Re: [LAU] How much does my new SB Extigy suck and why?

From: Bearcat M. Sandor <>
Date: Thu Sep 06 2007 - 18:58:04 EEST


Strange that they'd use one set of drivers for the front and rear. Huh. I try
to keep my volume down at those levels too and it does seem to make a

Can you explain why we seem to have 2 "Master" sliders and 2 "Line-In"

Strangely enough, i was so distressed by the sound yesterday that i took it
out of the system and re-introduced my Nvidia chip-set ("Hi, Nvidia meet my
Carver amp. Again."), When i listened to it carefully it only sounded a
little better, but more to the point the smoke damage was showing again with
channel drop-outs.

So i re-reintroduced the SB ("Hey SB meet my Carver amp. Again." Carver: "Will
you quit talking to me?! I'm just trying to sit here an hum by myself"). I
recompiled my kernel and alsa-libs and fired it up. It actually sounded OK.
Then i played a track through mplayer with a switch of -srate 48000 and it
sounded better still.

I donno why i sounds better this time, but hearing is *so* based on
expectations. It's not great, but it will do till i can afford something
better. I wonder how much better the M-Audo Audiophile sounds?

As far as your Tascam goes i might consider that. How much do you want for it
and how much higher is the sound quality? All i need is stereo out + line-in
for mythtv.



On Thursday 06 September 2007 in an email titled "Re: [LAU] How much does my
new SB Extigy suck and why?" Arnold Krille wrote:
>Am Mittwoch, 5. September 2007 schrieb Bearcat M. Sandor:
>> If you're hearing the same thing i am, then it can't just be the bit rate
>> conversions. I'm thinking there is an exceptionally poor D/A converter in
>> there in the first place.
>I think it has to do with the converters (maybe both DA and resampling) but
> it only seem to happen at higher volumes. So I am turning the volume down
> to 80% on master and 80% on PCM and leave it there.
>And on the sblive the converters for rear are better then the front ones,
>because front (and line-in and mic-in connected at the board) are feed
>through a ac97 while the rear-channels and all the external plugs on the
>livedrive are through the emu10k1.
>> Also, if you're hearing what i am, how can you stand it?
>I don't use the full volume scale. And for professional use I do have two
>external devices :-) (Tascam US-122 (anyone interested in buying it?) and a
>Presonus FirePod)
>> I'm asking all of these questions, not just because i am an audiophile
>> snob, but because i want to learn as much as i can about this stuff.
>Hey, if you are an audiophile snob, maybe I can sell you some
>extra-super-duper extremely high quality cables(*)?
>Sorry, was temporarily trapped in irony-mode for the last paragraph. :-)
>(*) Of course they are unshielded. Shielding on these class of cables costs

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