From: email@example.com (James Llort)
Subject: Music - Do numbers matter?
Date: 2 Jan 2003 00:56:44 -0800
NNTP-Posting-Date: 2 Jan 2003 08:56:44 GMT
I'm after a new sound system for my studio. I have very sensitive ears
so sound quality is of the upmost importance. I mostly enjoy classical
mustic, and I can hear the nasty 'stepping' on CD players as the
wonderful sound is horribly broken up into chunks with the digital
scheme. I'm guessing this is because my old system uses a duel "1 bit"
ADC. This brings me to my first question: How many bits can a human
ear detect? I would have thought an 8 bit sound card from my old 286
would offer better sound quality, but it is rather nasty I'm afraid.
My 32 bit sound card isn't much chop either - I want a sound card to
hook up to my new system to listen to my MP3's. I have looked but been
unable to locate 128 bit soundcards - I guess companies like Creative
only care out the 'leaded ear majority'. Does anyone know of an
excellant sound card without digital stepping? I'd prefer an optical
output of some sort to prevent phasing errors.
Now, to the meat of my question: What is the best sound system money
can buy(for under 5 grand)? I need your advice. This is for a small
room, roughly 15 by 15 feet. My problem is that I am 'super-size' and
find it very difficult to leave my house. No flames please, it's
genetic. But I degress...
Thanks to the internet, I have collected much technical information
from a varity of sound systems. Do all these numbers mean anything to
the ear, or is it all meaningless. Would I be better off with 40 WRMS
or 500WPMPO (whatever that means). I have been looking at quality
brands like Sony , Phillips and AudioPro. My problem is that because
of my weight I cannot listen to the systems in question - I'll have to
buy based only on audiophile magizine reviews and numbers. Which one
should I trust more? The "golden ears" who have listened to the music,
or the numbers?
This is not meant as a troll, I am genuinly interested.
Dr James Llort,
Department of Music
1061 Freehafer Hall (FREH)
West Lafayette, IN 47907-1061