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Question Windows USB connected to DAC. Can adjust tone, etc?

I'm planning on connecting a media centre Windows PC via USB to a DAC (possibly an Arcam rDAC).

I was wondering though, is it possible to adjust the bass/treble via windows? Also, even better could I hook up a software graphics Equaliser?

I know most people would frown upon this, but I can see that there might be a need to tweak the sound of certain genres of songs, and/or tweak the sound to suit my room!

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I was wondering though, is it possible to adjust the bass/treble via windows? Also, even better could I hook up a software graphics Equaliser?
you should ask this at the HTPC topic. Short answer, yes you can, with the right software.

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I've never seen an equalizer utility within windows or Linux and I've been using both for almost 20 years. Since the DAC is connected via USB the windows/Linux operating systems should not have any control over the USB audio - which is what you want. The program you are using for playback is where you should look for equalizer control. I use FooBar2000 which has an equalizer built in with (IIRC) has about 15 channels of equalizer - I leave it flat - works for me. It decodes just about any format you might wish to play. Best thing is - its free and is IMO a very decent player. I've found substantial distortion when using an all around player like VLC Media Player and Windows Media Player. FooBar2000 only plays music - and does it well. I find the same distortion-free music using FooBar2000 whether its from USB (Emotiva XDA-1) or optical/coax from my Omega sound card.

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