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    MP3s

    Hi folks, have an audio question for you this time...it's not really related directly to Win 98SE but that's my OS so here goes

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    Re: MP3s

    Hi Willow:
    I don't have an answer, but if you don't get one here (wait a day or so), try posting over in the Software forum. There've been several discussions there in the past on ripping CDs.
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    Re: MP3s

    Hi Willow,

    The issue isn't the MP3 files. They are EXACT copies of the original music. The bitrate is not a factor here 'cause that just affects sound quality. In order to create smaller files the lower bitrates leave out certain sounds that are supposedly inaudable to the human ear. HAH !!!

    What Mp3 player are you using ??? Do you play the CDs from a stereo or the CD tray in the computer ??? It could be as simple as your soundcard not being up to the surround sound task.

    Let us know and we'll try to get you <img src=/S/groovin.gif border=0 alt=groovin width=21 height=21> to your MP3s from all sides !!! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>
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    Re: MP3s

    Doc, it's a DVD player. The speakers have been hard wired into the walls in our loungeroom, and my original CD's sound great, I just can't get MP3 discs to work on all speakers.
    Willow

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    Re: MP3s

    Hi Willow,

    I'm assuming that your DVD player is in your PC and that you have burned some MP3s to a CD or DVD and are attempting to play that disk with the DVD player. If my assumption is correct and you are working from your PC, try playing the MP3s directly from the HD and see if that makes a difference. If not, I'd still be leaning toward your sound card being the culprit. If the DVD player is a part of a home entertainment system then it could have something to do with the capabilities of the player to read the MP3s.

    I have a Dell 8250 with a 4 speaker / subwoofer setup and my MP3s sound GREAT. I also have an MP3 capable CD player in my car and use CDs with MP3s (about 120 songs to a disk) there as well. Sound comes through all speakers there as well.

    Can you give me a little more info on your hardware setup and how you are trying to playback the MP3s ??? It really sounds like a hardware issue. MP3s really are EXACT duplicates of the original excepting for the bitrate limitations I mentioned. WMF files are recorded at even lower bitrates to make the files even smaller, but there doesn't appear to be any discernable loss of quality or functionality there either. Most folks, myself included, prefer the MP3 file format.
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    I believe he is writing the discs on his PC as "MP3" (data) discs and then playing them on his home entertainment center DVD player. Many DVD players now play these MP3 discs.

    It also sounds to me like he is trying to burn "Surround Sound" 4-channel discs from 2-channel MP3 files. Since the MP3 files only typcially have 2-channels, I don't think you can make a Surround Sound data disc out of them. Has anyone seen 4-channel MP3's? I have not.

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    R2,
    I suspected as much, but was unaware that surround sound tracks were different from regular stereo, excepting that the sound was divided 4 ways instead of 2 by the hardware.

    Guess even an old dog can learn a new trick or two. You've piqed my curiosity and now I'll have to investigate further. Something to do on a rainy Friday night. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Talk about an education............. whatever I thought I knew about sound reproduction would fill a thimble compared to the ocean of information I found regarding surround sound. Go here for the whole story in a nutshell. Willow .... pay particular attention to Section 2. <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>

    On the bright side, technology is gradually finding a way to enhance the sound of MP3 files, with the hardware, to at least emulate the "surround sound experience" if not eventually duplicate it. For now though, there are ways to encode MP3 files to playback in surround sound. But they aren't cheap. Look here and here for some examples of these two technologies.
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    Thank you for the education! That first link is suberb. I should have said 6-channel surround sound -- or "5.1". <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    My pleasure. <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>

    The second two links are rather lame. Mearly examples,, as I was anxious to get back to the first link. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    AAARGGH, and I thought the old Beta v VHS wars were bad (yep, I was there). I didn't think I was going mad though, and a bloke at an nearby electornic store set me straight (I could tell he was into music as he belted his head on the counter in time with his walkman). Basically, the music we from our "normal" cd's are surround, but you can't expect to pack 10 CD's (give or take) into one MP3 without loosing something. Your were right to a point Doc, it is an exact copy for stereo, not for surround. That is what was throwing me re playing MP3 discs though a seperate DVD player. Now I know. <img src=/S/bash.gif border=0 alt=bash width=35 height=39>
    Thanks again
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    I will leave it too my regular message quote to sum up LOL....
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