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Scientific Discussion / Objective evaluation of SBC and aptX codecs using music-based audio metric
Last post by Serge Smirnoff -
I made objective measurements of the codecs using music-based df-metric. The main purpose of the post - to present the method. Your feedback is valuable as always. Thanks in advance.

The article is here - http://soundexpert.org/news/-/blogs/audio-quality-of-bluetooth-aptx#aptxmeasurements

Concerning the results, aptX is no better than SBC, pure marketing.
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Audio Hardware / Re: Audio-Technica ATW-R03 VHF radio mic receiver fault
Last post by polemon -
If it got out of tune, it probably is because the caps dried up. So I'd replace bulging caps first, etc.
Without having a name of the product, it's difficult to give any tips where to start.

Are there any markings next to the pots? Also, are you sure the frequency isn't user-selectable?

What kind of test equipment do you have (multimeter, frequency counter, oscilloscope)?
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3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: CaTRoX (QWR Edition): fb2k theme
Last post by zeremy -
Is it a joke?
I meant "programmatically." It was late and I was thinking it could be done in jscript_panel in an on_playback_new_track callback, but jscript can't actually write tags. It might be doable in foo_customdb using your own playcount field, but outside that or finding another playcount component, you'd have to write your own.

JScript Panel has its own Playback Stats that you could possibly add.
https://github.com/marc2k3/foo_jscript_panel/wiki/Playback-Stats
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3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: MathAudio Room EQ for Foobar2000
Last post by k2k -
Does the software offer the option to correct only below the Schroeder frequency of the room, as per the recommendations of Toole and some others who assert that 'correcting' above that may be detrimental.  Below Schroeder, room modal effects dominate; above it, reverberant effects dominate.   For 'typical' rooms it's circa 300Hz.
If you don't wish to correct the frequency response above 300 Hz, use the manual correction of the curve. Use the left mouse button to draw arbitrary curves, or use the right mouse button to draw straight lines. The statement about the influence of the reverberation effect is correct, however, Room EQ applies an advanced multipoint measurement algorithm that takes this effect into consideration. You may want to compare the different types of correction with your own ears (use the "Save preset" and "Load preset" buttons to conveniently switch the plots).
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MP3 - Tech / Re: Completely confused over these Spectrum readouts?! Encoding MP3
Last post by Porcus -
I would rip CDs to lossless (do that only once!) and then encode MP3s from those files.

Does this make a difference??  What I like about EAC is I can encode straight from CD, well it converts to WAV and then encodes using LAME on the fly.  Again this is obviously a big time saver!

The "difference" it makes is that then you have the lossless file and can produce whatever lossy format from the file next time, rather than rip it again. You say you use only lossless for your 'proper' DJing, so why not have the lossless files? Having to re-rip the same CD does not sound like a "big time saver".
A format like FLAC has other advantages, like being checksummed (and thus can be verified for file errors - WAV/AIFF/ALAC-in-MP4 do not have a checksum!) and taking up less space. In my collection, 10 GB stores 24 hrs of music (CD -> FLAC). A 1 TB drive takes 100 days and nights of music. And that is predominantly metal, that takes more than average space.

(On the dancefloor, people would not hear the difference between lossless and MP3s@320 or even a third of that - provided your software guards against digital clipping. Don't confuse bad music for bad format!)
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3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: iPod manager
Last post by musicmusic -
You could add an album remapping that checks if the album is 'Greatest Hits' and then appends the album artist if so. I'm not sure you're going to get much better than that.
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General Audio / Re: Need Advice To Replace iTunes mp3 with FLAC
Last post by tehabe -
The biggest advantage of Bandcamp is, that more of the money you pay goes to the artist. Bandcamp only gets 15% of the price you pay. You can feel much better about helping a band or musician you like. But that you can lose bought albums is a downside. On the other hand, when I bought my first album, I don't think Bandcamp had fan account where the music was being stored. I only noticed that after I deleted my music backup by mistake.
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