I scoured the internet but could not for the life of me find anything that even remotely resembles my question. Thus, if you know of a thread that has what I'm looking for, please inspire me.
A little background: I have been producing/mixing hip hop music for about 5 years now, so I am no stranger to hifi audio, just not from the headphone side of the spectrum. I recently bought the VMODA Crossfade M100 (which are incredible and I could not be happier with them).
The two devices I have been listening on are my 2009 model macbook pro, and my iPhone 4s, and I've had some rather inconsistant experiences. My iPhone seems to drive these headphones much better than my computer, which makes no sense to me. Spotify and the default music app on my iPhone are shattering my hearing (in a good way), but my mac seems to be a little quieter. I only listen to FLAC files on my computer so the issue is not the source material; which brings me to my question. Why is my iPhone driving these headphones better than my Macbook? Unless I'm missing something, it seems like it should be the other way around.
There are only two possibilities I can think of.
1.) The iPhone adds gain automatically at a certain point within the volume limit, which wouldn't really surprise me. I've never noticed any distortion when I have the volume high, but then again I listen to Spotify a lot which is 320kbps (at best).
2.) The other thing I am curious about is whether my computer battery could affect the total output power to my cans. I've had this computer for a while now, and simply put, the battery is f****d.
I'm hoping somebody has some insight into my problem, or at least knows somebody who I could PM or contact directly.
Edited by protoolz - 7/24/14 at 8:02pm