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Just bought a pair of ATH-m50s, sounds terrible on my pc

post #1 of 10
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I just received my pair of m50s (after much research and deliberation) to use for gaming/music on my pc (in conjunction with a standalone mic still in the mail). However when I plug my m50 into my laptop jack the sound is incredibly distorted, popping, or altogether missing. I plugged in my ear-buds and they work just fine with my pc. I tried plugging the m50s into other sources like my android phone and they,too, work just fine. The only issue is with the m50s and laptop connection. Also, I can get them to *sort of* work if I move the jack around a little while it's plugged in, but this is far from useful as it is still distorted. I was thinking that the female jack from the sound card may be damaged/not configured correctly - but if so wouldn't my ear-buds not work as well?

I've read that the m50s shouldn't need an amp so I'm trying to avoid paying even more if at all possible to have them work on my laptop.

Specs for my laptop: Asus ROG g74sx-a1 w/ realtek HD audio

I've tried looking everywhere for a solution and have yet to find anything concrete that doesn't involve purchasing external hardware/ changing out the sound card (which I'm not even sure I can do, since it's integrated into the motherboard). Any help would be greatly appreciated!

post #2 of 10

Tried both jacks on front and the back?

post #3 of 10
Hmm. One cheap thing to try is to get a short 1/8" male-female extension cable and use that to connect the 'phones to your laptop. I have seen situations where the plug and the jack are simply not a good fit. The jack might be slightly stretched and/or the plug might be slightly undersized, and they aren't mating correctly. Using a different plug/jack might work fine.
post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
There isn't a jack in the back, it's a laptop. That may be the issue, I'll try later today with an extension and see if it works.
post #5 of 10

It's for sure a bad connection or something like that. 

post #6 of 10
You are plugging the headphones into a jack on the laptop, correct? That's the jack I'm talking about. By "different plug/jack" I meant pairing the laptop jack with the extension plug and the extension jack with the headphone plug. That combination might work better - or not...
post #7 of 10

The M50s definitely don't need amping. Are you certain they aren't fakes?

post #8 of 10
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I just received my pair of m50s (after much research and deliberation) to use for gaming/music on my pc (in conjunction with a standalone mic still in the mail). However when I plug my m50 into my laptop jack the sound is incredibly distorted, popping, or altogether missing. I plugged in my ear-buds and they work just fine with my pc. I tried plugging the m50s into other sources like my android phone and they,too, work just fine. The only issue is with the m50s and laptop connection. Also, I can get them to *sort of* work if I move the jack around a little while it's plugged in, but this is far from useful as it is still distorted. I was thinking that the female jack from the sound card may be damaged/not configured correctly - but if so wouldn't my ear-buds not work as well?

I've read that the m50s shouldn't need an amp so I'm trying to avoid paying even more if at all possible to have them work on my laptop.

Specs for my laptop: Asus ROG g74sx-a1 w/ realtek HD audio

I've tried looking everywhere for a solution and have yet to find anything concrete that doesn't involve purchasing external hardware/ changing out the sound card (which I'm not even sure I can do, since it's integrated into the motherboard). Any help would be greatly appreciated!

 

How do they sound on the android?

post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 

Solved it! Turns out it was just the female end having issues connecting properly. I used a short adapter and everything sounds amazing now :) 

They sound great on my android too! Thanks everyone!

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