After months of lurking around in this forum to read as much as I can on headphones/DAC/Amps, I finally made a full investment on an HD650 and hope that it will serve me well further along the road (versus the original choice of HD595). I received the headphones today. And to be honest, I was not very satisfied. I played a 320kps mp3 from my desktop and the sound quality is nothing close to significant. It is just slightly better than my $80 Bose earphones, and has a lot to be desired when compared to my Logitech 2.1 speakers. May be it's the bass punch that I was looking for, perhaps? Another thing I notice is that I had to turn the volume to almost 98% to get it to my comfortable hearing level. Is this because of my Asus P5k Deluxe on-board soundcard? I know everybody would tell me that I need a good source and right equipment, that's why I also bought the Essence STX along with this headphones, but it hasn't arrived yet. I'm not an expert or who you would considered "audiophiles" (that's why I joined this community to learn), but from my first impression this isn't very satisfying....Do you think the soundcard will boost this headphone up a little or at least increase the max volume margin by a bit?
Edited by PhiQuanTu - 1/4/11 at 4:29pm