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we need to know budget, etc. also what are you wanting to do with it?

then we can help give you the best bang for the buck options...

for under 300 you can have a killer set up..

what headphones/speakers are you using?
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Was going to PM this, but you sig makes sense here.

One's audio "life's journey" includes many stopping off places based on what you can currently afford and/or what you ears can currently appreciate. I'm sure you'll eventually get way past "it just needs to be a slight improvement."

 

Perhaps over the next few years I will upgrade past having a sound card and go with the better options. Right now though, this is where I'm at.

 

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we need to know budget, etc. also what are you wanting to do with it?

then we can help give you the best bang for the buck options...

for under 300 you can have a killer set up..

what headphones/speakers are you using?

 

I don't want this to cost me any extra money. All I'm really trying to find out is if Winamp is reducing the audio quality. If so, then I would like to find a media player that has less of a negative impact on the audio quality than Winamp. The less the better. I paid almost $170 for my Titanium HD not more than about a month ago, so I'm not going to spend money on anything else right now. Besides, I can't afford jack you-know-what until at least June or July. Even then, I'll still be saying, "But I just spent nearly $170 on my sound card. I'm not going to make that become a waste of money". Yeah, ok, I could sell it, but I would need to spend the money first to replace the sound and  THEN sell it to get some of my money back, but I can't afford that.

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switch to foobar, but what headphones/speakers are you using? there's a lot of variables here that could be causing you issues. your soundcard is probably fine (external DAC has value but it sounds like you don't want to go in that direction, totally understood) and it is a nice one
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switch to foobar, but what headphones/speakers are you using? there's a lot of variables here that could be causing you issues. your soundcard is probably fine (external DAC has value but it sounds like you don't want to go in that direction, totally understood) and it is a nice one

 

Sig rig.

 

Altec VS4121 2.1 speaker system, no headphones.

 

The "issue" I'm having has nothing to do with my speakers. It's software. I know this because when I switched from Entertainment Mode to Audio Creation Mode (bit-matched playback enabled, Master Sampling Rate matched to 44.1 kHz), I had a huge improvement. It sounded like I went from using a compressor to NOT using one. However, a few minutes into the song revealed that there was still a SLIGHT amount of compression, as though I was still using a compressor but just turned it WAAAAY down to like the most minimal setting.

 

So, I began thinking that maybe it has to do with my media player. Maybe Winamp is still compressing the audio a little bit. Maybe there's a media player that naturally results in a purer audio quality. Maybe Winamp isn't as good as I think it is. Or, maybe this is just the way it has to be. I don't know. That's why I'm asking.

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foobar foobar foobar

http://www.foobar2000.org/ smile.gif

it's the best.
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foobar foobar foobar

http://www.foobar2000.org/ smile.gif

it's the best.

Matched with the Channel Matrix plugin, I have stereo over 5.1. biggrin.gif
    
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Matched with the Channel Matrix plugin, I have stereo over 5.1. biggrin.gif

the dolby headphone plugin with the channel mixer gives virtual dolby surround sound for free... great DSP. i also like the "bass exciter" dsp


on topic:
bang for the buck wise, i would have said... upgrade speakers/headphones first (your sigrig says you're using 40 dollar speakers with a 150 dollar soundcard... you'd be considerably better off if the reverse was the case). the digital sound you;re hearing could be interference, are you plugged into the front or back jack? foobar is considerably better than winamp
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the dolby headphone plugin with the channel mixer gives virtual dolby surround sound for free... great DSP. i also like the "bass exciter" dsp


on topic:
bang for the buck wise, i would have said... upgrade speakers/headphones first (your sigrig says you're using 40 dollar speakers with a 150 dollar soundcard... you'd be considerably better off if the reverse was the case). the digital sound you;re hearing could be interference, are you plugged into the front or back jack? foobar is considerably better than winamp

 

The back, of course. RCA.

 

How can this be my speakers if switching from Entertainment Mode to Audio Creation Mode made a big difference?

 

I'll try Foobar the next chance I get to be loud in here. :)

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post #19 of 86
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The back, of course. RCA.

How can this be my speakers if switching from Entertainment Mode to Audio Creation Mode made a big difference?

I'll try Foobar the next chance I get to be loud in here. smile.gif

i'm not saying its your speakers (i doubt its your speakers), just in general you'll get the most SQ bang for the buck from speakers/headphone purchase over a soundcard/DAC. just general advice, not specific to this issue... (although admittedly, i use a cheap speaker setup)

foobar will hopefully fix the issue, otherwise i'd try to clean the drivers up, use driver sweeper, and then reinstall...
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i'm not saying its your speakers (i doubt its your speakers), just in general you'll get the most SQ bang for the buck from speakers/headphone purchase over a soundcard/DAC. just general advice, not specific to this issue... (although admittedly, i use a cheap speaker setup)

foobar will hopefully fix the issue, otherwise i'd try to clean the drivers up, use driver sweeper, and then reinstall...

 

The audio quality I'm getting from these speakers though is damn good. I think you guys would be impressed.

 

I'll try Foobar the next chance I get to be loud in here though. If that results in no discernible sound that sounds like I'm using a compressor, then cool. I thought about setting the volume in both Windows and Winamp to 100%, but then I'd have to lean forward to adjust the volume. It's not exactly a convenient setup for using my speaker's volume knob and so I never use it.

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