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I can tell the difference easily between bad and good audio, but not good and better.


My headset supports 24bit, 192 KHz (w/e that means)


Any examples out there?
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Bass won't be overpowering, you will feel it more than hear it with good bass. Voices etc will be crystal clear but not shrill.

What headset are you using? I'd recommend a cheap soundcard to improve overall audio quality.

To get 24bit/96khz, you need to set that in windows (control panel > sound > speakers/headphones > properties > advanced)

Best to set it for inputs/outputs for best effect.

If you get a good soundcard you can also re-enable hardware accelerated audio for games.
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Originally Posted by linkin93 View Post
To get 24bit/96khz, you need to set that in windows (control panel > sound > speakers/headphones > properties > advanced)
You also need a source that is 24bit/96KHz - if you play a normal music file which is 16/44.1 then all you'll be doing is upscaling it to 24/96 which doesn't do much at all.

You need music files that were recorded at 24/96 such as SACD or Vinyl rips.

What's your setup OP? It'll be next to impossible to notice certain things because of the limitation of some hardware - if you have a £1000 audio system but use £10 headphones, it's going to sound rubbish.
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If you have a 16/44.1 CD and you set Windows to output at 24/192, all it does is pad out the file with blank data. Makes no difference to quality. Like tuDJ said, vinyl rips or SACD is your best source for very high quality music.
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Headset is Zalman ZM-RS6F 5.1.
Using onboard audio (Realtek)

Watching this and I can notice a difference. Good news?

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Headset is Zalman ZM-RS6F 5.1.
Using onboard audio (Realtek)

Watching this and I can notice a difference. Good news?
I've not watched it but I will say that using Youtube as a benchmark isn't a good idea - the quality is generally bad and it's never 'good'.

You're limited by your hardware, in the grand scheme of things your headphones are low end when it comes to music, the same goes for onboard sound as a source.

Are you unhappy with your sound at the moment and just curious about higher quality or are you actually looking to upgrade? You don't need to spend loads to get decent quality, if you spent about $100 on a sound card and about the same again on a pair of headphones you would have a nice upgrade in sound.

EDIT:

I've just listened to the video and I must say that I think it's a fake, it seems the change between the MP3 and FLAC has been exaggerated massively. It's not even possible to have 1400kbps audio on a normal youtube video so it must be a fake.
Edited by TUDJ - 12/30/10 at 5:09am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by kora04 View Post
Headset is Zalman ZM-RS6F 5.1.
Using onboard audio (Realtek)

Watching this and I can notice a difference. Good news?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gA_tUCnmry4
No offense, but Zalman headphones is crap. That youtube video is also a poor example.

In reality it is very hard to tell the difference between a quality ripped mp3 (lossy) vs lossless.

If you really plan on using your PC to listen to high fidelity music, I recommend spending money on a Asus Xonar Essence ST/STX, it's not the best but it's a start.
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Just curious.

Been seeing lots of threads about high end headsets, and I think mp3 sounds fine.

Looking to expand my knowledge of audio, and stop flaming who buys $300 earbuds.
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A decent DAC can reveal your source.
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