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Old 03-18-01, 06:29 AM
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I have SB Live! Platinum and Live! Drive II. I have Sony HT-K215 speaker system. Right now I hooked up both of them with an optical cable. My amplifier detect the audio sample rate 48KHz. From what I know sound format such as mp3 files, wav files, CD Audio has 44.1 KHz sample rate. I can hook up both of them by stereo channel. Now I would to know if I hooked up both of them digitally by an optical cable, would the audio quality loss whenever I play files such as *.mp3, *.wav, cd audio? I need an explanation badly, could you share your knowledge on this matter? Thanks in advanced.
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Lemme see if I got this right...


Okaaaay, lemme see if I've got your question right here...

You have your computer hooked up to your Sony stereo system with a digital optical cable from your Sound Blaster Live Platinum, and you want to know if you will lose sound quality from the transfer when you play mp3s and wav files?

Umm... As far as i know, wav files and mp3s are digital, so you'd be transferring digital information on a digital signal over a digital optical cable... Right?

Then the answer to your question is no. You wouldn't be losing any kind of audio quality becuase all of the audio being transferred is digital. And it is not converted into analog sound until it hits your stereo receiver. So any quality or signal loss would occur with your reciever. However, when mp3s are encoded, there is inherent quality loss due to the large amount of data compression that is used to squish that 60MB wav file into a 5mb mp3. So you will probably notice a difference between mp3 music and wav audio music when you play it on your stereo through your computer.

So no, you will not lose quality at all... Or even if you do, it will be undetectable to the human ear.

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