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General Audio / Re: soundstage
Last post by DVDdoug -
I don't hear it either.   

I wouldn't call  it a myth but it's obviously an illusion, as-is the phantom center in a 2-channel stereo recording.    The center is always rather vague to my ears too.  

I assume there are many factors, including the listener, the recording, speakers, and room acoustics (not the amplifier or the DAC).

You read about soundstage with headphones all the time but a survey on the ASR forum indicates that very few people experience an accurate soundstage with headphones.   

I knew it was an illusion that I wasn't experiencing but with all the talk about it, I though I was an exception.

P.S.
Since the Magnepan's radiate from the rear and you have a higher proportion of reflected sound, I would assume the room has a bigger influence, and I would expect a more "spacious" sound with the various instruments & vocals positioned less-precisely.
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General Audio / soundstage
Last post by David Harper -
Is "soundstage" an audiophile myth? I've been an audiophile for fifty years. I have never in my life heard a soundstage from a home stereo system. I have made a concerted effort to hear one. But the best I've ever been able to do is imagine one. And it has never seemed real. Audio forums speak of it often. Especially the most subjective forums. It is difficult to understand how home speakers could accomplish this. Maybe I just don't know how to listen for this. Can anyone here help me? Even more incomprehensibly "high end" audio forums speak of one amplifier creating a better "soundstage" than a less expensive amplifier. Specifically how would this be possible?  An amp?  I have become increasingly skeptical of anything I read on subjective forums. Price seems to determine sound quality. My system is: OPPO UDP, Schiit Vadar amp, Yamaha AVR (used as a pre) Magnepan LRS speakers. I have owned many speakers in the past. But again, I have never heard a soundstage from any of them.
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General - (fb2k) / Re: Questions about rating a song
Last post by kanishknishar -
I've decided to embed ratings into the files as tags for a file can change and I don't want to lose my ratings as a result.

Q1. How do I add half a star? I've been scrolling through Google results and just can't find a half a star character or how to add it.
Q2. How do I rate songs from the playlist view itself that does not involve changing my entire UI (simplaylist)?
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FLAC / Re: Multithreading
Last post by lithoformer -
I finally got some time to look into this code. It seems my compiles keep segfaulting at the very last frame (which is a different size than the others). Does this sound familiar?

edit: the segfault backtrace in gdb

Code: [Select]
Reading symbols from ./flaccid.exe...
(gdb) r
Starting program: /home/m_van/flac-cid42/src/flaccid/flaccid.exe --mode peakset --in test-input.flac --out test-output.flac
[New Thread 3516.0x4930]
test-input.flac Processed 1/7
Processed 3/7
Processed 7/7

Thread 1 received signal SIGSEGV, Segmentation fault.
0x00007ff6e97aa008 in MD5 ()
(gdb) bt
#0  0x00007ff6e97aa008 in MD5 ()
#1  0x00007ff6e971b672 in peak_main ()
#2  0x00007ff6e97a73a8 in main ()

at the very last frame you'll likely have a different number of samples than 'buffer size' so you'll have a segfault
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General - (fb2k) / Re: foobar2000 v2.0 bugs
Last post by Porcus -
Another MD5 issue, with WavPack calculating it in the same endianness as the source file. It seems that foobar2000 - like FLAC - calculates it little-endian, and so fails to verify these WavPack files.
The problem has been around ever since WavPack got CAF support, but the combination foobar2000, CAF, WavPack and MD5 is scarce. Now with WavPack supporting AIFF, it could happen more often - indeed this is an issue I discovered upon verifying some of my encodes - some artist gave me something that was in AIFF - not thinking it up first and trying to provoke it (although I should have!).

foobar2000 does handle how FLAC and WavPack differ in MD5 for unsigned signals (that is, 8-bit WAVE), so I guess it is intended to verify the files that are indeed OK.


As for TAK: foo_input_tak makes MD5 show, after reloading tags - and I can then remove the component as long as I don't reload tags from files once again.
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FLAC / Re: Multithreading
Last post by ktf -
I finally got some time to look into this code. It seems my compiles keep segfaulting at the very last frame (which is a different size than the others). Does this sound familiar?

edit: the segfault backtrace in gdb

Code: [Select]
Reading symbols from ./flaccid.exe...
(gdb) r
Starting program: /home/m_van/flac-cid42/src/flaccid/flaccid.exe --mode peakset --in test-input.flac --out test-output.flac
[New Thread 3516.0x4930]
test-input.flac Processed 1/7
Processed 3/7
Processed 7/7

Thread 1 received signal SIGSEGV, Segmentation fault.
0x00007ff6e97aa008 in MD5 ()
(gdb) bt
#0  0x00007ff6e97aa008 in MD5 ()
#1  0x00007ff6e971b672 in peak_main ()
#2  0x00007ff6e97a73a8 in main ()
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General - (fb2k) / Re: Open libre office writer document from inside Foobar?
Last post by fooball -
You should be able to open a document using a command within FB2K, but I don't foresee any likelihood of then landing at a specific point in the document.  In order to do that, you need a document storage format which supports such operations, eg HTML (ie a web page).

Suppose you have a something.html file on your computer.  If, within that file, you add the property id="song1" to (eg) a heading tag, then on the Windows command line "cmd /c start <path>\something.html#song1" will* open something.html in your web browser and jump to song1.

* I say "will", but I've not specifically tested anything.  The command syntax may need tweaking, but this is intended to indicate a route to your solution rather than an actual solution.

In summary, I don't think you will have any success trying to display a .odt / .doc file starting at a specific position (unless you write or find a utility which does specifically that, although it might be possible with macros).  HTML is designed to do that.  If you must use .odt / .doc, your alternative is to just have one file per song.
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3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: Playlist-Tools-SMP
Last post by regor -
hahaha sure. At least now that tag cache is back again.
Although I'm missing a few other components too.

Have just uploaded another fix which made harmonic mixing (at playlist manipulation) to not be available due to a typo on file paths.

And in the process I added harmonic mixing in place for selection at advanced sorting (previously, there was only the option to create a new playlist). Works with non contiguous selections too (and not "mixed" tracks are put at the end randomly).
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