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Is there sound quality loss in 6mm to 3.5mm TRS adapter?

Assuming you are dealing with human audible audio transmitted as as a line level, analogue electrical signal, then No. To put it in perspective, if your signal is one that cannot be transmitted ...
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Should I use pedals for guitar effects while recording?

I wouldn't record using FX unless I was very sure about the end result I wanted and how it would sit in the mix, just to leave my options open since you can't go back and remove the FX. On the other ...
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Does converting an mp3 format audio file to m4a format makes audio quality better?

No. Once lossy formats are encoded, any data not saved within the file is lost. You could convert a lossy MP3 to a WAV or an M4A file but the quality of the WAV or M4A would be exactly the same as the ...
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Does sound lose quality if sped up and then slowed down back to normal speed?

It depends what method is used. If it's simply played back 'faster' without actually changing the data, then of course there is no lasting damage. This would be how a simple sampler would ordinarily ...
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In general, what's a good dB level at which to normalize my audio files?

In my experience, it all depends on where the audio is to be used next. If there is a limiter of some kind in the next phase of the process. Sometimes a limiter will be applied at varying levels ...
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Do XLR cables wear out?

Yes, they do wear out eventually. As pointed out already, the life time depends greatly on use and quality. Even with a cable that seemingly works sound quality may get drastically reduced. See below. ...
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Does sound quality increase if you play a video in High Definition?

In general, the creator of a video can choose any combination of video-quality and audio-quality. In practice, persons who know what they are doing, and also the automatic engines of YouTube (...
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Can differences between high quality audio formats be noticed on low quality headphones?

The short answer is "No". The long answer is: I did a study in university to find out if people can, as some people say, notice the difference between different audio codecs and different bit-rates of ...
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What makes low quality speakers become distorted when at high volume?

There are a number of factors involved here but mainly frequency response, transient response, signal to noise ratio (S/N) and total harmonic distortion (THD). Frequency response is largely dependent ...
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Best volume setting for audio capturing

Gain-staging without meters… Turn your output device [in this case your phone] up gradually, turning down your listening levels as you do this to keep the sound comfortable. If you start to hear ...
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Is there sound quality loss in 6mm to 3.5mm TRS adapter?

None whatsoever. Though I've heard that they can't take as much power for some reason. The reason we have 3.5mm plugs is because they allow for much smaller portable media as they take virtually no ...
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Is there sound quality loss in 6mm to 3.5mm TRS adapter?

The 6mm jack mainly exist for historical reasons. Long ago phone switchboards used this jack to connect callers. This was standardized for audio and was used in studios and home HiFi systems. The 3....
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In general, what's a good dB level at which to normalize my audio files?

Best practise these days when considering content normalization is not to normalize to an arbitrary peak level, but to consider programme content and overall loudness when conducting normalization ...
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In general, what's a good dB level at which to normalize my audio files?

If you normalize all of your samples to -0.1 dB, then use them in your DAW projects, you'll end up clipping your audio tracks all the time as soon as you use a plug-in. I use Pro Tools where the ...
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For optimal 3-way sound: should passive speakers be connected to my amplifier/mixer, or to the crossover of an active subwoofer?

Are the subwoofer crossover outputs indeed for passive speakers? Or are they intended for active speakers or amplifier? I would expect an active subwoofer to have the crossover at line level since ...
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Panning/stereo problem with Denon AH-MM200BK headphones

This very much sounds like the plugs are incompatible. Compare the looks of the two headphone jacks (those you actually plug in in case you use some kind of adapter), in particular the number of ...
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What makes low quality speakers become distorted when at high volume?

Schizomorph makes a solid answer for all the technical details, but I'm going to break it down more basically. Sound consists of pressure changes. A speaker makes sound by moving a diaphragm that ...
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What is the difference in controlling volume through the software application, the system, and hardware?

This is known as gain-staging. In a pro environment this is done by watching the meters at each stage, setting levels to give the highest signal without ever going near distortion (leaving headroom). ...
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Is the quality of a DAC related to software implementation?

The ADC (Analog-to-digital converter) and the DAC (Digital-to-analog converter are the gateways between the real analog world of electrons and the digital binary world; While it is possible that some ...
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Is the quality of a DAC related to software implementation?

Your title question is different to the main question you ask in the body of your post, so you may want to change it a little! However, in response to your main question:- DACs, whether external ...
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FLAC --bps setting real meaning

According to the man page, --bps specifies the bits per sample. As far as I can tell, this parameter controls the data that will be encoded using FLAC, and can have a lossy effect. For example, here's ...
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What' is the best piece of hardware to use for recording DJ sets?

I'm no expert on portable recording devices, but I'd say your best choice for quality is to buy a portable recorder with a S/PDIF coax input. That way, there's no D/A-A/D conversion. I just did a ...
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Is there a way to increase WAV quality?

Make sure the waveform does not peak at zero. In theory, you can normalize an audio waveform to zero and it is correct, but in practice, that will cause clipping in some playback situations. Clipping ...
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How is compression quality related to sample rate?

It has nothing to do with the Nyquist frequency, because you correctly state that there is no significant energy above 20 kHz, and we wouldn't be able to hear that anyway. If you over-sample a ...
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How is compression quality related to sample rate?

basically if the sound you have recorded is across the sound spectrum as a whole then that would translate to the sample rate.so fuller sound more possibilities of compression without disturbing the ...
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Check if www.listentoyoutube.com provides exact audio copy

What you can do Download your video from this website with (lossless) settings and desired quality: cconverter make a checksum of both audio files The one downloaded by listentoyoutube and the one ...
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Macbook's DAC vs external / in-speaker DAC

I have a 2008 Macbook hooked up via headphone jack to my McIntosh receiver. The sound is incredible (this is also true for my 2004 Dell laptop). I have a much newer HP laptop that puts out terrible ...
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Macbook's DAC vs external / in-speaker DAC

For the large part the quality of the DAC is like any other quality/price assessment: You get what you pay for. A cheap speaker set is not likely to contain a DAC better than the one in your ...
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Furman power conditioner - can I use with a power bar to expand my outputs?

You should be fine plugging your power bar into the furman (i do the same thing) as long as you don't pull too much current. The pl-8c has a 15amp 'breaker' on it, so don't exceed that. I don't ...
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Do all Focusrite Saffire range products use same inputs and outputs?

Based on cursory look at the website they seem to share a fairly similar feature set. My guess is that they use extremely similar components and even if they were to use different circuitry they'd ...
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