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Is there a program to improve the sound quality from a laptop?

post #1 of 24
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If I plug good speakers into my laptop's headphone jack, and play songs from iTunes, is there a program that can improve the sound quality?
post #2 of 24
Ther are programs that claim to.....however in my opinion, none work, they color the sound, but don't improve it. I have seen people try many things to help, a dac/amp is surely your best route, and can be had for under a hundred dollars, or an external soundcard via usb, but the dac/amp is just a little more, and will be just as portable, if that's a concern.
post #3 of 24
Thread Starter 
hmm, well not a big deal because I don't do it that often, but thanks anyway!

What about from an iPod? Any way to improve to sound coming through speakers or headphones? Which EQ should I use?
post #4 of 24
1) Read signature
2) Think logically, how can software ever "improve" hardware?
post #5 of 24
Nice one FallenAngel but I would say it like this to be complete

Nothing can ever "increase sound quality", you may only choose to lessen degration or color the sound to your liking.

If you haven't heard it yourself, please refrain from telling others what it sounds like.



The second line should be emphasized more around here... If people talk only from theory then it should be made clear that it is not from experience. Also people should state "from what Ive read" everytime they talk about the sound quality of something they havent heard. This would be a much more enlightening place if that were the case. Even better if people can write who they read their opinions from so that the readers can directly PM the one that originally wrote something about a product.
post #6 of 24
If you are trying to improve the sound comming out of your laptop's headphone jack you need to bypass the onboard sound card with one of these Echo Digital Audio Corporation or with a good USB DAC.
post #7 of 24
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by FallenAngel View Post
1) Read signature
2) Think logically, how can software ever "improve" hardware?
I don't know a lot about this stuff that's why I'm asking; it's nothing to do with not thinking 'logically'.
post #8 of 24
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Originally Posted by FallenAngel View Post
1) Read signature
2) Think logically, how can software ever "improve" hardware?
Video card drivers do that all the time!

Kinda.

post #9 of 24
How about Amarra Computer Music Player?
Integrates with iTunes and is said to improve (or better maintain) the sound quality.
post #10 of 24
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Video card drivers do that all the time!

Kinda.

Lol, more like "Updated video card drivers fix bugs in the original software that were holding the hardware back, usually while breaking other things" Check out my signature!
post #11 of 24
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Originally Posted by Kpalsm View Post
Lol, more like "Updated video card drivers fix bugs in the original software that were holding the hardware back, usually while breaking other things" Check out my signature!
I too, have been stuck using ATI's drivers. I even did it willingly the second time. My new laptop was just too good to let Catalyst stop it.
post #12 of 24
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Originally Posted by DayoftheGreek View Post
I too, have been stuck using ATI's drivers. I even did it willingly the second time. My new laptop was just too good to let Catalyst stop it.
On a laptop as well, but mine is over 2 years old. It's an HD 2600. Pretty weak by today's standards. Powerful weak
post #13 of 24
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Originally Posted by FallenAngel View Post
1) Read signature
2) Think logically, how can software ever "improve" hardware?
Well, audio restoration comes to mind first.
Then it's lots of vst plugins like the Waves bundles (Audio Software | WAVES) or the Sony / Oxford ones (http://www.sonnoxplugins.com) that do the job that can't be done (quite expensive though).
Lots of examples on how software improves hardware. From cars, to video interpolation, from microwave ovens to ICBMs, it's quite common for software to improve hardware.

However "better" is quite different for you and me. For example I find my Stax electrets to be lacking in bass (not my idea, they are truly lacking in bass), so for me a waves maxbass (Waves | Plug-ins | MaxxBass) is heaven. For you however it might be total cr@p (it's not, it's actually better than most hardware eqs).

You should try before you decide anything. Your ears are a far better judge to what you may like than mine or anyone elses. Besides, you can try lots of free software and unfortunately, no free hardware...
post #14 of 24
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Originally Posted by donunus View Post
Nice one FallenAngel but I would say it like this to be complete

Nothing can ever "increase sound quality", you may only choose to lessen degration or color the sound to your liking.

If you haven't heard it yourself, please refrain from telling others what it sounds like.



The second line should be emphasized more around here... If people talk only from theory then it should be made clear that it is not from experience. Also people should state "from what Ive read" everytime they talk about the sound quality of something they havent heard. This would be a much more enlightening place if that were the case. Even better if people can write who they read their opinions from so that the readers can directly PM the one that originally wrote something about a product.
Congratulations, all these ********s sticked up in one post,
post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by Melanter View Post
If I plug good speakers into my laptop's headphone jack, and play songs from iTunes, is there a program that can improve the sound quality?


Asio4all + NI Traktor BeatPort SYNC ... both listed in my sig (you need to google the Traktor player because it's taken OFF from NI and Beatport for some reason I don't know).

Install the driver and player and set the player use ASIO.

(if you have std. AC'97 audio controller in your laptop then you could try Lex's native ASIO driver as well (check the compatibility liste there).

jiitee
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