Can Loud Music Add Hard Drive Latency? Does it Matter?

Note that this ad hoc demonstration does not represent proof, let alone applicability to home playback environments. Also, extensive use of caching in player software would seem to negate this effect in sound systems.

However, perhaps this is why some austensibly-sensible audiophiles report better sonics with solid state drives (SSDs)?

Thanks to PeterT for pointing this out to me, from reporting in the San Francisco Chronicle.



Monday, December 5th, 2011 Audiophile, Bob, General, Music Server, News, Technical

1 Comment to Can Loud Music Add Hard Drive Latency? Does it Matter?

  1. A very good article for many reasons. That being said, I would have liked to see more commentary on loudness levels obtainable for very low frequency sounds in a typical listening room. It was interesting to see the reference to loudness levels increasing in rooms as the frequency lowers. Their lowest frequency reference was to a 9dB increase at 100Hz.

    I have heard many references to smallish rooms not being able to support low frequencies. So I have many unanswered questions still. For instance my listening room is 18′ x 14′ x 9′ and some bass notes don’t have much strength unless I’m standing in a corner or even through the 5′ opening into the dining area. The worst place for hearing low frequencies is in the middle of the room yet that is where they put the listener/microphone in their reference to room testing.

    Before I decide to invest in very-low-frequency-going subwoofers I would like to know if they would even help given my room limitations and the fact that my speakers already are full-range to the mid 30Hz region.

    I have discovered that when I do five speaker sound (four of them being full-range) as opposed to two-channel that the dynamic range and impact of the music in the room is greatly enhanced.

    Anyone like to comment?

    Vincent Sauve

  2. skepica on December 15th, 2011