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General - (fb2k) / Re: Command-Line Decoder Wrapper
Last post by arch21 -
hi, on components page, it has been updated to version 0.5 but it still shows version 0.4 on preferences page.
Well that link is in the first post of this thread.... it's really for script authors who might want to update their scripts and then take advantage of newer features in this component. I figure for the casual user, it's just easier to use the old component - that is you can afford the 1MB or so of disk space it takes.  :P
Well there was never any reason to use ShortPath in the original script. Just wrapping the path in double quotes to account for any spaces would have done...

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"\"" + fb.FoobarPath + "foobar2000.exe\""


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'"' + fb.FoobarPath + 'foobar2000.exe"'

And I believe my component fixes now bypass the need for the command line shenanigans completely.

Obviously bols59 will need to expand on whatever issue they're having???
Notice that he's using the ".ShortPath" operator on the full executable path, minus the executable name.
Right click on your source/scene, select "filters". color key is in there, among other things
Polls / Re: Where do you get your music from?
Last post by MRDA 1981 -
Mostly old/used CDs I pick up dirt-cheap from Amazon, E-Bay, and Discogs. Occasionally, I'll get something brand new, but that's increasingly rare these days.

Sometimes, bandcamp has an album not available, or extortionately available, on disc; even better, they're lossless, unlike Amazon and iTunes, which I've never taken to. I'll only spend money on either music on CDS or lossless digital; the freedom to encode anyfformat I want that a lossless source grants is of Paramount importance to me.

Streaming music? Bleh! I like things local.
20-30 feet of shielded coax shouldn't normally be a problem with line-level signals.    I believe you, I'm just saying there might be something wrong with the wires...  Maybe they are not shielded.   You say there are two...  You only need one for the sub, so have you tried them separately?  

If you've got AC hum it could be a ground loop, and (electrical) S/PDIF may or may-not help with a ground loop.  (And, obviously you can't go optical.)

My subwoofer is in the front of my family room and the home theatre receiver in the back.
Maybe try putting the sub in the back?   ;) 

  Throwing a/d and d/a conversion into the mix can't be good for sound quality,
I'd expect that to be completely transparent.  I wouldn't do "extra" A/D & D/A if there wasn't a reason but since you've got problems now the sound should actually be better.   (I don't know anything about the Monoprice converters...   Monoprice sells good cables at great prices.)

Audio Hardware / SPDIF to analog conversion and vice versa
Last post by jimhead -
Trying to solve a long analog cable length problem.  My subwoofer is in the front of my family room and the home theatre receiver in the back.  Connecting those two are a 20-30 foot cable terminated by RCA jacks, all in the wall.  Yes, there are lots of electrical noise problems to the point that it's unusable.  It's two-conductor single-ended, looks like coax.

I'm thinking about using analog->spdif and spdif->analog converters in order to use that long cable as a spdif transport. That seems to be the most robust solution given my predicament.

Other options and their cons:
- Run line-level --> Lots of electrical noise
- Run speaker level --> Sound quality is terrible
- Wireless transmitter kits --> Don't like latency problems, powering on/off problems, general flakiness, sound quality
- Cannot run new cables through room

- What good quality spdif/analog converters are out there?  Throwing a/d and d/a conversion into the mix can't be good for sound quality, but seems less bad than the other options.  Thinking about getting monoprice ones.
- Are there better options for me?
I have some useful/interesting updates available.
Firstly, the expander needed some retweaking -- the thresholds and compensation needed to be fixed:
sos.mp3, nog.mp3, st.mp3, uatk.mp3 (all ABBA -- corrections made after input.)

Fairly noticeable example(s) of noise reduction:
hiss reduction:  carp1970-01-orig.mp3, carp1970-01-exp.mp3 (listen for the his much decreased on -exp version)
rumble/rush reduction: SandG-orig.mp3, SandG-exp.mp3 (listen for less rumble, slight less 'rush' sound
Significant improvement in dynamics:
Original:  SandG02-orig.mp3  (LOTS of compression and some distortion -- UGLY)
Simple pseudo-DolbyA:  SandG02-exp.mp3 (Compression is better -- more listenable)
psuedo-DolbyA and full expander:  SandG02-proc.mp3 (Almost normal sounding -- very listenable)

I have gotten some feedback that the 'decoder' or 'pseudo-DolbyA expander' might not really be DolbyA or some of the files might not be really DolbyA encoded.  I don't necessarily disagree or even have direct knowledge, except:

THE RESULTS SEEM TO BE VERY GOOD!!!  Definitely NOT perfect, and I always accept and apply constructive criticism!!!

Gonna release the psuedo-DolbyA (or whatever it is) SOURCE CODE and additional binaries  when I get enough feedback that I am sure that it does what I want it to do..

John Dyson

This is the one that i'm looking at specifically.

Thanks for all the responses so far. I appreciate this board a lot.