or Connect
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Help and Getting Started › Introductions, Help and Recommendations › Help please! Problems using Audio-Technica ATH-M50S with desktop PC.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Help please! Problems using Audio-Technica ATH-M50S with desktop PC.

post #1 of 2
Thread Starter 

Could really use the help. Please feel free to offer any insight or advice, thank you in advance.

I just bought the Audio-Technica ATH-M50S (straight cable version), and while it sounds great with my iPod, I'm having some major difficulties using them with my computer. My desktop is fairly new and I haven't had any problems with any other headphones or the pair of IEMs I use so I'm totally at a loss.

1) The headphones won't work with the front jack on my PC. If I wiggle the plug around into a slightly angled position it works perfectly momentarily but loses connection when I let go of it.

2) The jack at the back of my computer works with the M50S but the volume is very quiet. At 100% volume it's decently loud but still nowhere near what it should be. There is also a bit of degraded sound quality when compared to when I listen to them with my iPod. While voices sound clear, I can hear distortions in synths and beats in some songs. I'm wondering if this is because the jack isn't plugged in properly or at least not registering properly?

Are the headphones just incompatible with the jack ports on my desktop or onboard sound card? Why would they be incompatible if so? Would getting something like a jack extension cable (if such a thing exists) be a solution? Or should I get a dac amp like the Fiio E6? So confused as to why my other headphones work fine with my computer and the M50S works fine with my iPod.
 

post #2 of 2

Having a pair of M50's myself the jack in the front is probably more likely the problem compared to the headphone connector.  As for the jack in the back being to quiet perhaps you can dig around in the audio section on your PC and find the volume controls.  The M50 is super easy to drive and unless the headphone jack you are plugged into is some other type of jack ( make sure it is not something else ) then there should be a volume control for it.

 

The degraded sound is most likely caused by the DAC in your portable being better than the DAC and noisy components in your PC.  This is not uncommon and is the reason why so many of us go to an external DAC for PC listening.

 

You can always try to find a 90 degree 1/8 inch to 1/8 inch extension cable and see if that helps.

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Help and Getting Started › Introductions, Help and Recommendations › Help please! Problems using Audio-Technica ATH-M50S with desktop PC.