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Subject: Re: Archos firmware sound vs Rockbox
From: Jean Boullier (jean.boullier_at_wanadoo.fr)
Date: 2003-05-18


Well, after 3 hours of intensive testing of various music styles on
Archos, standard rockbox and special soundcheck1 firmwares I am ashame
to confess that I cannot detect noticeable differences between the 3
firmwares. I don't know if my ears are too old or if the musics I like
are not adequate for perceiving the phenomenon (e.g. no techno, house,
heavy metal, hard rock, rap or drum and bass in general).

Since it was full night here I have tested only with the JBR headset and
not on my stereo system (I leave in a flat...). Though I suspect it was
the conditions where I had a chance to "see" something since on my
stereo I use all-flat adjustments (bass=treble=loudness=bass_boost=0)
while on the headset I have 9dB for the loudness and 50 % for the bass
boost parameters. And if my guess is correct about what Linus may have
changed I have no chance to find a difference with all-flat settings, no ?

Sorry... I shall try on the stereo system with true loudspeakers later
today Jean.

NB: Volume settting was at 85 all along, if that matters too.

Linus Nielsen Feltzing wrote:

> Andre Roessel wrote:
>
>> When I tried Rockbox at first, I got the same feeling, that the
>> ARCHOS sounds a liitle better at higher volumes (fewer distortions).
>> I spoke to myself, that this couldn.t really be. But now, when there
>> are others that share the same experience, maybe there is really an
>> issue that should be investigated.
>
>
> OK. Let's try this to begin with:
>
> http://linus.haxx.se/soundcheck1.ajz
>
> This is for the ordinary recorder, not FM. If you have an FM recorder,
> use this:
>
> http://linus.haxx.se/soundcheck1_fm.ajz
>
> I will not tell you what I have changed until you have tested it. I
> don't want to mislead you. Just try it and tell me how it sounds
> compared to the original firmware.
>
> Linus
>
>



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