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From: "Frank Bemelman"
Subject: Re: Music - Do numbers matter?
Date: Thu, 2 Jan 2003 14:20:24 +0100
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"g0mem" schreef in bericht
> "James Llort" wrote in message
> > Hi,
> > 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.
He is a liar. MP3 (128kb) sounds absolutely horrible, compared to CD,
no matter what your MP3 hardware is like. MP3-pro is a bit better.
CD isn't that bad at all, although the first CD players in 1983
using a single DAC for both channels weren't very accurate. Modern
CD players are very good, and you don't have to spend a fortune
on them. $200-$250 is okay. There is no such thing as 'stepping' on
modern CD players.
If he wants to throw his money away, he could buy a SACD/DVD player
but there isn't much audio material out on SACD. I don't think the
quality of the source matters in his case, so he better spends his
money on some decent loudspeakers. And perhaps a Yamaha home-theater
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