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#1 2013-06-12 15:08:39

donkeyotay
#! CrunchBanger
From: Everywhere
Registered: 2011-01-28
Posts: 192

Ideas to improve sound quality

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#2 2013-06-12 15:31:28

cchhrriiss121212
#! Junkie
Registered: 2010-03-26
Posts: 357

Re: Ideas to improve sound quality

Here is how I would list audio components by importance:
Speakers
Amp
DAC
Source files

So first get good speakers, then a nice amp etc. Yes a DAC will make a difference, but it won't make up for poor sounding speakers.

On the software side, I would ignore any kind of EQ or post processing malarky.

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#3 2013-06-12 17:17:30

dgz
#! Junkie
Registered: 2011-11-22
Posts: 380

Re: Ideas to improve sound quality

my sound got better (less muddy and no occasional distortion) after removing pulseaudio.

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#4 2013-06-13 11:18:13

donkeyotay
#! CrunchBanger
From: Everywhere
Registered: 2011-01-28
Posts: 192

Re: Ideas to improve sound quality

Thanks for the replies.
I'm very happy with my speakers, which are powered (ie internal amplifier). I'm not sure how I can improve the variety of mp3, ogg & flac files I have, without ripping or downloading them all again (something for a quiet Sunday methinks smile )
Pulseaudio has been removed, so the only thing left to look at is maybe purchasing a DAC.
I may very well end up doing nothing because I can't really justify spending a lot of money on this if the end quality improvement will only be marginal.
Thoughts?

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#5 2013-06-13 11:29:08

cchhrriiss121212
#! Junkie
Registered: 2010-03-26
Posts: 357

Re: Ideas to improve sound quality

It's all about the hardware really, though you can improve sound by adjusting speaker placement. Keep them at ear height and away from the corners of the room.

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#6 2013-06-15 05:53:18

anonymous
The Mystery Member
From: Arch Linux Forums
Registered: 2008-11-29
Posts: 9,419

Re: Ideas to improve sound quality

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#7 2013-06-15 07:47:19

donkeyotay
#! CrunchBanger
From: Everywhere
Registered: 2011-01-28
Posts: 192

Re: Ideas to improve sound quality

At anonymous. It was ever thus smile

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#8 2013-06-15 11:53:52

brontosaurusrex
#! Red Menace
Registered: 2012-06-15
Posts: 1,643

Re: Ideas to improve sound quality

Repost your questions to hydrogenaudio.org

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