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Subject: Re: Music - Do numbers matter?
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Date: Thu, 2 Jan 2003 12:52:31 -0000
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"James Llort" wrote in message
> 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.
You can here the nasty stepping on CDs? Yet your happy listening to MP3s,
and they are recorded in 16bit aswell, usually sampled from 16bit CDs. And
you don't notice the artifacts of the MP3 compression with your 'very
sensitive' ears!!. You want quality try DVD audio.
There is no such thing as a 128 bit soundcard. Things like Soundblaster128
refer to 128 MIDI voices, not the number of bits used. 32 bit soundcard? are
you referring to the Soundblaster AWE32 or similar (32 MIDI voices), or the
32 bit PCI interface??
> 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...
Quality for 5 grand (Dollars or Euros?) get a Linn system
> 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?
WPMPO means 'Watts Peak Maximum Power Output', in other words all the
wattage of the channels combimed running at absolute maximum power. And
usually manufacturers of cheap stuff quote thinks like PMPO rather than true
RMS. Sometimes PMPO can be very optimistic, I've seen cheap $10 PC speakers
quoted at 600watts PMPO, and the RMS value is 5 watts (if that).
As for 'Golden Ears' or 'going by the mumbers', listen to the stuff
yourself. Your own 'Golden Ears' are the best guide as to what sounds good
Just how big are you?? Do you live in a Trailer or a Bedsit or something?
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