79 Deluxe Gigabyte GTX980 G1. Gaming 8GB Kingston Hyper X Fury 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Crucial BX100 256GB SSD Toshiba 3TB 7200RPM NZXT Kraken X61 Windows 8.1 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
BenQ XL2720Z Corsair K70RGB Cherry MX Reds Silverstone ST1000G NZXT H440 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Steelseries Rival Steelseries QcK+ Sound Blaster ZxR ASUS Xonar DX 
Audio
Monster DNA Pro & V-Moda BoomPro 
  hide details  
Reply
post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 
Guys, I took the whole CD player idea that step further and whacked these bad boys into my Yamaha Home Theater amp. All I can say is WOW! The hell with onboard sound!
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3970X ASUS X79 Deluxe Gigabyte GTX980 G1. Gaming 8GB Kingston Hyper X Fury 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Crucial BX100 256GB SSD Toshiba 3TB 7200RPM NZXT Kraken X61 Windows 8.1 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
BenQ XL2720Z Corsair K70RGB Cherry MX Reds Silverstone ST1000G NZXT H440 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Steelseries Rival Steelseries QcK+ Sound Blaster ZxR ASUS Xonar DX 
Audio
Monster DNA Pro & V-Moda BoomPro 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3970X ASUS X79 Deluxe Gigabyte GTX980 G1. Gaming 8GB Kingston Hyper X Fury 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Crucial BX100 256GB SSD Toshiba 3TB 7200RPM NZXT Kraken X61 Windows 8.1 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
BenQ XL2720Z Corsair K70RGB Cherry MX Reds Silverstone ST1000G NZXT H440 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Steelseries Rival Steelseries QcK+ Sound Blaster ZxR ASUS Xonar DX 
Audio
Monster DNA Pro & V-Moda BoomPro 
  hide details  
Reply
post #7 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by p0isonapple View Post
Guys, I took the whole CD player idea that step further and whacked these bad boys into my Yamaha Home Theater amp. All I can say is WOW! The hell with onboard sound!
I thought you would like it . Onboard sound really is that bad, but you need to hear it for yourself to really realize what you're missing.
SUPERPWN
(12 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 4670K Asus z87-Pro MSI GTX 1080 Aero 32GB DDR3 Gskill Ripjaws 
Hard DriveOSMonitorMonitor
4TB Seagate Windows 8 x64 Overlord x270 OC HP ZR27 
MonitorKeyboardPowerAudio
Asus PG279Q G-Tune Topre Realforce 800w Yulong D100 DAC with Denon D7000 headphones 
  hide details  
Reply
SUPERPWN
(12 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 4670K Asus z87-Pro MSI GTX 1080 Aero 32GB DDR3 Gskill Ripjaws 
Hard DriveOSMonitorMonitor
4TB Seagate Windows 8 x64 Overlord x270 OC HP ZR27 
MonitorKeyboardPowerAudio
Asus PG279Q G-Tune Topre Realforce 800w Yulong D100 DAC with Denon D7000 headphones 
  hide details  
Reply
post #8 of 14
yay another convert

for some budget soundcards here are my suggestions:

X-Fi Extremegamer is a good budget sound card, I personally just upgraded from mine.

or the Asus Xonar D2 is another great choice.

you may be able to find either previously used, for sale on ebay or the forums for less...
SR2 PWNS J00
(22 items)
 
SL4V3
(16 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2x intel Xeon X5650 @ 4Ghz Evga SR-2 SLi Evga GTX480s 18GB G.SKill Pi 1600 DDR3 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
60GB Vertex 3 2TB Western Digital Black 2TB External HDD (USB 2) 22x Sata Bluray/DVD Multi Drive 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Hardware Labs GTX 360 Radiator EK Supreme HF Copper Danger Den GTX480 Waterblock All Copper Natemandoo SR-2 Solid Copper Waterblock 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Iwaki RD-30 D5 with DCThermo Top Windows 7 Ultimate 3x 24" LG LCDs (16:9) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Ducky Shine MX-Cherry Black Mechanical Keyboard... 1500W Silver stone Strider Mountain Mods Extended Ascension Horizon Razer Mamba 2012 (wired) 
Mouse PadAudio
Razer XactMat Asus Xonar SXT 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
intel Q6600 ASUS P5K-E Wifi AMD HD Radeon 6990 4GBs G.skill HZs 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
OCZ vertex 2 LG 22x combo drive Cooler Master hyper 212+ Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
LG FLATRON L1933TR LG FLATRON L1933TR Logitech G15 rev. 1 Silverstone Decathlon 750W modular PSU 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Thermaltake Armor with 250mm side fan Logitech 2000dpi USB mouse Steel series QcK+ Auzentech X-Fi prelude 
  hide details  
Reply
SR2 PWNS J00
(22 items)
 
SL4V3
(16 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2x intel Xeon X5650 @ 4Ghz Evga SR-2 SLi Evga GTX480s 18GB G.SKill Pi 1600 DDR3 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
60GB Vertex 3 2TB Western Digital Black 2TB External HDD (USB 2) 22x Sata Bluray/DVD Multi Drive 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Hardware Labs GTX 360 Radiator EK Supreme HF Copper Danger Den GTX480 Waterblock All Copper Natemandoo SR-2 Solid Copper Waterblock 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Iwaki RD-30 D5 with DCThermo Top Windows 7 Ultimate 3x 24" LG LCDs (16:9) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Ducky Shine MX-Cherry Black Mechanical Keyboard... 1500W Silver stone Strider Mountain Mods Extended Ascension Horizon Razer Mamba 2012 (wired) 
Mouse PadAudio
Razer XactMat Asus Xonar SXT 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
intel Q6600 ASUS P5K-E Wifi AMD HD Radeon 6990 4GBs G.skill HZs 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
OCZ vertex 2 LG 22x combo drive Cooler Master hyper 212+ Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
LG FLATRON L1933TR LG FLATRON L1933TR Logitech G15 rev. 1 Silverstone Decathlon 750W modular PSU 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Thermaltake Armor with 250mm side fan Logitech 2000dpi USB mouse Steel series QcK+ Auzentech X-Fi prelude 
  hide details  
Reply
post #9 of 14
AuzenTech is supposed to be a really good company. A lot of people like their X-Fi Prelude from them, but that is $180.

They make this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829156006

It is more of a budget model, and seems to get good ratings.
Edited by Semper Fidelis - 7/7/08 at 2:34am
post #10 of 14
A new soundcard will most certaintly help, but it may not solve all of your problems. The Sennheiser HD series headphones are made for producing exact sounds, so they do not have any of the noise filters contained in some others. This is not a problem as long as you have high quality audio files. I have an X-Fi xtrememusic and HD555's and I can hear some noise in 256mpbs files (and a lot in lower bit rate files).
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500k  ASRock Z75 Pro3 4870 Crossfire (825/1100) CF G.Skill RipJaws 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital AAKS Corsair Force 3 Asus Blu-Ray TRUE 120 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8 RTM x64 LG 22" + Dell 19" Logitech Classic 200 CM Real Power Pro 750w 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Thermaltake Armor Razer Diamondback 3G Steelpad S&S Creative X-Fi XtremeMusic 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500k  ASRock Z75 Pro3 4870 Crossfire (825/1100) CF G.Skill RipJaws 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital AAKS Corsair Force 3 Asus Blu-Ray TRUE 120 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8 RTM x64 LG 22" + Dell 19" Logitech Classic 200 CM Real Power Pro 750w 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Thermaltake Armor Razer Diamondback 3G Steelpad S&S Creative X-Fi XtremeMusic 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Sound Cards and Computer Audio
Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Sound Cards and Computer Audio › Help with HD515's.