Although MadVR is suppose to be higher quality, it doesn't have dxva so interlaced material looks worse. And that screenshot, the VLC looks better....bottom just looks brightened. This is looking at it from a calibrated monitor.
1. Update audio card drivers.
2. Set audio card and windows playback/record sampling rate to be the same. Most people use 44.100Hz because majority of music is 44.100Hz so that there is no upsampling. Any loss in sound quality from upsampling is up to you to decide, personally I don't notice a difference using 96 or 192Hz. If your sound card dynamically changes sampling rate then you don't need to worry.
3. Turn off everything that affects sound such as equalizers, presets, environment effects, virtual surround etc on sound card.
4. Use Foobar or Winamp and use their respective ASIO or WASAPI plugins. I personally use foobar + asio like you.
5. Use replay gain by album to offset asio and wasapis loudness, make sure its by album to preserve quiet songs otherwise you will make all songs equal loudness.
6. Now you are listening to music how it was intended to be. From here you can start messing with the equalizer in foobar to suit your tastes. When using an equalizer, always lower/cut values, never boost them or else your music will clip and once done click auto level. Because you listen to electronic music, you might want to cut the 77hz and 110hz because the x-530 have really poor bass when cranked up http://forum.lowyat.net/topic/1775892Edited by amvnz - 7/23/11 at 10:59pm