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post #16 of 596
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Originally Posted by Graphicism View Post
I had this working with WASAPI in vista however since upgrading to win 7 I haven't got WASAPI to work as yet, giving me some incompatibility issues...

Yes the different between this and standalone Dolby Headphone is quite vast, if you aren't getting enough volume from the center channel simply turn it up; I now have mine on 1.25 although I'm sure it differs between headphones. As mentioned in my test above; try turning off the front channels to understand what you are hearing from the rear then introduce and tweak the forward channels as necessary.
Yeah, I'm using Windows 7 which was running fine with WASAPI before adding dolbyhph.dll, Channel Mixer, and AC3 Decoder (i'm thinking maybe it has something to do with the Channel Mixer, but not certain). I'll try turning up the center channel. Thanks again, this sound great!
post #17 of 596
Set this up on my computer at work also with Win 7 which is actually working great. I have it set to 16 bit data output using USB out to an iBasso D10, where as at home with Win 7 I usually use 24 bit data output with optical out to the D10.

Other than that those are the only major differences that I can think of off the bat. Oh well, hopefully someone can come along and point out a fix. In the meantime I don't mind using ASIO at home.

By the way, one other thing I noticed about your DH process is that I don't have to turn up the volume nearly as loud as before. Not sure if that's everyone's experience but the detail I was straining to hear at higher volumes is now right in my ear.

Every now and then in this hobby I hear something that takes the music to a whole new level and blows my mind a little bit. This is one of those times. I really think this thread should be getting a lot more attention than its gotten so far.
post #18 of 596
Totally agree, I can't even go back to listening in stock stereo, it just sounds so boxed in!
post #19 of 596
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Your data output should be 16-bit for stereophonic recordings, there are a few threads around here that will explain all that.

Yeah after my little rant on soundstage being affected more by software than the hardware/headphones themselves I am extremely pleased with the setup and also cannot go back to stock stereo. No doubt a lot of peeps will just dismiss this as coloring the music before even trying it, I for one am against EQing so I can see where they're coming from. I'm sure as more people find and use this particular setup it will catch on, we'll see!
post #20 of 596
X-Fi has this option for gaming. You can select DTS cinema or music to convert stereo sources to surround. Just fyi. it works for gaming.
post #21 of 596
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X-Fi has this option for gaming. You can select DTS cinema or music to convert stereo sources to surround. Just fyi. it works for gaming.
I've heard that and it's completely different, very chamber like... at least I think so. What I like about this is the ability to play any stereophonic audio track almost as if it were a 5.1 recording from a 5.1 surround sound setup. While I prefer this for electronic music it works just as well with classical and acoustic, you can practically turn off instruments and just listen to the signing and vice versa.
post #22 of 596
Just for gaming mate. Not saying it should be used for music b/c it does sound weird for that.

I am going to try this for music asap btw. Need some sq improvement.
post #23 of 596
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Originally Posted by Graphicism View Post
Your data output should be 16-bit for stereophonic recordings, there are a few threads around here that will explain all that.
Oh Ok. I'll have to do a search. Thanks.

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Yeah after my little rant on soundstage being affected more by software than the hardware/headphones themselves I am extremely pleased with the setup and also cannot go back to stock stereo. No doubt a lot of peeps will just dismiss this as coloring the music before even trying it, I for one am against EQing so I can see where they're coming from. I'm sure as more people find and use this particular setup it will catch on, we'll see!
Yeah true. Hopefully people are open-minded enough to give it a shot at least.
post #24 of 596
You know, something else wonderful about this setup is listening to early stereo albums. The Beatles remastered stereo albums with the instruments on one side and vocals on the other can be sort of irritating to listen to through headphones. The DH combo described here makes for a far more natural listening experience. Sorry for raving, but I'm really happy with how this sounds.
post #25 of 596
Holy crap! I just tried this and it's amazing! I can't ever go back to normal.
post #26 of 596
Doesn't this only add effect for .ac3 files?
post #27 of 596
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Originally Posted by adrift View Post
You know, something else wonderful about this setup is listening to early stereo albums. The Beatles remastered stereo albums with the instruments on one side and vocals on the other can be sort of irritating to listen to through headphones. The DH combo described here makes for a far more natural listening experience. Sorry for raving, but I'm really happy with how this sounds.
I know exactly what you mean, I've been going through a lot of my older music all over again and I'm stoked with the sound, rave away!

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Holy crap! I just tried this and it's amazing! I can't ever go back to normal.


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Doesn't this only add effect for .ac3 files?
No it works for stereophonic files, it splits the channel and creates a 5 speaker presence.
post #28 of 596
Holy balls. This is nuts. I seriously can't believe how amazing this is. I'm not a huge fan of foobar, though...but I will only use it now, just because of this. Maybe skinning foobar might help me like it more.
post #29 of 596
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Holy balls. This is nuts. I seriously can't believe how amazing this is. I'm not a huge fan of foobar, though...but I will only use it now, just because of this. Maybe skinning foobar might help me like it more.
Another one!

Hey foobar is awesome, very customizable... here's mine:
And many others here: Foobar 2000 Screenshot Thread

post #30 of 596
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Hey foobar is awesome, very customizable... here's mine:
And many others here: Foobar 2000 Screenshot Thread
Oh, wow. There are some pretty cool skins. I might try to find some plugins and crap, than.

And I highly recommend this to everyone! Especially if you listen to very layered music like Animal Collective. I recommend Animal Collective to anyone who does this! It's truly amazing.
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