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eamon123
post Oct 18 2012, 11:06
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Foobar2000
SoX resampler
WASAPI bit-perfect output
FiiO E7
NAD Stereo Integrated Amplifier 310
Mission 731 2-way reflex 25-75 W 8 Ohm speaker pair

http://foobar2000.org
http://sox.sourceforge.net/SoX/Resampling
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/wi...5(v=vs.85).aspx
http://nwavguy.blogspot.ie/2011/05/fiio-e7-usb-dac-amp.html
http://www.audioreview.com/cat/amplificati...11_2717crx.aspx
http://www.audioreview.com/cat/speakers/fl...59_1594crx.aspx

My desk is solid oak so bass and mids resonate through it beautifully. Especially since the speakers sit directly on it and they are heavy (3.5 kg). The problem with this is that my monitor sits directly between the speakers and it's in the middle of the oak so there are sound waves coming from left and right and up through the stand resulting in boomy resonance.



Here is how I have overcome this.





The pillow does two jobs - it deadens vibrations in the monitor and, because the monitors and speakers are arranged like a box against the wall, it helps to dampen resonances / amplification there too:

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Arnold B. Kruege...
post Oct 18 2012, 19:59
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QUOTE (eamon123 @ Oct 18 2012, 06:06) *
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Where is the subwoofer? ;-)
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post Oct 19 2012, 10:12
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QUOTE (eamon123 @ Oct 18 2012, 06:06) *
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Where is the subwoofer? ;-)
You didn't need a smiley. It takes "lucky" placement to get reasonable bass out of small speakers, and it's rarely the placement that optimises the sound quality of the rest of the frequency range. Having a well placed sub to take care of bass frequencies frees you to place the small speakers in a better location. However, sometimes the room is just too small for this to work, and a sub is overwhelming, or bad value for money for the difference it makes. Often the biggest audible difference is outside the room, which can be a bigger problem!

The best sounding speakers don't sit at the back of a desk near the wall of a room. Ideally you need the sound to hit your ears before it hits anything else - or at least, any reflections need to reach your ears as long as possible after the direct sound, not all merged in with it.

I wouldn't change any of the equipment. I'm not sure about the fb2k resampler settings, but I wouldn't worry about them too much for now.

What I'd do is try the speakers in different positions around the room. If you don't have stands, try cardboard boxes or piles of books to support them at ear height (just for testing - you need proper stands if you find a good sounding position away from the desk). If you have friends around and they already think you're mad, get them to hold the speakers while you listen. You might find a location that works really well.

If you primarily listen at your desk, then you may have the best location already. You could try raising them, and/or bringing everything a little away from the wall, but it may sound worse.

Some people do some funky things... (just used Google Image Search with the terms ikea expedit record dj because I knew I'd seen some "interesting" speaker mounting techniques there)...
http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?...&p=66810254 (second pic)
http://www.djtechtools.com/2011/10/16/how-...rom-ikea-parts/
...but I don't know what they sound like.

Cheers,
David.
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