Hi everybody I am a newbie to the scene but I really love music and I wished someone introduced me to Hi-Fi music before! I've done my research, and have landed on the Audio Technica A700's after using the AD700's and and deciding the bass and "oomph" wasn't what I wanted. I have heard many people praise these two sets of headphones so I thought I couldn't go wrong! =D
This is my setup-
I have a Dell XPS 15 with an onboard RealTek sound card. I also bought a Fiio E5 headset amplifier to really bring out the bass as well as mids and highs (to possibly make up for ditching the AD700's).
Also, the XPS line comes with Waves Maxxaudio which I don't have much of a clue on how good this software is, or if its interfering with the sound quality. I should also mention this comes with Andrea's microphone technology, which actually helps with the (tons) of noise I'm getting with my mic. (0 boost, sounds like complete trash with the boost turned up).
The drivers are up-to-date even the bios (which I read can mess things up).
And here lies my problem: NOISE! I can notice hissing sound when I have my volume turned up, but when the song goes quiet, if that makes sense. Also a huge issue is tons of noise when I listen to classical music! For example, Fur elise starts with a very noticable hissing and continues throughout the whole piece. I know the problem lies within the 5-khz to 10-khz range because when I turn those way down in an equalizer it goes away noticeably. And this applies to every version I have listened to, FLAC, youtube, spotify, etc.
I really want to bring the most out of my headphones but I feel like I'm plagued with insufficient hardware or faulty software. Is WAVES interfering with the potential of my headset? Or do I need to get an outboard sound card (suggestions?) Any suggestions are welcome and appreciated! Thanks and this website is amazing!\
PS: I hope I posted in the right section, couldn't find a help section.
Edited by micJaGr - 1/21/12 at 6:17pm