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Opinion needed on mods that improve sound quality

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This mod was just uploaded on nexus: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/17035?tab=description

Another from Myania was already available for music: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/4968/

These two mods claim to improve the sound quality by resampling (48Kbps to 192Kbps) from higher quality PS4 sound files, which results in higher definition sound - but also on much larger files.

Should there be an impact on game performance for having to load such larger files? Any other reason to not install this?

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With a dedicated sound card the difference would be the most obvious, as well as better performance than on-board sound chips, which may hiccup on larger files- but it really depends how well the chip can handle the paging load. An SSD is certainly recommended to minimise in-game loading times.

It also kind of depends on the precision of the original waveform as to the actual perceivable difference in sound quality, perhaps request the author to provide samples at 96kbs and test?

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They did put up a comparison video now, it can be found here: https://youtu.be/qB1jJb0vHII

It is uploaded on youtube though and I frankly have no idea if youtube messes with the sound compression when you upload videos there.

Personally I have a shitty realtek onboard card so the difference is not large enough for me to bother with a 8GB download. I also wonder why it is released as loose files and not as BSA. BSA would decrease loading times, save space and still overwrite vanilla sounds afaik?

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