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General Audio / Re: Are we too polite to subjectivists?
Last post by ajinfla -
What does that even mean?
Dunning-Kruger prevents them from being cognizant of word meanings, like subjectivist - not desperately needing pseudo-scientific/objective reasons to prop up their choices.
If you are on a crusade, join sites like Chris Conmans CA and DiyAudio, point out the anti-blind test characters like Jakob2 - is a high fashion audio jewlery peddling guerrilla marketer and mmerrill99 is none other than John Cuinas aka jkeny, a magic DAC peddler/shyster. Etc, etc.
You're wasting your talents here.
Listening Tests / Re: Directsound vs WASAPI vs ASIO
Last post by Roseval -
If you look closely at the Win audio architecture, you will notice that all Win audio uses WASAPI (including Direct Sound).

WASAPI can be used in 2 modes
Shared: you use the win audio (the mixer)
Exclusive; the win audio is bypassed, the media player talks straight to the audio device.

ASIO and WASAPI in Exclusive mode deliver the output of the media player 1 to 1 to the audio device.
If there is a difference in loudness between ASIO and WASAPI it is probably WASAPI is run in shared mode.
It is also possible that on receiving the data, the audio device does “something”, e.g. volume control, resampling, etc.
If there are differences in loudness between the 2 there must be some DSP going on.
Anyway, if you compare ASIO to WASAPI make sure it is WASAPI in Exclusive mode.
Check if your media player supports this and make sure Win is configured properly.

A simple test when using WASAPI.
Play something
Start a second stream
Hear them both it is shared mode
Hear only the first stream it is exclusive mode
Not sure if it's mentioned anywhere else but the SDK says this about "by playback order"

// New in 1.3.8
// SPECIAL MODE valid only for playback settings; if set, track gain will be used for random & shuffle-tracks modes, album for shuffle albums & ordered playback.
I've decided I'll try a very cheap model which should also be decent and, if I'm not satisfied with that, I'll switch to a pricier one.
Why don't you go for at least a mimimum price threshold of say, $20-25, steering clear this way off "very" cheap?

That is sure not to break the bank and, at least you don't risk as much throwing away your money (not to mention losing your patience) as you'd probably do by going with an 8 dollar-pair.
Specially if you take into account that, at the latter price range, build quality and frequency response (hence SQ) are probably not going to be that great.

As far as popular wisdom goes, cheap shoes, false economy.
I have proposal for adding new variable that would be used for title formatting - for example on window title or status bar. It is related to current ReplayGain mode (something like %replaygain_current_gain_mode%). It is essential especially when ReplayGain's "Source mode" is set to "by playback order". Sometimes volume effects are so strange to me, that I am not sure what RG mode foobar is applying at the moment. It would be also useful for those who set album/tack or none values, but they tend to change them occasionally or have keyboard shortcuts for various RG modes.
That small thingy, together with possibility to enable in status bar information about how many tracks is selected on playlist ("Show number of selected tracks", similarly to the currently present option "Show total time of selection") are for me 2 most sought after features in foobar. The rest of app is almost perfect :)

Additionally - I couldn't find clear information - what is exact mapping of RG modes to certain playback orders when RG mode is set to "by playback order"? Was this mentioned anywhere?
Probably it is only mine situation - but I suppose it is better to mention this in case someone will accidentally start having the same situation. I encountered so many nonsense problems in Windows 10, that I have never heard of when I used even Windows 8/8.1 so I am very cautious about Win 10 and I totally disbelief in its robustness. That's just my experience...
Well, I gave those away, I didn't like them at all. You can try cheap ones but you still have to try great grands.
Do you remember what you didn't like about them?
I'll surely try bigger brands too if I'm not satisfied with the Xiaomi I've just bought (waiting for arrival) or if I find a (better) conclusive model in the meantime.
I'm quite inexperienced regarding in-ear, slightly more experienced about on-ear headphones as I've tried/used various brands like: AKG, Sennheiser, Koss.

Did you check that link I sent you? They have good headphones for all prices.
Sure, looks like theheadphonelist provides an updated and searchable list of the same kind. I've briefly visited Head-Fi and Reddit too (for opinions).

Thanks again.
It's been a while since I've used Audacity but I tried out what happens when I normalize the whole album to -1.0dB to give some headroom (only normalize ticked, dither off), export it in original quality and then use SoX to downsample.
It seems to have eliminated any clipping, plus the volume difference I get when I use the guard option. Is this a recommended way to avoid clipping after resampling?

Does "sox INFO gain: 0.534dB not reclaimed" mean that you lose half a dB and potentially go from 16 bits resolution to 15.9 bits resolution? Not sure if I would bother ;-)

I went back to check the clipping part in that track and it seems that a nasty vinyl click clipped, but I can't hear the clipping itself.
Do you think it's better to ignore the reported clipping if I listen to it and can't hear it? That would save me the hassle of normalizing in Audacity, or letting SoX turn down the volume of a single track by half dB, potentially interrupting the flow of the album volume-wise, but I don't know if ignoring it can cause me more trouble in the future, for example when I want to convert to mp3 for portable use.
Support - (fb2k) / Re: Keep crashing after Windows 10 Update
Last post by Case -
That is not a generic problem, EpicForever. There are plenty of people with Office who have absolutely no problems. For example I have two such machines and foobar2000 doesn't crash.
3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: JScript Panel
Last post by J.Fleming -
OK, that makes sense, thanks! :)