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Wyld Stallyn
post Mar 29 2013, 15:50
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Hello, recently I found myself wondering if there is a way to apply a binaural DSP to the whole system, i.e. have the soundcard driver directly communicate with it to alter the stream from the get-go.

The reason I wonder about this is because I have very diverse music interests and tend to browse the web on YT etc. looking for more interesting music because that's where the choice of complete titles is greatest, and I find the idea of having to download everything where I find the stereo image lacking a bit cumbersome.

For more technical details, I use Opera on a Win 7 64-bit OS and currently own an ASUS soundcard with ASUS drivers, which I may or may not replace with an ODAC in the long run. Of course this would complicate this whole "let soundcard driver interact with plugin" thing a bit.

Perhaps there is also a dedicated program for this that can run indepentend of the soundcard driver? And no, the Dolby Headphone settings are not an option as they are incredibly annoying.

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Mach-X
post Mar 31 2013, 06:39
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I've toyed around with such toys, even bought a USB sound blaster recon3d with thx studio pro, messed with rock box and its cross feed effect, foobar with it's binaural plugin, and every time with music they all produce the same unnatural stereo image collapse. The only one I found somewhat effective was the Dolby headphone included with my netbook. Even then I found it unnatural though it was the only one really effective at externalizing sound. Was great for movies though. Your best bet really is to turn such effects on when listening to early hard panned recordings then turn it off again cause they all make regular recordings sound like crap.
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Wyld Stallyn
post Mar 31 2013, 12:55
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QUOTE (euphonic @ Mar 31 2013, 08:10) *
The obvious solution if you're listening on headphones is to select "Headphone Virtualisation" under the driver properties, assuming you're not on XP. On speakers, as far as I know, you'd be out of luck as far as a system-wide solution goes. For which YouTube resolutions correspond to which audio/video bitrates, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Youtube#Quality_and_codecs .

Well for my speakers I obviously don't need a binaural DSP. biggrin.gif Very interesting table though, thanks.
QUOTE (Mach-X @ Mar 31 2013, 07:39) *
I've toyed around with such toys, even bought a USB sound blaster recon3d with thx studio pro, messed with rock box and its cross feed effect, foobar with it's binaural plugin, and every time with music they all produce the same unnatural stereo image collapse. The only one I found somewhat effective was the Dolby headphone included with my netbook. Even then I found it unnatural though it was the only one really effective at externalizing sound. Was great for movies though. Your best bet really is to turn such effects on when listening to early hard panned recordings then turn it off again cause they all make regular recordings sound like crap.

I don't know really. I noticed signification coloration with the "default" BS2B-settings, but very little with the "Meier"-settings, which is why I use it with Mediamonkey. In fact I'd say I'd be hard pressed to notice anything without careful listening, which of course implies that there's probably some expectation bias involved. I agree that Dolby Headphone is suboptimal, which is why I stopped using it after the first few hours. I guess I shall have to live with occasional one-sided sounds at times I can't use my monitors (I forgot to mention those over the weekend because I've been in a different household, apart from them - out of sight, out of mind.).
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