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Originally Posted by ninjames View Post

I just think Winamp is an ugly, counter-intuitive player. I'm shallow.

I think Winamp is incredibly simple and minimalistic. I love it...been using it since...well, basiclally for like 10 years.



That's what I have on the bottom right of my desktop screen. That's all I need.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 1/21/13 at 10:37am
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There's a major dip in most people's hearing around 9kHz. It's the quietest frequency below 15kHz aside from the bass. That's probably why so many headphones have a peak right there.

Huh, TIL.

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I just did the sinegen test again just to confirm, and found a bit different "bad spots". It's 7.5khz and 12khz instead of 7.7 and 11.

 

First time i listened i thought it was arround 2~3k and 4~5k, but it really is arround 7 and 12.


Edited by Okamoto - 1/21/13 at 10:39am
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Just equalized it with Electri-q and voilà. No more sibilance(much less, at least).

 

I prefer it without equalization though. I'm afraid it sacrifices some detail, and i'm a detailfag.

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I understand EQing to user preference, but to fix a considerable problem I'm not sure.  I have seen a few mention that they have found EQ settings that have improved sibilance, but there does not seem to be a silver bullet for those who are reporting it.  I have no experience with Foobar or other equalization software.  I'm under the assumption that they actually assuming control of the computer's audio properties, so is it correct that I could use with MOG and youtube?


I have personally given up on Foobar as of a few days ago.  I had some contention using it with the Wasapi driver as I was switching DACs in an out.  I've moved over to Winamp, and as a preference, I'm happier, and my issues have gone away.  

I basically drop the 6 KHz frequency down a bit and problems are solved.  I don't feel that the EQ masks anything, it just controls the response, so that frequency is "tamed."  You can control the amount of reduction that you want.  Usually, just a few dB does it.  Plus, when reducing that frequency down, it only eliminated the sibilants for me, but doesn't remove any of the other sound qualities that I enjoy.

+ 1 A little EQ judiciously applied can almost always help, as no one headphone will do everything everybody wants, especially as everyone has a different set of ears, and different music is mixed/mastered differently.

I've never met a live musician/band, room/speakers, or headphone I couldn't make better to my ears by using EQ. Granted, headphones have less variables than room acoustics to content with, but still benefit to a bit of EQing to get the best sound. I have no problem with worrying about what the 'original' sound was, as this is impossible given what it was mixed/mastered on is not what you will be listening to it through. It's just another way to get closer to that sound nirvana we are all looking for :-)
Edited by sbtruitt - 1/21/13 at 11:12am
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Man Electri-Q is such a hassle for me. It doesn't save and load my custom preset correctly.

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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post


I think Winamp is incredibly simple and minimalistic. I love it...been using it since...well, basiclally for like 10 years.



That's what I have on the bottom right of my desktop screen. That's all I need.

 




Foobar is about 100X better L3000.gif

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Foobar's library management is pretty terrible, so I don't use it for regular listening.

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Man Electri-Q is such a hassle for me. It doesn't save and load my custom preset correctly.


Never had a problem with it here at all.

 

Great program.

 

I just with there was a peak curve type that emphasized more on a specific frequency. Peak II which aparently is the best for me here, is bringing the 8's and 9's a bit down too.


Edited by Okamoto - 1/21/13 at 11:04am
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Foobar is about 100X better L3000.gif

 

I would have preferred to stay on Foobar, but when it started flaking on me, I had to jump ship.  There will be no 100% solution that will suit all of us at the same time.  That is why there are options, which is a good thing.

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Foobar's library management is pretty terrible, so I don't use it for regular listening.


I don't see how the library management is terrible, I have no problem what so ever managing my library (about 10,000 songs). I can get to anything I'm interested in listening to in a second or two without a problem. MediaMonkey, VLC, Winamp, Windows Media Player, Foobar etc. None are really better or worse for media management really, they are all easy to use as soon as you are familiar with using them.

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Foobar is about 100X better L3000.gif

That is WAY too busy for me. I prefer a simple app style window, as I posted. I have foobar, and I don't care for it, at all. At the most, I expand Winamp to show the playlist right under. That's it. I don't care for album cover, description or other such nonsense. I care about the music, play, pause, and skip. That's about it.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 1/21/13 at 11:08am
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Same here, to my ears there seems to be a major dip around 9kHz or so, bracketed by two treble peaks. Could be an artifact of the amp or a ringing peak in disguise though.
There's a major dip in most people's hearing around 9kHz. It's the quietest frequency below 15kHz aside from the bass. That's probably why so many headphones have a peak right there.

Yeah, our ears don't hear the same frequencies proportionately thoughout the audible range:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equal-loudness_contour
There a paragraph on headphones in that which is interesting.
Edited by sbtruitt - 1/21/13 at 11:10am
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Foobar > Your lives

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Originally Posted by chewy4 View Post

Foobar's library management is pretty terrible, so I don't use it for regular listening.

 

What i do is use MusicBee for library management, and foobar for playback. So all my songs are organized in MusicBee, and I simply click on a song and hotkey, which I choose, to launch the song in foobar. Best of both worlds, MusicBee for management, and Foobar for playback.

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