Being new to Foobar I have seen recommendations against the ASUS cards which after researching seemed to be the best. The claim is that these cards have buggy drivers.
I have a very high end stereo and I am trying to get the best card for attaching foobar2000 to my DAC with coax. Being new to Foobar I have seen recommendations against the ASUS cards which after researching seemed to be the best. The claim is that these cards have buggy drivers. Can anyone help me understand the best sound card for Foobar. Thanks for any help.
I connect the coax out with the Benchmark DAC1 HDR and the sound is much better than connected with USB.
The sound quality and internal mixing is ways better than Creative. Best setting seems to be 24bit/96Khz.
It's fairly simple, but the Crystalizer function really delivers fuller, enhanced MP3 playback.
That is actually very interesting. Is there a foobar component or piece of software that does about the same? I might try it on various modern pop albums I have and see if I can reduce their bluntness.
a lot of info around suggesting that this Crystalizer crap is just 1 big fat scam?
24-BIT CRYSTALIZER - voor MP3 — muziek klinkt beter dan de oorspronkelijke cd! [...] (random image of waveform) MP3 bij 128kbps met 24-bit Crystalizer - Indrukwekkende 24-bit kwaliteit!
24-BIT CRYSTALIZER - for MP3 — Music sounds better than the original CD! [...] (random image of waveform) MP3 at 128kbps with 24-bit Crystalizer - Impressive 24-bit quality!
Oh, of course, I'm not expecting magic results. You can't un-bake a cake. It would be in the same category as applying a little equalizing to an offensive piece of music. You can't fix it, but you can limit the damage to your delicate sensibilities.Is the concept interesting and feasible enough to create some kind of experimental component, is what I mean.
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I don't see how the few of you said it makes it sound like crap... I can't understand that, unless you like totally flat music. I suppose some elitists might insist on hearing the music "purely" without adulteration, but to me it sounds like I'm listening to the music through a wall.