excuse my ignorance on this matter but i am suddenly having a problem i can't figure out. i upggraded my cd drive, installed a new m-audio 192 sound card and added a 1 Tb western digital external drive to my dell xp desktop. i started transferring my songs via apple lossless and itunes to the drive. now it seems like the music is veiled. i tried playing a cd without buring to the system as well with similar results. it seems if i use the windows media player it sounds better but it is far from similar to original. i tried foobar 2000 with the same results. i can't figure out whats wrong so i am turning to the forum gurus for help! i am listening through monsoons normally but i have even tried plugging in my powered quads with no luck other than realizing how different the server is vs. the original.
It's possible that the sound card might take time to break in but it's much more likely that there is some setting in the sound card that isn't configured for the optimum sound. Sorry I can't be more specific but I don't have any experience with that card.
Before you got the new card, what were you listening to and how? (analog outs?, digital outs?, etc.)
What are you listening to now? (digital out on card to DAC? Analog out on card?)
i used internal sound card that came from dell (upgraded when i bought computer to creative sound card-don't remember which one) and i used internal hard drive. never used foobar before. otherwise everything else the same.
The analog outs on your new card should sound at least as good as the Creative Labs card.
I don't know what would make it sound veiled.
All I can suggest is to make sure that all digital processing (such as EQ, normalizing, reverb, etc.) are off on your player. These sorts of things can do odd things to the sound.
thought i'd end this post on a happy note. system is now fine. i upgraded xp's bios, found out that the cable from the motherboard to the cd drive was defective, and installed another cd drive just to be sure. so far so good. thanks to those that responded for suggestions!
The problem you were having was exceedingly odd. Thanks for the explanation.