Last post by Anakunda -
Review the output devices page in preferences and choose either ASIO or WASAPI for output, that will ensure the signal is send in exclusive mode and not remixed anywhere on the path. Also make sure you have audio driver installed for your device as without driver you will only be able to play up to 24/96 resolution. Then review your foobar DSP settings and remove everything unnecessary. The rest depends on audio signal source you feed and playback hardware (DAC, AMP, speakers, cables)
Last post by BrilliantBob -
IMO lame v3.100 is the best .mp3 encoder.
If you want to know what lame.exe really can do, you must recompile the source code with all the dev settings unlocked. Now I realized the .mp3 format is not dead; can be used even for high quality encoding, with the .mp3 file size +7x smaller than the .wav format.
By the way, use some good quality speakers to hear the differences; my subwoofer make 20 Hz audible signal and the best vibration output is at 34 Hz -3dB.
I made a small bat file to automate the finding of the best scale when I encode with lame.
Currently I have Denon AVR-1613 receiver with Klipsch F-30 tower speakers. To be honest, I do not like the way they sound. I can't really explain it but they sound a little harsh...
OK, so you already have a 'real' system, but you aren't happy with it. That's actually a good place to start.
So, a bunch more questions:
1) Do you have a carpet in the room? 2) Have you run the Audyssey room correction? 3) If so, do you have the option of viewing the results in a menu (it will look like a sort of rough EQ graph) and 4) Do you use the Audyssey, Audyssey Flat, L/R Bypass or Off settings? (if you have them) 5) To the extent you can tell, is the harshness in the upper-midbass region 150-250 Hz or midrange 1-2Khz? Or elsewhere? 6) Does it change if you get up and walk around, sit on the floor, etc? 7) Lastly (for today), how old are you and do you have any hearing problems (tinnitus, etc) or are you exposed to loud noise?