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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

Hi guys,

 

 

So I'm still a newbie on this here forum and as a result my knowledge is rather, er...well almost non-existent. 

 

I'm running my AT ATH-Pro 700mk2 ANV straight from my Dell XPS 14z (not a very good purchase I must say... but that's beside the point!). 

 

I'm just wondering how I can get the most out of my computer before I invest in an entry level dac/amp combo. I'm thinking the Yulong U100 or the Matrix Cube. 

 

All of my music is in iTunes

20% of it is apple lossless. I am in the process of 'acquiring' more. 

The rest is 320 (except for one album that is 256, but that's only until I can get a physical copy). 

When listening I use the only headphone jack on the computer

I have the volume on full in iTunes and alter the listening volume by changing the actual "computer volume". 

 

 

Using the above I have noticed a slight hiss in some (not all) of the 320k and 256k songs. I have not thoroughly listened to the lossless files at this stage so I cannot comment. The hiss I hear is not blatantly obvious, but it is definitely there. It's like when you hear it you can never un-hear it and you'll notice it for every future listen. 

 

Note: I had suspected it might be due to the way I have my volume. Playing around with it there was no difference. However, my ears are still new to this so perhaps there was a difference and I was unable to pick up on it. 

 

And that's far too much rambling from me. So, getting to the point: Is there any way for me to optimise my current listening experience (taking into account I am trying to source lossless to replace the 320kbs songs I have ATM) while I wait to order an amp/dac combo? Programs, settings, drivers? 

 

Any help is greatly appreciated dt880smile.png

 

Karl

 

 

P.S. I hope this is in the right sub-forum. If not, could a mod please move it for me? Cheers!

post #2 of 16

First of all you need to ensure where's the hiss coming from. Try to listen to both the compressed and lossless versions. My guess is that its the recording itself. If your PC adds noise it'll do so on all tracks, not some.

post #3 of 16

I'm interested in the same thing.

 

If you haven't already done so, you can tweak some options in iTunes, Quicktime and the system sounds. This includes matching all bitrates and turning of all sound enhancements.

post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 

Sorry to bump this thread but......

 

 

I'm still hearing the hiss. I have just spent $60AUD on CDs (albums of which I only had 320 or ~256). Ripped them (apple lossless....) but it's still quite noticeable. 

 

 

Now, I've started enjoying classical (noob here) so I got some FLAC of Vivaldi. Particularly Four Seaons... No hiss (to my ears?) through VLC media player. Could be the cans? Check my profile. 

 

Note: I do have Foobar (if that changes anyting) but I just cannot STAND the controls. I'll have to learn, I guess. Can't say I've spent enough time with the program to determine if the hiss is is from iTunes (apple lossless) or the file itself....

 

 

 

Note: Finished my exams so currently a few beers deep. I hope the above is coherent..

post #5 of 16

I don't know that I can help you much here, but I have one thing to add. Apple lossless has never sounded good to me. Several months ago, I re-ripped my entire cd collection to Apple lossless in itunes to have higher quality on my ipod. I didn't like it all. I sounded wonky to me from ipod to hp's and from ipod to car stereo. I didn't really listen for hiss is particular but the sound was not right. 

 

I ended up doing a rockbox on my ipod and transferred all my music to it in flac and now it sounds great!!

post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 

Sorry, but what is a rockbox?

 

I appreciate the feedback MattTCG. 

 

Trouble is, I just cannot understand why the same track has hissing from iTunes yet when I play it from VLC there is no hiss????

post #7 of 16
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Sorry, but what is a rockbox?

 

I appreciate the feedback MattTCG. 

 

Trouble is, I just cannot understand why the same track has hissing from iTunes yet when I play it from VLC there is no hiss????


Maybe try updating your codecs and ensure you're using WASAPI for the primary sound device


Edited by brunk - 6/20/12 at 10:08am
post #8 of 16
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Maybe try updating your codecs and ensure you're using WASAPI for the primary sound device

 

Per previous posts: I apologize for knowing pretty much nowt..

 

Could you elaborate please, brunk?

 

 

Cheers, 

 

Karl. 

 

 

 

 

P.S MattTCG - PM your way. 

post #9 of 16
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Per previous posts: I apologize for knowing pretty much nowt..

 

Could you elaborate please, brunk?

 

 

Cheers, 

 

Karl. 

 

 

 

 

P.S MattTCG - PM your way. 


1) Update iTunes/QuickTime as per usual.

2) Open QuickTime

3) Go to Edit>Preferences>QuickTime Preferences...

4) Click on Audio Tab

5) "Play Audio Using" Enable "Windows Audio Session"

6) Press "Apply" Press "OK"

7) Test your media playback

 

Hope that helps :)

post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by kjf123 View Post

 

Per previous posts: I apologize for knowing pretty much nowt..

 

Could you elaborate please, brunk?

 

 

Cheers, 

 

Karl. 

 

 

 

 

P.S MattTCG - PM your way. 

 

 

Give J. river a try - it has a free 30 day trial and I find it one of the best out there for audiophiles:

 

http://www.jriver.com/index.html

 

And the support site is great as well:

 

http://yabb.jriver.com/interact/index.php?board=23.0

post #11 of 16
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Give J. river a try - it has a free 30 day trial and I find it one of the best out there for audiophiles:

 

http://www.jriver.com/index.html

 

And the support site is great as well:

 

http://yabb.jriver.com/interact/index.php?board=23.0


+1 on the JRiver. Only if it had a more robust server like Plex, that would be all I use.

post #12 of 16
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+1 on the JRiver. Only if it had a more robust server like Plex, that would be all I use.

 

 

For video right?  It still knocks the socks of Plex.  I'm a former Plex user.  It can't come close to Red October (MadVR)

post #13 of 16
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For video right?  It still knocks the socks of Plex.  I'm a former Plex user.  It can't come close to Red October (MadVR)


Oh yea, video quality, JRiver hands down (Red October HD rules!). There may still be a way to manually setup MadVR and have Plex benefit though. It's the multi-platform and internet/3G streaming and transcoding (across internet --no bitrate control) it's lacking. Watching John Carter streaming through your iPhone to your In-Dash screen will boggle people eek.gif Same with all my ALAC access... tasty for the  15" in the trunk biggrin.gif


Edited by brunk - 6/29/12 at 9:23pm
post #14 of 16
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Oh yea, video quality, JRiver hands down (Red October HD rules!). There may still be a way to manually setup MadVR and have Plex benefit though. It's the multi-platform and internet/3G streaming and transcoding (across internet --no bitrate control) it's lacking. Watching John Carter streaming through your iPhone to your In-Dash screen will boggle people eek.gif Same with all my ALAC access... tasty for the  15" in the trunk biggrin.gif

 

 

Yeah, I know - They're working on it though.  Visit the site and read some threads to get a feel for the way they're going.

post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

 

 

Yeah, I know - They're working on it though.  Visit the site and read some threads to get a feel for the way they're going.


Will do, thanks.

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