Originally Posted by coylemj
Are you sure that's not the placebo effect - it should sound better so it does!
The audiophiles will be disappointed that you weren't blown away by the difference....
Hmmm . . . so you've stereotyped (pardon the pun
) me as an audiophile then ? Interesting conclusion but the fact is I have a technical background having trained in audio/video equipment in Kevin Street for 4 years and have worked in this area for the past 15 years.
I place no credence in the "spend more get better" syndrome. I don't condone fancy cables or high cost inter-connects. I do however understand distortion, SNR and the effects noise has on analogue signals. Most people (no offense meant) don't understand or hear these artifacts but when they are offered a comparison in real life they do actually recognise the difference. They most likely don't fully understand why but they are able to discern a difference that they can quantify. So by belittling my comment and the opinion of the OP you don't gain anything creditability wise.
Someone else mentioned the shortcomings of laptop audio systems (moving windows about onscreen causes audible affects in the audio output), this is common with high density circuit boards such as those found in laptops, noise and distortion can and do happen !
Anyway, the point is that the OP now has a digital connection to his amplifier which - in theory - should be superior to the headphone output and all its shortcomings - mismatched impedance, High SNR, poor THD and poor frequency range. All technical terms, measurable and quantifiable in real numbers unlike much of the audiophile mumbojumbo one hears