An introduction to computer audio
This website covers the basics of using a computer as an audio source.
When I started a couple of years ago, I was completely blank.
Yes I knew that you can download a MP3 and play it over a pair of fancy desktop speakers. But I didn't realize that a computer could be a source for high quality audio too.
I entered the world of ID3, FLAC, WAV, MP3, MP4, AAC, AIFF, APE, WMAL, Codec, Cue sheet, CBR, VBR, WASAPI, DS, ASIO, Kernel, DS, DSP, UPnP, DLNA, Airplay, Freedb, AMG, Gracenotes, cover art, DAC, NAS, Router, adaptive USB, asynchronous USB, Toslink, AES/EBU, SPDIF, I2S, WMP, Foobar, JRiver, dBpoweramp, EAC, bit depth, sample rate, Nyquist, SRC, ASRC, 16/44, 16/48, 24/88, 24/96, 24/172, 24/192, PCM, DSD, DoP, CDtext, EMI, RFI, Transcoding, VST, DPC Lantency, PCI and a couple of other things you need to know.
A fascinating world but it takes some time to find your way.
Of course I didn't know all this when I started.
But I found out how to do it.
As I tend to forget these things, I take notes.
As I forget where I have left my notes, I put them all into this website.
This is simply my notebook and of course you are welcome to it too.
Many people seek advice and they choose who will give it to them. A person chooses an advisor who will give them the answers and advice that they want to hear.
Jean Paul Sartre
Herus, a small portable USB DAC doing 24/352 PCM, DXD, DSD64/128
UPnPlay, an Android player that supports the composer tag and can render long titles
There is a lot of talk about optimizing a PC for audio.
Minimizing is the name of the game. Archimago measured the jitter performance of various interfaces in relation to system load.
Roll your own custom fit in-ear monitors
Loudness in JRiver
Expanded the headphone section
Media players and classical
Tagging classical using JRiver
Comparing adaptive and asynchronous USB, a listening impression
The portability of tags in WAV is a problem. So big some even believe it is impossible to tag WAV.
dBpoweramp,,Foobar, JRiver Media Center, MusiCHI and MusicBee use the same convention and therefore can read each other’s tags. More...
All JRiver's options
Navigating in JRiver
As with all matters audio, it is the specific quality of implementation that matters rather than general design approach. The only way to know what will work well is to try it in one's own system.