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Help: Sennheiser HD 515 Gaming, less than convincing Sound?

post #1 of 13
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Hello guys,

today i went down to my local electronics super store, and stumbeled on a pair of 515 Gaming headset, which was on sale for £25. which was too good to turn down.

Being a gammer, i really wanted this headphone for a long time, but would never spend £75 on it. so when i saw the price tag, i just bought it without thinking.

I brought it home, connected it to my Zune 80 and listened to a few songs. i have to say, it's the worst sound i have ever heard through a full sized headphone. it has improved obviously, but after 3-4 hours of music and 40 mins of pink noise, it has become clearer but the sound still lacks that warm signature of sennheiser headphones.

i tried to play games using it, it was impossible, the sound was awefull. played call of duty mw 2 for 10 mins and i got a headache. it's not natrual, very muddy, no bass, distorted ....

after checking some of the specs, i see that the impediance is 50 ohms. so i dont know if that contributes to the aweful sound im getting.

i am 100% sure it's not a fake and my gear is fine. any advice?

+ if there is a cheap but good enough amp, please introduce me to it if at all possible.

thanks
post #2 of 13
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help? anyone?
post #3 of 13
sennheisers shouldnt sound that bad and its not likely to have been broken, but it could be a fake, no way to tell unless we get pics and compare to the real one.

It could also be a speakers factor. Try plugging directly into the computers headphone jack, hopefully it has one. My altec lansing speakers sound totally different and less powerful than direct connect with my pc.

I game right now with JVCHAS700s in MW2 for the pc. They work just fine, but its hard to pinpoint people. Mw2 ftw
post #4 of 13
FWIR, the HD515 is supposed to be that awful so.. sorry for your purchase.
post #5 of 13
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well, like i said, they are 100% genuine, because i bought it from a super store and it was the last one, so they put a sale on it.

i left it on pink noise last night, approx 12 hours, i must say, it sounds much much much better now, and when i push the speakers closer to my ear, the sound inproves a lot. but for gaming sounds, it's still not convincing, but for music, it's amazing, the sound staging is like nothing i've heard before. probably needs more burning in.
post #6 of 13
Sometimes, with gaming, the recorded audio is not great. Battlefield Bad Company 2 pushes its re-design of the audio architecture. If you can, try playing that! Also, amps usually seem to help the cause- I'm using a porto amp right now.
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by -=Resonant_Rebel=- View Post
Sometimes, with gaming, the recorded audio is not great. Battlefield Bad Company 2 pushes its re-design of the audio architecture. If you can, try playing that! Also, amps usually seem to help the cause- I'm using a porto amp right now.
i have played bf: bc2, but not with the 515's. i will definatly play it with the 515's.

the thing that i find strange is that the closer i push the cans towars my ear, the better the quality gets. and after 20 hours of pink noise, i must say it's a different headphone all together! hopefully it keeps on improving...
post #8 of 13
To be honest, the HD515s are rather overpriced at the usual price. Sennheiser slapping 'gaming' on the label and charging extra just smacks of cynicism. Let's not forget - a few months ago HD555s could be had for £50 and Goldring DR150s for £30.

Having said that, £25 isn't bad. Hope they continue to improve.
post #9 of 13
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yes i agree. the gaming badge is just a badge, and a shiny gril. i also bought the cx 500 gaming on sale, which turned out to be the same as the normal cx500.

but it has improved a lot.
post #10 of 13
If you're running them through your stock onboard soundcard, that contributes too. Although, even imporiving your audio source wont improve the HD515's much.
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by Ninkul View Post
If you're running them through your stock onboard soundcard, that contributes too. Although, even imporiving your audio source wont improve the HD515's much.
no i have a dedicated sound card sound blaster audiogy something. i know it aint that good, but much better than on board cards
post #12 of 13
Actually - some on-board cards are roughly on par with Audigys these days. It tends to be just on higher end motherboards though.
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by ear8dmg View Post
Actually - some on-board cards are roughly on par with Audigys these days. It tends to be just on higher end motherboards though.
well i use my zune 80 for the burning in process. i leave it on pink noise at %75 vol for hours. i just use it while im on my pc.
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