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How to get best audio quality with foobar, effects or anything else?
JackBlack9
post Jan 28 2012, 15:59
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Hi, I hope this is the right section.
I've got a notebook with a creative soundblaster audigy 2 NX (usb) and 2.0 Edifier R1600plus.
I'm trying to reach the best audio quality with foobar. Can you help me?
I've installed asio4all and then also foobar bassexciter to add windows media player trubass and wow effects on foobar but I don't know how to configurate them.
I want to take out the max from my speaker.
Thank you!

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RonaldDumsfeld
post Jan 29 2012, 12:48
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what is kernel stream?


Simply put - it's a method of bypassing the windows mixer so that audio data goes direct from your application to your output device. It's debatable whether it makes any audible difference.

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I think ASIO limits you to one device at a time


Not always. It must be application specific because I can utilise different drivers to output to different output pairs an the same multi channel device. (MoTU)
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JackBlack9
post Jan 29 2012, 13:29
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QUOTE (RonaldDumsfeld @ Jan 29 2012, 12:48) *
Simply put - it's a method of bypassing the windows mixer so that audio data goes direct from your application to your output device. It's debatable whether it makes any audible difference.


Where should I look for it?

And I want to ask you for a quick question: how can I enhance in-song guitar sound with the equalizer?

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post Jan 29 2012, 14:34
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QUOTE (JackBlack9 @ Jan 29 2012, 13:29) *
Where should I look for it?

Not at all. Before you buy into more "audiophile" tuning tips, and to keep to the original topic (audio quality): Hydrogenaudio is a community where scientific/measurable proof is preferred over anecdotal comments. Also, one thing that is very important, is the approach to arrive at that proof. So, the basic assumption, or null hypothesis, is:

Everything sounds the same.


While there may be technical differences between output methods, which might even show up in measurements, the important thing is to determine whether these differences are perceptible at all. Unless someone provides proof some method sounds different to the other, the only possible and meaningful assumption is that they sound the same. The preferred way over here is to provide double blind listening tests (ABX) to back up any claims of a perceptual difference to reject the null hypothesis. So, in the end it is up to the person claiming to hear differences to provide proof for that, and not up to all the other people to provide proof that two things sound the same.

To be fair, alternative output methods have some merits, regarding for example configuring multichannel setups (I myself used ASIO for that purpose some years back, before discovering channel mixer/matrix mixer), but any claims of "increased audio quality" need to be backed up by proof.

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post Jan 29 2012, 14:46
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QUOTE (Kohlrabi @ Jan 29 2012, 14:34) *
To be fair, alternative output methods have some merits, regarding for example configuring multichannel setups (I myself used ASIO for that purpose some years back, before discovering channel mixer/matrix mixer), but any claims of "increased audio quality" need to be backed up by proof.


There's another benefit of ASIO or WASAPI, you're bypassing "sound-enhancers", activateted in the software of your soundcard/chip manufacture, such as THX-, Dolby Pro Logic-stuff, Triple Bass Boost Extreme wink.gif etc. But of course you can deactivate them in most cases.
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- JackBlack9   How to get best audio quality with foobar   Jan 28 2012, 15:59
- - kraut   QUOTE I'm trying to reach the best audio quali...   Jan 28 2012, 16:10
|- - JackBlack9   QUOTE (kraut @ Jan 28 2012, 16:10) QUOTE ...   Jan 28 2012, 16:53
- - Kohlrabi   QUOTE (JackBlack9 @ Jan 28 2012, 15:59) I...   Jan 28 2012, 17:02
|- - JackBlack9   Why not use ASIO? Well.. I hear a deeper bass effe...   Jan 28 2012, 17:27
|- - Kohlrabi   QUOTE (JackBlack9 @ Jan 28 2012, 17:27) W...   Jan 28 2012, 17:40
- - larryfine   According to my humble opinion I think that DSP...   Jan 28 2012, 17:35
- - derty2   I think what I posted a few hours ago at another t...   Jan 28 2012, 18:34
|- - JackBlack9   Thank you for your replies. I'm absolutely new...   Jan 28 2012, 19:18
- - Kohlrabi   JackBlack9 welcome to our nice, little community ...   Jan 28 2012, 20:47
|- - pawelq   QUOTE (Kohlrabi @ Jan 28 2012, 14:47) Mos...   Jan 28 2012, 21:46
|- - RavenGT   QUOTE (pawelq @ Jan 28 2012, 16:46) I rec...   Jan 29 2012, 00:14
- - JackBlack9   Thank you very much. I think asio4all will be usef...   Jan 28 2012, 21:24
- - mudlord   Got ABX tests to back up your claims?   Jan 29 2012, 00:21
|- - pawelq   QUOTE (mudlord @ Jan 28 2012, 18:21) Got ...   Jan 29 2012, 15:40
- - JackBlack9   Does WASAPI works on XP? I can't understand ho...   Jan 29 2012, 01:06
|- - RavenGT   QUOTE (JackBlack9 @ Jan 28 2012, 20:06) D...   Jan 29 2012, 05:02
|- - mobyduck   QUOTE (JackBlack9 @ Jan 28 2012, 16:06) I...   Jan 29 2012, 10:05
- - kraut   QUOTE Previously there have been lots of problems ...   Jan 29 2012, 03:09
|- - TangoTiburones   QUOTE (kraut @ Jan 28 2012, 20:09) QUOTE ...   Jan 29 2012, 06:04
- - JackBlack9   thank you. what is kernel stream?   Jan 29 2012, 12:34
- - RonaldDumsfeld   QUOTE what is kernel stream? Simply put - it...   Jan 29 2012, 12:48
|- - JackBlack9   QUOTE (RonaldDumsfeld @ Jan 29 2012, 12:4...   Jan 29 2012, 13:29
||- - Kohlrabi   QUOTE (JackBlack9 @ Jan 29 2012, 13:29) W...   Jan 29 2012, 14:34
||- - Wander   QUOTE (Kohlrabi @ Jan 29 2012, 14:34) To ...   Jan 29 2012, 14:46
|- - shakey_snake   QUOTE (RonaldDumsfeld @ Jan 29 2012, 06:4...   Jan 29 2012, 17:56
|- - JackBlack9   QUOTE (shakey_snake @ Jan 29 2012, 17:56)...   Jan 29 2012, 18:11
- - Wander   A lot of people, especially those who are not that...   Jan 29 2012, 14:14
- - JackBlack9   It's ok, sound is relative as almost everythin...   Jan 29 2012, 15:18
|- - Wander   To use WASAPI you need to download this component ...   Jan 29 2012, 15:28
- - db1989   He is saying that using Kernel Streaming will not ...   Jan 29 2012, 20:02
- - AudioTree   QUOTE (JackBlack9 @ Jan 28 2012, 15:59) I...   Feb 6 2012, 20:37


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