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From: email@example.com (Nico Coesel)
Subject: Re: Music - Do numbers matter?
Date: Thu, 02 Jan 2003 19:25:52 GMT
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firstname.lastname@example.org (James Llort) wrote:
>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
You are probably refferring to clipping. 16 bits just isn't enough for
a good recording. It doesn't allow any headroom for the signal, also,
a signal has to be prepared for recording to make maximum use of the
The human ear has a range of 120dB which roughly translates into
20bits. If you can, buy a CD player which can handle the new 'super
audio' format (24bit @ 96kHz).
>hook up to my new system to listen to my MP3's. I have looked but been
What bitrate are your MP3's? Any MP3 with a bitrate lower than 196kbps
will contain audible distortion (this also depends on the encoder
>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'll always have phasing errors. Don't bother to buy expensive
wires, etc. Speakers are the key to a good sound system because the
speakers produce most of te distortion. For classical music I prefer
speakers without bass-reflex. Have you also considered headphones?
Sennheiser makes good ones (like HD433).
>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
I wouldn't buy a system with PMPO rating. It means it's really low
end. For your room, I would go for an amplifier and speakers which can
handle at least 100W RMS per channel.
Don't get tempted to buy small speakers and a sub-woofer. These
systems sound terrible. Some 'old-fashion' 2 or 3 way speakers are
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