Music set-up sounds flat - help would be appreciated

18 replies
Found 19th Jun 2011
Hi guys,
I would be grateful for help please. I have the following system:

> Cyrus Power
> Cyrus Pre
> Mission 751

Which is connected to my pc in order to play MP3s.

Now, the music sounds flat and dull.

I am not sure why. At present, I only have one speaker plugged into the amp as I am waiting for connectors for the other speaker cable so I thought that may be the reason.

Alternatively, I thought that the speaker or amp could be blown.

Finally, maybe it is just uninteresting separates.

If there is anyone out there that could give me an educated guess or guidance, that would be much appreciated. Thank you

18 Comments


whatsThePoint

Have you got the speaker wire round the right way



Won't matter if only using one speaker.

Not got any headphones that you could try.

Banned

MP3s? No wonder, you should be listening to vinyl man.

the bitrate on your mp3s are too low?

Original Poster

I have thought about the Mp3s. They are 192. Not sure whether that would mess it all up.

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Silentone

Won't matter if only using one speaker.Not got any headphones that you … Won't matter if only using one speaker.Not got any headphones that you could try.



Do you mean plug the headphones into the amp? I am not sure whether I have the right connection

Davidben83

I have thought about the Mp3s. They are 192. Not sure whether that would … I have thought about the Mp3s. They are 192. Not sure whether that would mess it all up.



192 sounds worse on my headphones than 320. Try putting a CD in and playing directly from that and see if you get a better sound.
Edited by: "maximoshark" 19th Jun 2011

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maximoshark

192 sounds worse on my headphones than 320. Try putting a CD in and … 192 sounds worse on my headphones than 320. Try putting a CD in and playing directly from that and see if you get a better sound.



Brilliant idea, I will try that. Thanks

Davidben83

I have thought about the Mp3s. They are 192. Not sure whether that would … I have thought about the Mp3s. They are 192. Not sure whether that would mess it all up.


There's your problem, or at least there's a problem. If you've got Cryus kit you really should be using lossless (FLAC, ALAC, etc.) to get the most out of it.

Original Poster

I am quite prepared to delete my rubbish mp3s, convert them etc.

Original Poster

Thanks everyone for help. Much appreciated.

Davidben83

Thanks everyone for help. Much appreciated.



Was it the bitrate then? CD sound better?

Original Poster

At the moment, my computer is being used by my fiance. I will test it in about twenty minutes and report back

Nothing wrong with your amp/speakers, unless they're faulty, of course.

There's a hell of a difference between mp3 and CD which is much more noticeable with better equipment

My guess is that your PC/sound card is the weak point, what does a stand alone CD player input sound like ?
Edited by: "tarkus" 19th Jun 2011

Original Poster

The CD sounded better. But still not that good. Maybe my expectations are too high

Original Poster

I do not own a standalone CD so can not do that test. I might think about replacing the sound card.

u could try taking off your ear muffs, seriously though what is your definition of "flat and dull"?
sounds like a blown tweeter or crossover on the speaker, find a piece of music that has a drum section
dont know the speakers but if they are 3 way you will hear cymbals thru tweeters, snare thru the midrange and obviously the bass drum thru the woofer.

err stupid question but hasn't been mentioned have you got software installed on your pc which messes around with the graphic equaliser?

Since you have already tried a better audio source option this might be the issue that you do not get the sound you want? Could be set on padded cell mode
Edited by: "Nailez" 20th Jun 2011
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