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post #181 of 284
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Originally Posted by lan View Post
DACs that use SPDIF aren't immune to jitter. The Benchmark DAC1 is no exception. Thus the sound of external DACs still vary depending on the transport.
Humans aren't immune to psychoacoustics. This thread is a prime example of it. My god. People are actually believing that the amount of hard drives will change the sound's "edgyness". I've had tens of hard drives at the same time and also done work with pro tools. Sorry guys, no difference.
post #182 of 284
patrick you obviously dont understand computers.


If EMI was affecting your computer enough to cause errors, running prime95 would detect it.


Your constant disregard for reasoning, or even research is pretty bad. It makes it hard to even read your posts.

And when someone tries to point out the errors in your logic, you completely ignore it.
post #183 of 284
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Cool & Quiet only went down to 1000MHz with my AMD 3000+ CPU. I turned it off and manually underclocked to 800MHz @ 0.9625v which is the lowest setting. I heard a huge improvement in smoothness.
...Maybe you should just get an old 25mhz 386?
post #184 of 284
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For a week I have complained of too bright sound, I couldn't find the problem in my system, I thought my system sounded neutral. But the brightness came from somewhere. Then I tried WAV and it was very smooth. When I went back to FLAC it sounded harsh, bright and fatiguing.

I think the problem is that FLAC takes 2-3% CPU power while WAV takes 0%. I'm hearing a similar reduction in resolution as from turning on a 2nd harddrive, except the difference is much smaller.

Too bad I don't have any disk space to convert all my FLACs to WAV.
There's something seriously wrong with this picture - they should be identical.
post #185 of 284
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Originally Posted by maarek99 View Post
Humans aren't immune to psychoacoustics. This thread is a prime example of it. My god. People are actually believing that the amount of hard drives will change the sound's "edgyness". I've had tens of hard drives at the same time and also done work with pro tools. Sorry guys, no difference.
Yes there are many tricks the mind can play. There are some of us more immune to this and/or more sensitive to things around them. I have pretty good audio memory and am in tune with hearing abilities. I'm pretty confident in saying the components in the computer does affect the sound in my experience but since there are too many variables (components), it's impossible to get similar performance even if I recommend doing 1 or 2 things so it's not worth bringing it up.

I don't believe anybody should believe others when it comes to any recommendations, small or large. Hearing is too personal as well as the other senses. That's why my only recommendation is to hear something yourself. If you don't experience the same thing, there is possibility you can't (whether just now or forever) or it is indeed false.
post #186 of 284
i didn't read whole thread, just some posts, so, pardon me if this was already asked -- did you try different players capable of playing flac files?

flac and wav files should be exactly the same when decompressed (flac is a lossless compression algorithm, just like zip, rar, and alike compression algorithms are, unlike mp3 which is a lossy compression algorithm), so, they should be 100% same bit by bit!

the only other possibility, besides potential problem with decoding, is if your flac encoder is problematic somehow... did you try some other flac encoder too?
post #187 of 284
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There is perfect tool for resolving this kind of debates - http://www.libinst.com/Audio%20DiffMaker.htm
With this tool you can record analog output of your PC playing both flac and wave files and then compare recordings
there is another free utility, maybe less complicated to use, that does about the same thing : hear-the-difference.
It's missing the automatic delay calculation but you can compare 3 wav files and direcly hear the differences.
post #188 of 284
Why are people still encouraging this thread?

I think most of us know the answer (it's a bit like watching the movie Titanic).

No point - and nothing left to see (hey, just like the movie ... Titanic).

If Patrick (or anybody else) can hear a difference, then do something about it, or not. Debating the virtue of whether a 3% CPU utilisation will change the music being played in some way will not be objectively resolved easily. You believe or you don't. Power cables anyone?
post #189 of 284
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Why are people still encouraging this thread?

I think most of us know the answer (it's a bit like watching the movie Titanic).
I have one more suggestion: probably the Valhalla cannot play FLACs in a smooth way, so it's time to scale up to the Odin http://newsworld.hifi-prestige.com/?p=54
post #190 of 284
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Originally Posted by fordgtlover View Post
Debating the virtue of whether a 3% CPU utilisation will change the music being played in some way will not be objectively resolved easily. You believe or you don't. Power cables anyone?
Maybe I should have posted this thread in the Cables, Power, Tweaks forum.

If people don't believe in power conditioning for the computer, why would they believe in distortion from extra harddrives?
It is weird that people complain of switching noise from crappy computer power supply, then they don't believe that less watts gives less noise...
post #191 of 284
Patrick, you're currently selling a $2600 CD player and an $1800 amp. Why not take some of the proceeds of that sale and buy some external harddrives and rip all of your music to WAV. Disc storage is relatively cheap these days.

Problem solved.
post #192 of 284
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Originally Posted by fordgtlover View Post
Patrick, you're currently selling a $2600 CD player and an $1800 amp. Why not take some of the proceeds of that sale and buy some external harddrives and rip all of your music to WAV. Disc storage is relatively cheap these days.

Problem solved.
Don’t play music from USB drives and Network
post #193 of 284
Hai guyz... I had dis ship dat sunkzorz. Prolly cuz I had 10 of the 1337est Raptor HDz. All dat inturfurence musta funkdafied my iceberg avoidance systemz.

Herez a pic



*Lame leetspeak off*

Someone please lock this thread. Please, dear god, someone just end this.
post #194 of 284
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post #195 of 284
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Hai guyz... I had dis ship dat sunkzorz. Prolly cuz I had 10 of the 1337est Raptor HDz. All dat inturfurence musta funkdafied my iceberg avoidance systemz.

Herez a pic



*Lame leetspeak off*

Someone please lock this thread. Please, dear god, someone just end this.
This reminds me of my days at the IGN boards
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