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post #586 of 2269
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YKYAAW it's finals week at U, but you're more concerned with what equipment you want to buy next.

it's 2pm, you should have been in bead an hour ago but NOPE you gatta listen to your newly modded cans... b4 u go to work at 10pm <.< 

post #587 of 2269

I'm probably a late to the music tagging convo, but have been using beets (no, not everyone's favourite headphones, rather - http://beets.radbox.org/) to sort everything all out. Don't really need the detailed stuff like bpm, and I have way too much to shift through, so being easily scriptable is a plus.

post #588 of 2269

lololol so I just unknowingly downloaded my first 24/192 flac file.... Trying to find Hans Zimmer's "The End" and I feel silly for having a 24 bit audio file now, especially because my e7 (yeah I know e7/e9 is meh) doesn't play it back with wasapi biggrin.gif  

 

do you guys think that "High res" audio is a joke unless you have sr009s or $1,000,000 speakers in a room that was built specifically for them?  It has benefits for mixing I'm sure but I don't think I'll be missing anything with HD600s or hopefully LCD 2s in the distant future.


Edited by linglingjr - 8/9/13 at 10:48pm
post #589 of 2269

Well, if you have anything that can play that file, try downsampling it to 16/44 and then A-B both versions to see if you can tell the difference. If a guy with $1M worth of equipment claims he can hear a difference, and you on your $$$ equipment cannot, let him have fun, and watch him squirm, lash out at you, and/or hastily change the subject when you ask him to prove it. very_evil_smiley.gif

 

However, it needs to be said that bit depth, at least, has nothing to do with sound quality. All it does is define the maximum dynamic range of the signal. Virtually no material (I have to say virtually because of course I can't prove a negative) will ever saturate the dynamic range of even 16-bit, so you don't need to worry about bit depth. 24-bit recordings aren't going to sound "more dynamic" than 16-bit ones unless they're a different mix to the 16-bit ones (which would be a pretty dishonest thing for a label to do). Similarly, dynamics will not be compressed if you downmix a 24-bit project to 16-bit. I've done it numerous times with stuff I've personally recorded (24/96) and have never heard any difference between the two, and I'd probably be in the best position to judge. The main advantage of 24-bit is a lower noise floor, which becomes important if you're mastering a dense, multitracked mix--noise stacks up the more tracks you add.

 

As far as sample rate goes, once again, I've never heard a difference. Some people claim they can. Let others hash that one out. 44.1kHz is good enough for me, and I can hear up to at least 18k (around the area where stereo 44.1kHz starts to break down) and my main headphone has very good treble extension, so hearing range and equipment bandwidth certainly aren't the issue.

 

EDIT: Using proper terminology always enhances credibility. "Downmix" and "downsample" means specific things, and for some reason I used them interchangeably.


Edited by Argyris - 8/9/13 at 11:53pm
post #590 of 2269

Heck  I can hear the difference between a 16/44 and a 24/96 file on my Grado RS180is... Its not a joke, it's a real thing.

post #591 of 2269

It probably depends on the equipment being used as it would change how the DAC uses its built-in filter on the data. If the stock filter isn't that great, a high-res file might sound better. That's what I reckon anyway. 

 

Yesterday I had a sad audiophile experience: When I decided to compare 4 DACs in "real world" conditions, that is, without power filtering and all that, I couldn't find any normal power cables to use! Only audiophile ones. I'm not sure whether it was better or worse that I could at least find three of the same brand and type! redface.gif

post #592 of 2269

YKYAA when you take out your PX100 to get in a quick fix while you pump gas happy_face1.gif

post #593 of 2269
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Originally Posted by AHorseNamedJeff View Post

Heck  I can hear the difference between a 16/44 and a 24/96 file on my Grado RS180is... Its not a joke, it's a real thing.

Let's assume your right and think about it like this,

 

16bit isd 100% enjoyable, 24bit is 105% enjoyable

 

do I want 10 24bits at 105% enjoyment or 100 16bits at 100% enjoyment... ;3 I'll take that -5% drop in quality for uhh more music! 

post #594 of 2269
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Originally Posted by AHorseNamedJeff View Post

Heck  I can hear the difference between a 16/44 and a 24/96 file on my Grado RS180is... Its not a joke, it's a real thing.

Let's assume your right and think about it like this,

 

16bit isd 100% enjoyable, 24bit is 105% enjoyable

 

do I want 10 24bits at 105% enjoyment or 100 16bits at 100% enjoyment... ;3 I'll take that -5% drop in quality for uhh more music! 


no, 16bit in some cases is NOT 100% enjoyable... In some cases in higher quality rigs tracks sound bad or harsh, or dont have enough depth which REALLLY detracts from the overall experience.

post #595 of 2269
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no, 16bit in some cases is NOT 100% enjoyable... In some cases in higher quality rigs tracks sound bad or harsh, or dont have enough depth which REALLLY detracts from the overall experience.

I guess so, although I suppose. I shall experince that when  I have a rig that nice...

 

But sound is subjective I won't argue with you on what your brain is hearing! 

post #596 of 2269

I had an audiophile moment, I really wanted to listen to music but my gear wasn't warmed up, so of course I did something else for 30 minutes until the gear warmed up...  So in effect I chose no music at all over suboptimal music...biggrin.gif

post #597 of 2269
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I had an audiophile moment, I really wanted to listen to music but my gear wasn't warmed up, so of course I did something else for 30 minutes until the gear warmed up...  So in effect I chose no music at all over suboptimal music...biggrin.gif


Adda boy!! My usb connection to me E7 wasn't working the other day, so of course, in stead of just plugging it in via LOD from my iPhone, I chose no music.

post #598 of 2269
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Adda boy!! My usb connection to me E7 wasn't working the other day, so of course, in stead of just plugging it in via LOD from my iPhone, I chose no music.

Lawl, you crack me up Jeff. Music is better when the quality of your gear is better. But no music when it's not optimum... I think your more of a CircuitPhile, you'd rathet listen to your hard ware than your music xD

 

Ofc I'm just picking at you Jeff <3 still you make it pretty easy some times ^^

 

you know your an audiophile when

 

Ok I have to say this to SOME ONE, totally epic moment going on here. The Royal Flush Gang as it appears in Season 2 of the Justice League episode Wild Card Part 2, is voiced by the 2003 Teen Titans crew. Both shows ran during 2003 and I must admit I find that pretty freaking cool!

 

Also you know your an audiophile when some songs can ONLY be enjoyed with your high quality gear [sadly like Jeff <3, I can't listen to Adele WITHOUT my w1000x oDac Hybrid Tube combo... otherwise her voice just sounds terrible ] 

post #599 of 2269
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Originally Posted by Mshenay View Post

Lawl, you crack me up Jeff. Music is better when the quality of your gear is better. But no music when it's not optimum... I think your more of a CircuitPhile, you'd rathet listen to your hard ware than your music xD

Ofc I'm just picking at you Jeff <3 still you make it pretty easy some times ^^

you know your an audiophile when

Ok I have to say this to SOME ONE, totally epic moment going on here. The Royal Flush Gang as it appears in Season 2 of the Justice League episode Wild Card Part 2, is voiced by the 2003 Teen Titans crew. Both shows ran during 2003 and I must admit I find that pretty freaking cool!

Also you know your an audiophile when some songs can ONLY be enjoyed with your high quality gear [sadly like Jeff <3, I can't listen to Adele WITHOUT my w1000x oDac Hybrid Tube combo... otherwise her voice just sounds terrible ] 
Lawl Ya she sounds pretty bad
You know your an audiophile when you spend 15 minutes just to drill ONE hole carefully into your headphones so it sounds even more amazing, but then you realize you need to make 7 more and be even more careful
And
You know your an audiophile when you walk into the grocery store but forget your cart full of food when you start getting the urge to hurry home to listen to your home system
post #600 of 2269

YKYAAW you priortize other things than music in order to come to a state of mind where you can enjoy music more... Like living a succesful life (for the sake of enjoying music). Is that taking it too far? :)

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