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How to improve my laptop's sound quality?

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Hey guys, I'm currently at college and only have access to my laptop and its mediocre onboard audio. I have a pair of Sennheiser HD 555s, and they don't sound nearly as nice as they do on my desktop. I'm looking for recommendations on what I can do to get improved audio quality. A number of people have suggested external DACs, so what do you guys recommend? Are there any other methods to get improved quality? Budget is ~$100 US (more if necessary).
 
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Hey guys, I'm currently at college and only have access to my laptop and its mediocre onboard audio. I have a pair of Sennheiser HD 555s, and they don't sound nearly as nice as they do on my desktop. I'm guessing I should get an amp, but I have no idea where to even start or even if that's what I should get :eek:. Some help would be greatly appreciated! Budget is ~$100 US (more if necessary).
An amp would only make the crappiness louder :)

Any idea what's in your laptop for a sound proccesor? There may just be a software/driver solution to the crappiness you're hearing...

Other than that, you might want to consider an external USB sound card...
 
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An amp would only make the crappiness louder :)

Any idea what's in your laptop for a sound proccesor? There may just be a software/driver solution to the crappiness you're hearing...

Other than that, you might want to consider an external USB sound card...
It's not that the sound quality is terrible, it's just more that I miss the clarity, if you will, of my asus essence STX that is in my desktop. I'm just wandering if there are any solutions to having better audio quality on my laptop. You mentioned the possibility of a external sound card, what do you recommend?
 
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OK, thanks guys for the recommendations so far. Anyone else have any input on the matter?
 
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HD555 is a bit warm in tonality

i can suggest you some good DAC/AMP combo

for 100USD you can get the Nuforce uDAC2/uDAC, FiiO E10,

for a bit more cash, you can get the Audinst HUD-MX1, its about 150-180USD, but the it will improve your HD555 even more