Originally Posted by bowei006
.... I see you have an E10 which you are probably using for the Sennheisers..why not just plug that in. I have Q701's and no normal computer can provide enough power to adequately fuel those so why even both plugging it direclty in?
Plug your E10 into the envy.
Otherwise check in sound options. Go to the windows start menu. Type "sound" into the search box. Wait a bit, and then click the one that JUST SAYS "sound".
Right click on the current green check boxed selection and click properties. See an enhancement section? Go there. See if you can disable Beats.
I don't have the E10 anymore. I guess I should update my list.
It may seem difficult to believe, but there was only a negligible difference between its sound quality and that of just plugging my HD650 directly into the Dell. So, I thought it better to get a refund and put that money toward a better DAC/amp for which the difference is noticeable. I'm just confronted with circumstances that keep pushing a DAC/amp further and further down my list of priorities.
I've tried disabling Beats and the sound then seems to pretty much vanish. As far as the HP is concerned, it appears as I though I'm stuck with abundant artificial bass and treble with Beats activated or the sound of pennies rattling in a tin can with Beats deactivated, at least until I can throw down some money for a proper DAC/amp.
I do appreciate the suggestions, though. My knowledge of computers is limited, so I'm always open to the unknown. (I have no choice, really, as that realm is easily much, much larger than the one in which I actually know what I'm doing.)
EDIT: Aha! The culprit was actually Windows' "Sound Enhancements," which I've disabled and found acceptable sound. That is, acceptable until a much better solution is viable.
Edited by dysthanasiac - 5/2/12 at 12:12am