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Headphones sound rubbish in laptop today


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#1
Used my computer after work to listen to music with headphones in and it sounds rubbish, bearable but rubbish. I have Sennheiser headphones that usually sound fantastic, they still do sound fantastic on my phone listening to the same song on Spotify.

Anyway, tried Spotify and YouTube and the music just sounds rubbish, kind of flat and no bass. Tried using the audio adjustments and it's not really made a difference. It was fine this morning.

The laptop's built in speakers sound as bad as usual, better than the headphones though which isn't right at all.

Really am stumped as to why this has happened.
 

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fireberd

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#2
Assuming nothing has happened to the hardware from the last time you used it, if you have a System Restore point that is when it did work, try restoring the PC back to that date and see what happens.
 

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#4
"Magic". LOL. At least its corrected.
 

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CountMike

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#5
"Magic". LOL. At least its corrected.
It's not really "magic", audio drivers like most other are known to "crack" every now and than because of some program that messes around with settings and some other program may just restart a driver and go back to default settings.
 

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#6
countmike, don't take my statement serious. But, it is a common response in the US when something mysteriously fixes itself.
 

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countmike, don't take my statement serious. But, it is a common response in the US when something mysteriously fixes itself.
I know, so is here and Canada too but I just offered possible explanation, other than "somehow it fixed itself".
 

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#8
Thanks for the explanation, I prefer the idea of magic, HP laptop = Harry Potter laptop?

I will remember that so I don't start sulking if it happens again.
 

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#9
Had the same issue todayv when pluggin in to stereo from headphone jack, so i had to pop in my external usb soundcard
Just flat sound, no bass at all
 

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#10
I've realised it does it after it's been plugged into the TV via HDMI.
Everytime I use the headphones after it sounds terrible.

I can fix it by just disabling the sound device and then enabling it again. But, as you'd expect I don't want to have to keep doing this.

Any suggestions on how to stop it happening in future.
 

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System One

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    Windows 8.1