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Vocals on ATH-M50's either very quiet or block out actual music

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Hi All,

I just bought a pair of ATH-M50's, and for some reason they did fine when listening to my MP3 player, but when I tried to use them on my laptop, there was some weirdness. On both Spotify and Youtube, the vocals either were so quiet behind the music that I could barely hear them, or played over the music so that I could barely hear the music. Why would that happen? Thanks!

post #2 of 10
probably bad dac/amp inside the laptop. the same thing happens with my motherboard.
my solution was to buy an external dac/amp, or turn up the volume a lot louder than it should be.
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When I turn up the volume, the vocals stay quiet/loud in relation to the music.

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Originally Posted by TheAtomicGoose View Post

When I turn up the volume, the vocals stay quiet/loud in relation to the music.

Make sure the audio itself is not low quality?
post #5 of 10
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Spotify/Youtube have always worked fine for me in the past.

post #6 of 10

Because they work fine with your MP3 player I don't think the problem is with your headphones.

 

On the laptop side, I would check the sound settings to make sure that the sound is not getting unintentionally 

equalized.  That's my first guess.

 

Also in your PC music player software itself, check to make sure that no equalization settings are being applied.

 

If all of that checks out, then maybe it is the sound card... which is possible but I think pretty rare, based on my

experience.

post #7 of 10
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What would EQ settings look like? I'm on Linux, and I also don't know much about sound equipment.

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What would EQ settings look like? I'm on Linux, and I also don't know much about sound equipment.
look on the right of your task bar. there should be a megaphone picture or whatever. find the sound settings and there's your EQ
http://eugenesklyar.com/realtek-hd-audio-no-sound-front-panel
Here's a random image i found on google.
make sure the sound effects are off too
post #9 of 10
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For some reason if I don't plug in the headphones all the way it works. If I leave a couple millimeters outside of the jack, they work perfectly. Why would that be?

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For some reason if I don't plug in the headphones all the way it works. If I leave a couple millimeters outside of the jack, they work perfectly. Why would that be?
possibly a faulty/damaged audio port since you didn't have that problem with the mp3 player. i suggest trying other laptops or whatever to make sure. if it is faulty then you can just get a usb dac or an external sound card. or if you don't mind leaving it like then it's whatever
Edited by bobby12 - 8/8/14 at 9:06pm
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