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  1. No, its an internal sound card with no shielding at all. So its going to be vulnerable to EMI interference. If you want the best audio quality, look for an external DAC (and amp if needed), not an internal sound card. Around the $100 USD mark, the Schiit Fulla is probably the best choice as it is a decent DAC and Amp in one unit
  2. The industry standard software for the most part are FL Studio and Ableton live. Which are available on both windows and Mac Logic Pro X is mac exclusive and is still quite popular. I'm a windows user for the most part, but mac does have some advantages in terms of audio and support for various protocols relating to it that does make it easier to use in some situations. However I wouldn't say its "Better" Keep in mind a lot of the time its fashion. A producer or artist may be using a mac on stage, but in their studio they will be using a windows PC. Same reason as why you'll see artists/DJ's wearing beats headphones on stage or in promotional videos etc. But they sure as hell won't be using those for actual work. Fashion plays a big part in it. And macs are a fashion accessory to a fair extent
  3. 7digital and HDtracks are music stores. You pay for the music and its yours to keep (7digital is normally cheaper) Roon is either $100 annually or $500 for lifetime
  4. 7digital and HDTracks usually. About a quarter of them are from my Tidal/Qobuz library (Roon allows you to add songs from Tidal and Qobuz as well as local files)
  5. Personally I've always used Macrium Reflect. Free for personal use, super flexible and powerful. Great piece of software
  6. With that budget, Its hard to think of anything better than the Sennheiser HD6xx. For their price they're pretty unbeatable. Those are about £200, leaving you £200 for an amp+DAC. I'd strongly suggest the JDS atom. It really is the best amp around that price range and much better than the magni 3. Then, either a Grace SDAC if you can get your hands on one (ebay likely as its not always on drop), or a Schiit Modi 3 failing that. TLDR: -Sennheiser HD6xx from drop.com. Absolutely fantastic headphones -JDS atom amp -Grace SDAC if you can find one, Schiit Modi 3 if not (the Khadas tone board is also an exceptional DAC, and will sound better than the modi 3, but you'll need to get a chassis for it as its literally just the PCB, so thats an option if you're willing to do a bit of DIY)
  7. Same here Managed to get my entire library onto google drive for access anywhere too which is nice (thanks linus for showing us how to abuse G-Suite :P) 157 albums in 24 bit, 585 in 16bit Tracks: 1772 in 24 bit, 4671 in 16 bit
  8. The thing people often forget is, music in a high bitrate/format does not automatically make it sound great. The mastering of a song makes MUCH more of a difference than the file format or bitrate. In fact, most of the tracks that I have in my "mastering perfection" playlist are "only" 16/44.1khz. There's only a couple that are higher.
  9. I would strongly suggest avoiding MQA (masters) on tidal. MQA, despite what their marketing says is a LOSSY compression format. And it is bad for all sorts of reasons. The TLDR is that MQA essentially hides high frequency information inside other areas of the spectrum, which a MQA compatible player can "unfold" and a MQA certified hardware unit can unfold further. But the reality is, the audio IS altered, it is lossy, and also, due to how it works things such as EQ and DSP volume control can be adversely affected https://audiophilestyle.com/ca/reviews/mqa-a-review-of-controversies-concerns-and-cautions-r701/ https://www.linn.co.uk/blog/mqa-is-bad-for-music MQA should only be used in the situation where you NEED 96khz//24bit audio, but your internet connection is not fast enough to stream it. If it is, then actual un-altered high res FLAC is a better (and actually lossless) option
  10. Youtube's audio compression is really awful, Not sure why you would choose that over even spotify etc
  11. So i've done quite extensive testing with various streaming apps and playback services. TLDR: Tidal is probably the best overall. Especially if you're a student as you get 50% off. Just don't use their "Masters" option. If you can afford it, get "Roon" and play tidal or qobuz through that Main Post: Amazon, Tidal, and Qobuz all for the most part serve up the same FLAC as eachother. They're the same masters, and the FLAC itself is identical (I only know of a few tracks that differ depending on which service you use.). So from that perspective, none of them are any "better" than eachother. The main reasons in which they differ: -Available Library -Player quality -Price Price is entirely upto you. But for library, Amazon has the most music, though it varies in quality. Even within the same album. There may be tracks in an album available in some higher sample rates than some of the others, its weird. Also, amazon music's client currently has no WASAPI or ASIO output support, meaning you are forced to use the windows mixer. Therefore, no bit perfect output which for me rules it out as an option until that gets sorted. Tidal also has an excellent selection, that has MASSIVELY improved over the last couple years. The only downside is that their super high quality stuff is served in "MQA" format, which is a rabbithole thats too long for this thread, but the TLDR is that its bad for all sorts of reasons and exists basically just to generate licensing fees. So I view it pretty much as just 16bit 44.1khz FLAC only. (Which is still excellent. There's serious diminishing returns with higher quality flac than that) Qobuz has the smallest (though still a very good) selection. However it does have the most music available in high res FLAC. Formats such as 24bit 96khz or sometimes higher. And just straight FLAC, no need to bother with MQA or anything. Overall I'd say Tidal is probably the best due to the excellent library. Unless you REALLY want access to 96khz 24 bit stuff. But seriously unless you have some very high end gear it won't be an audible improvement. PLAYER: Main thing that separates the services is their players. Unfortunately, all of them are pretty bad. Amazon's doesn't even support exclusive mode output (WASAPI Exclusive or ASIO) Tidal's is somewhat harsh. Qobuz's is overall the best, but makes music sound warmer than it actually is. If you have $100 to spare, get Roon. Roon supports local files, as well as Tidal/Qobuz integration and is absolutely stellar. https://old.reddit.com/r/headphones/comments/c4ze3g/testing_to_see_if_tidal_uses_dspalters_their/
  12. +1 to the moondrop blessing. I absolutely love those things to bits. KXXS is nice but not not quite as good as the blessings. Ikko oh10 is also a decent option
  13. purely for meme purposes I got them back when radioshack was closing down for a great price. Thought I could flip them on ebay for a profit. Little did I know ebay is so flooded with fake beats that real ones are basically unsellable unless you're happy to sell them at about 20% rrp. Now I just keep them cause why not, and also, when I have a visitor or friend round who's curious about the high end audio stuff, it serves as a pretty good contrast to get them to try that, then try some 'proper' headphones.
  14. USB just means it has its own DAC in the dongle/cable. In general, motherboard audio is "Ok", with some boards having good DACs, and many having mediocre ones. However they will ALL be inside your PC and therefore subject to interference from the extremely EMI noisy environment of the inside of your PC, even with shielding. This problem is worsened if you're using the 3.5mm connector on your PC case, as in many cases that wire is unshielded and results in audible buzzing/noise compared to the 3.5mm output direct from the motherboard, due to the extra interference. TLDR: In order of preference: 1: The BEST option would be to use a good desktop DAC and 3.5mm headphones. 2: USB headphones 3: 3.5mm headphones connected to your motherboard 4: 3.5mm headphones connected to your case
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