My daughter laughed when she found out that I still listen to CDs. I was kind of flabbergasted because my technological experience pretty much began with the 8-track and ended with the CD and I haven't paid much attention to any developments since. So the other day I decided to hookup my laptop to my new home stereo - Swan speakers, SE Gemtunes KT88 integrated. I was all excited to reintroduce music back into my life. I used the headphone output on the laptop with a miniplug to RCA connectors to the input on the amp and fired everything up. What came out was harsh, no low end, not much middle. Well, maybe the amp needs to warm up a little. Maybe the speakers have been dormant too long and need to rebreakin. Nope, neither worked, what came out was still harsh and tinny. OK. So let's try an actual CD from a CD player. It was like switching on a light in a dark room. Everything was there. Highs, lows, middles, detail, the presence I had seen from my little SE amp when I first got it. This is gonna work. I am disappointed that my laptop won't be my music source though. Are headphone outputs that harsh that it can't be used for input into an amp? Anybody run into this before?