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Improving Headphone Sound Through Laptop

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I have the Beyerdynamic MMX 300 Headphones and want to hear the full potential of these bad boys playing through my Gateway P-7805u FX laptop. Yes they come with a USB converter, but are there other options for better sound? If so what are they?

I'm looking for portable options around the $300 range. I use the headphones mainly for both gaming and listening to music.
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0404 usb?
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What is that?
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A USB DAC if I'm not mistaken.

I'm doing something similar to you right now (using a laptop as a source).

The challenge with laptops is that we don't have many (if any) options for swapping sound cards. This means that the sound card (which is acting as a DAC and an Amp when we plug headphones into it) is the weak link.

In order to bypass this we pretty much have to go to something external. There are a number of different options but the simplest in most cases is to use a USB DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) and then a Headphone Amp. There are cheaper setups where the DAC and Amp are in one package or you can buy each individual competent separately.

I don't have a personal recommendation since I am still researching but I can say that this site is a great source to work with. My suggestion (and what I have done) is to spend hours and hours and hours reading and looking around until something catches my eye.
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