Turn your PC into Hi-Fi monster with QOLabs Studio SoundFX Acuity plugin
Friday, April 6, 2012 3:00:18 PM
What is QOLabs Studio SoundFX Acuity?
It's a Winamp plugin that makes usual MP3 music sound much more rich and detailed without adding stupid nonsense effects to the music. It can resample music with insane precision up to 192kHz (you need quite powerful CPU for skip free listening), enhance highs with 3 different tweeter settings (Silk dome, Titanium or Aluminium tweeter), enhance bass in 3 settings.
What you really need for good listening experience?
- Winamp music player
- MAD Input Decoder Plugin
- QOLabs Studio SoundFX Acuity Plugin
- good soundcard preferably a high end Auzentech, ASUS or Creative Labs soundcard
- decent pair of PC speakers, something from Creative GigaWorks series or Altec Lansing high end series will do just fine
After you install all the above, i recommend that you play with the settings a bit. Not all soundcards and speakers behave the same so you really need to find settings that suits your preference best.
It also won't turn crappy 64 or 96kbps 22.5kHz MP3's into "high definition", but it will help with usual 128+ kbps 44.1kHz MP3's.
I've tried it on my Altec Lansing speakers powered laptop and also Altec Lansing (MX5021) powered PC using Auzentech X-Fi Forte. And the results are very impressive. The change is not drastic but with subtle added detail and depth helps a lot. Try it and hear it yourself. Don't forget to comment on what you think about it and tell us what setup was used (soundcard, speakers and so on).