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Relatively inexpensive headphones that work well on a laptop soundcard and are good for watching...

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Budget - less than $150
 
Source - Laptop soundcard. Realtek high defintion audio, whatever that is.
 
Requirements for Isolation - I live in my own flat, and that's where I will mostly use them.
 
Preferred Type of Headphone - Full sized are fine.
 
Preferred tonal balance - Well balanced is preferred.
 
Past headphones - Koss PortaPro, they're too weak.
 
Preferred Music - Various genres. Classical, alt rock, post rock, hip hop etc... What I don't listen to is: metal, jazz and dance/trance/techno music.
 
So I want to buy decent headphones that are good for video games, movies and music that work well on a laptop soundcard. I don't want to buy an amp or DAC because it will be too expensive for me and I am not really an audiophile (all though my music collection is mostly 320kbp/s or FLAC).
 
Thanks!
post #2 of 7

If the sound quality from your notebook sucks, then a headphone amp/dac  is a good idea. My built in pc sound sucks, so I use a Fiio E10 headphone amp/DAC with my pc. It is only around $62 on Amazon.  

 

http://www.amazon.com/electronics/dp/B005VO7LG6

 

As for headphones, even the $25 JVC HAS400 sounds quite good with great detail.

 

http://www.amazon.com/JVC-HAS400B-Nanotube-Headband-Headphones/dp/B008P8EXRU/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1375439761&sr=1-1&keywords=HAS400

post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 

The laptop comes with JBL speakers the sound quality is definitely good for laptop speakers. I also have Logitech Z323 speakers and they are good too, no noise or hissing sounds if I connect them to the laptop.

post #4 of 7

Gemini HSR-1000 (Takstar Pro 80) closed headphones.

Currently sells on eBay for $50.

post #5 of 7

If the koss is seaming weak its your sound output that cant drive them. You have two options, get a sensitive iem and tweak the onboard sound or go all out and get a DAC-amp so you can drive them properlly. 

I would consider getting some jvc marshmellows for the former and the fiio combo with the koss for the latter.

just my 0.02

post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 

Weak in bass IIRC. I haven't used them in a while. What do you guys think of the HD558?

post #7 of 7

Do you want an open headphone? The HD558 would be very nice for classical music, but if your emphasis is on bass you might not be so thrilled with it. I have had a few open circumaural Sennheiser headphones over the years.

 

 

Don't be deceived by the low price of the JVC HAS400 headphone. It really has great sound quality. Search the forums for it and see how many here rave about it.

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