The OP of this thread started that thread about 2.5 years ago.
I bought grado's entry level headphone sr60.They sound OK.But here is the deal...when listening to them on a laptop or pc, I couldn't even differentiate a lossless source from a low quality mp3.I thought the problem was either with my untrained ears or with headphones that were not able to resolve subtleties...But, now I believe it was neither, but lack of proper sound card or DAC.
Can it be done with mp3 files...or will you guys tell me that lossy is crime against humanity.
Many thanks in advance, and apologies for possibly repetitive nature of my questions. But there was no practical way to go through the thousands of pages here...
Here is a useful thread for you:Bad ears or bad hardware? Please help
But here is the deal...when listening to them on a laptop or pc, I couldn't even differentiate a lossless source from a low quality mp3.I thought the problem was either with my untrained ears or with headphones that were not able to resolve subtleties...
Do you think, it's time to throw away mp3s and grado's 70 dollar headphones and start anew?
Will my system significantly improve by adding a headphone integrated amp DAC?
Dvddoug, are you telling me an onboard 5 year old sound card vs a modern DAC will produce pretty much the same sound quality?
I actually disagree with Doug on this one: it's possible for a different DAC/headphone amplifier combination to yield an 'improvement', where any 'improvement' is mostly of a quantitative nature. That said, it's possible for that such a measurable difference may be audible. Without more information about the hardware in question, it's difficult to determine whether there may be an audible difference which you may subjectively perceive to be an improvement.On this end of the scale, though, we'd probably be splitting hairs. Typical on-board audio solutions that existed five years ago tended not to be bad solutions and most would be classified as "adequate".
What exactly do you mean by "low quality"? Audio quality is about how it *sounds* to the person listening, not about the number of kilobits per second.
There must surely be something between 5000 dollar systems and cheapo motherboard integrated sound cards?
(maybe this thread is making more sense now? I hope so..thank you again)
but I get feeling of squeezed sound when all parties play together...
So Ron, you are telling me I will get more volume..but hardly anything more?
I want spacious sound...to feel that I am in a concert hall..I don't want the orchestra to play in my ear
I want spacious sound...to feel that I am in a concert hall..I don't want the orchestra to play in my ear, if you know what I mean?
Of course, better gear will also help if your current setup is audibly lacking or broken in some aspects: my laptop isn't loud enough, and my E7 is having bad contact problems with both headphones jacks
Real contact problems as in "I have to turn the plug several times to clean off oxidation" or rather intermittency (which would point to broken solder joints)?