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5.1 Headphone experience *Foobar configuration for all stereo music files*

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As posted on Head-Fi by Graphicism (http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f46/5-...-files-447089/)

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WHAT IS THIS?

This is a Foobar configuration that converts the traditional stereo image into a three-dimensional space utilizing Dolby Headphone. A virtual surround sound is created from the stereo recording, split into 5 channels and delivered from a seemingly directional source, or virtual speaker positioned around your head.

Traditional headphones replicate a stereo image; right and left channel and position you in the middle, some like myself find this fatiguing and flat. The configuration keeps the left and right channels intact and introduces a center and 2 more at the rear for a true 5 channel multi directional sound.




YOU WILL NEED:

Foobar
AC3 decoder
DTS decoder
Dolby Headphone Wrapper
DOLBYHPH.DLL
Channel Mixer

SETUP:

• Close foobar
• Download the Dolby Headphone Wrapper for foobar, place the dll in the components folder.
• Download dolbyhph.dll and for convenience place this in the same components folder.
• Download Channel Mixer for foobar and place the dll in the components folder.
• Start foobar
• Move Dolby Headphone into Active DSPs and configure it to use dolbyhph.dll by linking to its location, leave the settings on DH1 with amplification at 100%.
• Move Channel Mixer into Active DSPs and configure it to use the following settings:
- General: Output channels: 6 / LFE should be unticked / Stereoimage width should be set at 1.00
- Upmix: Center: 1.00 / (Rear) Volume: 2.00 / - Everything else should be set to 0.00
- Profiles: Save profile
• Active DSPs should have Dolby Headphone at the bottom and Channel Mixer second to bottom for the desired sound.




TEST:

• Close foobar
• Download the AC3 decoder for foobar, place the dll in the components folder.
• Download the DTS decoder for foobar, place the dll in the components folder.
• Start foobar
• Move DTS decoder into Active DSPs above Dolby Headphone and Channel Mixer.
• Download 5.1 Surround Test File from lynnemusic.com
• Configure Channel Mixer to use only LR and RR, untick L, C, R
• Play the 5.1 Surround AC3 file, you should only hear the rear channels.
• If the test was successful turn on L, C, R, LR, RR and you're all set!



If you would like to run further tests yourself load up any good recording; Jack Johnson's 'All At Once' on his latest album 'Sleep Through The Static' if setup correctly when the forward channels are turned off Jacks voice will be completely removed from the recording. Play around with your own music, you will see this is replete throughout most stereophonic recordings. This clear separation will allow for much better directional positioning allowing details to shine. Half way through a song remove both Dolby Headphone and Channel Mixer and hear the instant difference; in comparison it will sound flat and lifeless.

Please share your experience, let me know what you think!
Give it a try!

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post #2 of 19
Hmm. Going to check this out when I get some free time.
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Gotta reiterate the order of the DSP's...MUST BE IN THAT SPECIFIC ORDER TO WORK PROPERLY!!!

(top) ---------------------------------------------> (bottom)
DTS Decode --> Channel Mixer --> Dolby Headphone
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Thanks! excellent find, did it and like it. +1 for you
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post #5 of 19
Trying this out with my newly opened JVC HA-RX900s, will post results.

EDIT: pretty cool, guy. Kinda has a weird effect on highs and mids, though.
Edited by HoldYrPistlstr8 - 12/25/09 at 11:55am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by HoldYrPistlstr8 View Post
EDIT: pretty cool, guy. Kinda has a weird effect on highs and mids, though.
Yep. It compresses the dynamic range. I tried it ages ago before it was posted here.
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Originally Posted by chinesekiwi View Post
Yep. It compresses the dynamic range.
I noticed that as well when I tried it before.. though back then I couldn't describe it in so many words lol. I haven't bothered with it since.
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An update, try out the "Free Surround" DSP in place of "Channel Mixer"

http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/...howtopic=52235

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DTS decoder does not appear in my DSP Manager, why could that be?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Use;12777214 
DTS decoder does not appear in my DSP Manager, why could that be?

Have you downloaded it and copied it to the relevant folder? Click the DTS Decoder link in the first post to be taken to the download page.
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