My foobar folder (portable install) is on C:, my libraries are either on D: or E:.
QuoteHowever I have noticed on cheaper T/T cart combinations there does seem to be a somewhat artificial widening of the sound stage. It's hard to describe, almost like the fake surround sound some soundbars put out which of course, DSPs can emulate if that is one's thing.If the cartridge is wired wrong the left & right channels can be out-of-phase (one channel inverted). You'll get the same "weird widening" effect if you reverse the wires to one speaker (or if you invert one channel in an audio editor). You'll also notice a loss of bass as the bass soundwaves cancel, and if you mix-down to mono (electrically or digitally) you'll get a "vocal removal" effect where the "center channel" information (the information common to left & right) gets canceled..
I have never given this much thought but I presume it is due to phase shifts, which vinyl playback always has but more so with less well engineered or correctly aligned set-ups. Any thoughts on this?
If I take a look closer to my new Cds (EAC accurately ripped and so on), I can't understand why the "factory default" CD sound is likely flat, louder and way beyond the full scale (0 dB). All right, sounds good for a boombox but for my PC Hi-Fi system it's a little bit more harshly. I have to de-amplify to -12dB and then to make some compression and normalization to -3dB to get an acceptable sound from CD. I tested CDs from various artists, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Genesis, Alan Parsons, The Band, Fleetwood Mac, Manfred Mann's Earth Band and all sounds are way beyond the full scale (0 dB). Is this a CD standard? Not happend when I record the same LPs from new vinyls to DSD 5.6 MHz and then converted to wav 196/32, 96/32, 48/32 or 44/16.
Is it even possible to be *audibly* better? (if "better" = objectively better, as in less distortion, flatter FR, etc.)In case of traditional audio metric (that you mentioned) relationship between perceived audio quality and objective measurements is poor and your question is understandable. In SE audio metric such relationship is more defined, so in some cases we can safely predict subjective quality from objective measurements.
You'll be right when Opus become mainstream.QuoteStill most of audio files that we listen are 44.1.Not true, with the rise of Opus which basically makes everything 48kHz.
The test set “Variety” (2 hours of music), which is used for df-measurements has the following overall amplitude-frequency characteristic:QuoteMost real-life audio material (especially if it is perfectly mixed and mastered) has natural high frequency roll-offMost real-life audio material (especially if it is perfectly mixed and mastered) has quite a lot of energy above 20 kHz (that is, between 20 kHz and the upper limit which is usually 22050 Hz), even with roll-off it's still quite a lot; and sometimes people use extreme settings for noise shaping (for 16 bit conversion) which adds to that band too. Humans, though, don't hear that band at all, so taking it into account at all would introduce unnecessary mistakes.