1. Welcome to TechPowerUp Forums, Guest! Please check out our forum guidelines for info related to our community.

Lets talk PC Audio

Discussion in 'Audio, Video & Home Theater' started by Mussels, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. Wile E

    Wile E Power User

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2006
    Messages:
    24,324 (8.42/day)
    Thanks Received:
    3,778
    Bah, don't get me started on joint stereo. lol.
  2. Mussels

    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2004
    Messages:
    42,139 (11.66/day)
    Thanks Received:
    9,470
    in before mailman posts a picture of a boombox filled with weed.



    at least we got the audio experts in the one place, so now people can get 3-4 simultaneous answers to any questions they may have, with high odds of accuracy in the responses.
    yogurt_21 and Jack Doph say thanks.
  3. m4gicfour

    m4gicfour

    Joined:
    May 21, 2008
    Messages:
    845 (0.37/day)
    Thanks Received:
    309
    Well nothing's a magic bullet, after all. Crystallizer was meant to "enhance" low quality audio, and it perceivably does that, even if it does so by an understanding of equipment and human hearing rather than actually increasing quality.

    As for the article, Mussels you definitely do have an understanding of most of the things involved, just be careful about how you state things. Audiophiles tend to be a nitpicky bunch. If you have the patience to refine this and admit when you may be wrong or misinformed, I see this becoming a great resource. :toast:
    random and Jack Doph say thanks.
  4. Jack Doph

    Jack Doph

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2011
    Messages:
    508 (0.39/day)
    Thanks Received:
    109
    Location:
    Upright down-under (Brisbane, Australia)
    You & me both mate XD

    I even complained to a radio station once, because I caught them out using a crappy joint-stereo MP3 instead of the proper CD :rockout:
  5. Mussels

    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2004
    Messages:
    42,139 (11.66/day)
    Thanks Received:
    9,470
    thats the plan. i mostly have to be careful when editing based on peoples comments, because i can guarantee people will disagree as to whats right... and then its either guesswork or research to figure out who's right, and what to say.
  6. random

    random

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2008
    Messages:
    3,042 (1.42/day)
    Thanks Received:
    686
    Just another question guys while I have you all here :laugh:

    Should I even bother with turning on EAX and playing with the Graphic Equalizer from my sound card's driver/software? lol ...
  7. Jack Doph

    Jack Doph

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2011
    Messages:
    508 (0.39/day)
    Thanks Received:
    109
    Location:
    Upright down-under (Brisbane, Australia)
    Yes!
    Because.. your ears are NOT like those of the sound engineer.
    Use the EQ to suit YOUR hearing ;)

    EDIT: or your equipment
    random says thanks.
  8. Mussels

    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2004
    Messages:
    42,139 (11.66/day)
    Thanks Received:
    9,470
    I use my EQ to boost bass for my headphones, as they're a bit lacking. EQ comes down to personal choice, but the goal should be to make as little change as possible to get the sound you want. No point boosting the bass to max for one song, only to find bad company 2 machine gun fire just made you sterile from the subwoofer shakin your janglies apart.


    as to EAX, it depends on the games. while EAX is nothing fancy in itself, some games (warcraft III comes to mind) dont let you get surround sound without EAX, so its better to enable it in those.
    Jack Doph and random say thanks.
  9. Wile E

    Wile E Power User

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2006
    Messages:
    24,324 (8.42/day)
    Thanks Received:
    3,778
    I don't bother with EAX except in games. As for EQ, I use them to correct output of equipment, as most equipment is not perfectly linear.
    Jack Doph and random say thanks.
  10. m4gicfour

    m4gicfour

    Joined:
    May 21, 2008
    Messages:
    845 (0.37/day)
    Thanks Received:
    309
    I'd say, if you have the ability to use EAX, use it. For the games that support it, it does help. Now I wouldn't bother going out and buying anything so you can use EAX, but if you've already got it, it does sound good.

    EDIT - Yeah, as wile E said; just in games.
    Jack Doph and random say thanks.
  11. Mussels

    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2004
    Messages:
    42,139 (11.66/day)
    Thanks Received:
    9,470
    see what i meant about 4 answers to each question? we even line up with our opinions! (mostly)
    Jack Doph says thanks.
  12. Jack Doph

    Jack Doph

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2011
    Messages:
    508 (0.39/day)
    Thanks Received:
    109
    Location:
    Upright down-under (Brisbane, Australia)
    Ain't that grand?
    XD
  13. random

    random

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2008
    Messages:
    3,042 (1.42/day)
    Thanks Received:
    686
    And just like that I am educated :), time to start playing around with what I've got. :toast:
  14. m4gicfour

    m4gicfour

    Joined:
    May 21, 2008
    Messages:
    845 (0.37/day)
    Thanks Received:
    309
    Hey man, Active thread. Very active thread. When I replied (both times) there were no replies, now there's at least two or three in between my post and what I was replying to. Have to think that can only be a good thing, so long as things stay on-topic, accurate, and civil
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2011
  15. Ra97oR

    Ra97oR

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2009
    Messages:
    377 (0.19/day)
    Thanks Received:
    61
    The most important thing is, the sound is as good as the source files is. You are just going to suffer more if you use more detailed equipment for listening to high compression files.
    dustyshiv says thanks.
  16. Jack Doph

    Jack Doph

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2011
    Messages:
    508 (0.39/day)
    Thanks Received:
    109
    Location:
    Upright down-under (Brisbane, Australia)
    Enjoy it you shall ;)

    nail <-> head
    Absolutely!
    I wish more people could truly understand what that really means.
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 7, 2011
  17. m4gicfour

    m4gicfour

    Joined:
    May 21, 2008
    Messages:
    845 (0.37/day)
    Thanks Received:
    309
    98Kbit MP3 is a no go on my Onkyo TX-Sr876 w/ polk audio 7.1

    Just NO FRAKKIN WAY MAN!

    Audio is a gateway drug. You buy a good reciever, you need good source. You get good source, you need good speakers, you get good speakers you need good source Files.

    I just need another hit man.... Just gotta get my fix!
  18. Jack Doph

    Jack Doph

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2011
    Messages:
    508 (0.39/day)
    Thanks Received:
    109
    Location:
    Upright down-under (Brisbane, Australia)
    Ye gods man!
    You might even feel ill using flac!
    XD
  19. Ra97oR

    Ra97oR

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2009
    Messages:
    377 (0.19/day)
    Thanks Received:
    61
    Trust me, its worse on my HA5000 + AD1000PRM combo. It kills, literally. I stayed away from youtube just for that reason.
    Jack Doph says thanks.
  20. m4gicfour

    m4gicfour

    Joined:
    May 21, 2008
    Messages:
    845 (0.37/day)
    Thanks Received:
    309
    I believe it
  21. Jack Doph

    Jack Doph

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2011
    Messages:
    508 (0.39/day)
    Thanks Received:
    109
    Location:
    Upright down-under (Brisbane, Australia)
    Question: do you use headphones at all?
    If so, what do you use?
  22. Ra97oR

    Ra97oR

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2009
    Messages:
    377 (0.19/day)
    Thanks Received:
    61
    Read the thing you just quoted.

    Here a picture of it

    [​IMG]
    Jack Doph says thanks.
  23. Wile E

    Wile E Power User

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2006
    Messages:
    24,324 (8.42/day)
    Thanks Received:
    3,778
    Hell, it's murder on my Forte's in-built headphone amp thru my Grado SR225i's. I can't imagine how awful it would be if I grabbed a real HP amp and something like a nice set of PS1000's.
  24. m4gicfour

    m4gicfour

    Joined:
    May 21, 2008
    Messages:
    845 (0.37/day)
    Thanks Received:
    309
    All I know is I cannot let my father learn that such things exist. He already has like 5 sets of headphones, and a house filled with pro audio equipment. I mean, how many mixing boards do you need? Well this one is portable and this one has effects and this one has lots of channels
    Jack Doph says thanks.
  25. Jack Doph

    Jack Doph

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2011
    Messages:
    508 (0.39/day)
    Thanks Received:
    109
    Location:
    Upright down-under (Brisbane, Australia)
    Sweet :)
    I could do with that for my Beyerdynamics :p

    BTW.. Thanks Mussels.
    Thoroughly enjoyable & highly informative :)
    About time someone did this!
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 7, 2011

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guest)

Share This Page