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PSP too muddy, to amp or not to amp?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

I use my PSP as my portable music player, and I use Sennheiser HD438s.
The sound coming from my PSP is very different from the sound coming from my laptop.

The PSP makes the music sound so squashed and muddled, while the music from the laptop

is clearer and has more separation.

 

Will an amplifier change this?

post #2 of 15

depends on the psp, if you can not bypass the internal amp on the psp, then an amp will not do anything for you. Although if you had the extra money getting an amp for your laptop and trying it on the psp wouldn't hurt atsmile.gif

post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 

Ah no can do =O

 

I need a portable amp for outdoor purposes. Currently the sound on the PSP is really soft, and everything's muddy and squashed together, there's not much clarity and detail, like there is when playing from my Acer laptop.

 

So I thought maybe if I got an amp, I could raise the max volume and improve on the bass, mids and stuff. Buying a dac would probably prove useless, since usually the fine details that emerge will be drowned out by the sound of the train. The sound already sounds phenomenal on my laptop, I'm not sure getting a desktop amp/new soundcard/dac would even improve it, lol.

 

Not looking to get a high-end pricey amp, I'm probably getting the PA2V2.

 

P.S How does one bypass an internal amp.

 

post #4 of 15

Buying something like a sansa clip plus would be money better spent then trying to amp the psp.  Also what bit rate are the files in?  All you'll do with a better source is reveal how crap the files are.

post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 

I can't play FLAC on PSP but I do have a couple of flac ripped albums.

iirc, most of the songs are 400kpbs or bps (the highest AAC encoder can go).

 

I guess the best way to go about improving the sound is to buy a new music player,

but I'm really not into buying these things. For starters, I change my songs a lot, and

I barely keep more than 100 songs in my psp at once so dedicating money to a player

wouldn't be money well spent.

 

I was hoping that buying an amp will improve the sound on my psp, phone and if possible,

my laptop. It's more flexible that way, since I don't have to stick to 1 DAP.

 

So how do I bypass an internal amp ? normal_smile%20.gif

 

post #6 of 15

with an ipod you simply connect a LOD cable and you are all set for external amplification, but I don't have a psp so I do not know

post #7 of 15

as far as I know you cant do that in a PSP, closest would be send Audio/video to a TV of audio component with the 'PSP Component AV cable' but I believe it gets the audio from the same headphone jack.

post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 

So pairing a PSP with any amp/dac will not change the sound quality?

 

Anyone knows if an amp works with a Motorola android phone or an acer laptop, without any external cables,

LODs or extra bypassing stuff?

post #9 of 15

Amp will work with anything you can plug it in, but usually going from internal amp to another amp is not good. I do that with my Zune and find little difference in using something to bypass it, but the difference is there I can hear it.

 

what AMP are you thinking of? maybe a DAC+AMP combo, that you could use out of a USB in the laptop

post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 

I was looking at a cheaper one, the PA2V2. The FiiO E7 is almost as expensive (if not more) as my Sennheiser HD438s.

I don't think a DAC will make too much of a noticeable/audible difference for outdoor listening... right? What can an amp do to the sound quality

coming from a mediocre DAP (psp) out to a low-impedance headphone?

post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 

So just to get this straight, connecting an external amp to my psp/laptop, and to my headphones isn't going

to change the sound much, since I can't bypass the internal amp?

 

reply asap ty :s

post #12 of 15

I don't know how the internal amp on a laptop is bypassed either (without usb), but a nuforce icon mobile could be something that is going to help.

 

http://www.nuforce.com/hp/products/Iconmobile/index.php

 

sorry that I can't help you further triportsad.gif

post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 

=s

 

Its k.

Nuforce is over my budget for now.

I'm a student with a tight pocket =D

 

I'm just going to buy the PA2v2 and test it out.

post #14 of 15
I've owned all the models of psp, including the pspGo, and no amp will make a difference. Get a clip+ and save your money on an amp - it won't make any difference, except make the muddiness LOUDER.
post #15 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by nywytboy68 View Post

I've owned all the models of psp, including the pspGo, and no amp will make a difference. Get a clip+ and save your money on an amp - it won't make any difference, except make the muddiness LOUDER.


yes.

 

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