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Albertporter

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Tonal Balance
« on: September 25, 2013, 12:29:17 am »

I purchased JRiver 19, Sept 17th and currently running 18.0.216.  I have a year old Mac Mini and control it from my iPad with JRiver app.

I came to JRiver having owned Amarra and Channel D plus Apple Remote.   

Almost everything about JRiver is better except for the sound.  There is a very hard leading edge and excessive treble on all my music and I have a lot of songs.  Currently 6.2TB on a DataTale (8TB capacity) drive.  Dynamics are good, album art is good, and the JRiver iPad app works great but the treble, brightness and sibilance are killing me.

Even HD Tracks downloads and no compression FLAC from great sounding CDs seem bright compared to my two previous programs. 

I read in these forums the Windows version uses a different engine the Mac version "may" soon get.   Will that plus upgrades coming in JRiver 19 improve on the sound?  If not, do you have any suggestions?
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Re: Tonal Balance
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2013, 06:09:38 am »

Why are you running 216 and not 218?
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Re: Tonal Balance
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2013, 11:12:37 am »

You can use Audio Path to see exactly what MC is doing:
http://wiki.jriver.com/index.php/Audio_Path

Double check your volume sliders, especially the system slider.

Make sure you're doing blind comparisons.  Get someone else to help if necessary.
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Albertporter

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Re: Tonal Balance
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2013, 09:07:33 pm »

Why are you running 216 and not 218?

My error typing.  I have 218.

Thanks
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Albertporter

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Re: Tonal Balance
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2013, 09:29:58 pm »

You can use Audio Path to see exactly what MC is doing:
http://wiki.jriver.com/index.php/Audio_Path

Double check your volume sliders, especially the system slider.

Make sure you're doing blind comparisons.  Get someone else to help if necessary.

Perfectly aimed advice, I'll check those sliders and settings.  I am so new to JRiver I suspect there are many places where I may have selected the wrong option and possibly damaged sound. 

As for comparison against previous software,  I uninstalled them, so that's difficult and last, I don't do blind tests.   That's an argument that could fill a hundred forums pages and not be resolved  ;)
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