Most cost effective way to store cd's - diyAudio
Go Back   Home > Forums > Source & Line > Digital Source

Digital Source Digital Players and Recorders: CD , SACD , Tape, Memory Card, etc.

Please consider donating to help us continue to serve you.

Ads on/off / Custom Title / More PMs / More album space / Advanced printing & mass image saving
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 30th December 2009, 07:39 AM   #1
jerryo is offline jerryo  Isle of Man
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Default Most cost effective way to store cd's

I have done a couple searches but have not found quite what I am looking for. Well, I'm not sure!?
I would like to rip all my cd's to a hard drive with no compression and then play them on my main stereo with as little fuss and cost as possible.
How do I do this?
Is there a "one box" solution?
There are some pretty cheap stand alone Terabyte hard drives available; is this the way to go?.
I must say that the multitude of audio files being used leaves me a little confused so I would be grateful for some advice on this.
Happy New Year to you all.
  Reply With Quote
Old 30th December 2009, 09:56 PM   #2
Glowbug is offline Glowbug  United States
diyAudio Member
 
Glowbug's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Hillsborough, NC/McLean, VA
Google "Exact Audio Copy". That's what I'd use to do the initial ripping.

I know you said no compression, but FLAC is a great-sounding format that's widely supported.

Quote:
Is there a "one box" solution?
Sooloos and McIntosh both offer their own; but like anything, you could do your own and not be tied into their system.

Quote:
There are some pretty cheap stand alone Terabyte hard drives available; is this the way to go?.
Just make sure to buy 2 of them...one for the music server, and one for a full backup

The DAC is going to be the biggest expense...and there are some neat DIY projects for those. The Twisted Pear DAC kits have been getting a lot of good reviews...I only had a chance to see one in person, not hear it
__________________
Jim J.
  Reply With Quote
Old 30th December 2009, 10:24 PM   #3
SY is offline SY  United States
diyAudio Moderator
 
SY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Chicagoland
Blog Entries: 1
I got a terabyte drive for $69 and used EAC to load in all my CDs. Using an M-Audio Audiophile 192 card, I've had no desire to go back to my CD player.

This was waaaaay cheaper than buying a CD rack.
__________________
You might be screaming "No, no, no" and all they hear is "Who wants cake?" Let me tell you something: They all do. They all want cake.- Wilford Brimley
  Reply With Quote
Old 31st December 2009, 12:49 AM   #4
jlsem is offline jlsem  United States
diyAudio Member
 
jlsem's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Dallas,TX
What'd ya do with the cds?

John
__________________
When an LP gets scratched it still makes sense; when CDs crack up they go completely senile and gibber incontinently. - Hugo Williams
  Reply With Quote
Old 31st December 2009, 01:24 AM   #5
SY is offline SY  United States
diyAudio Moderator
 
SY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Chicagoland
Blog Entries: 1
Boxes in the closet.
__________________
You might be screaming "No, no, no" and all they hear is "Who wants cake?" Let me tell you something: They all do. They all want cake.- Wilford Brimley
  Reply With Quote
Old 31st December 2009, 03:38 AM   #6
jlsem is offline jlsem  United States
diyAudio Member
 
jlsem's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Dallas,TX
Quote:
Originally Posted by SY View Post
Boxes in the closet.
The story of my life...

John
__________________
When an LP gets scratched it still makes sense; when CDs crack up they go completely senile and gibber incontinently. - Hugo Williams
  Reply With Quote
Old 31st December 2009, 04:18 AM   #7
okkyn is offline okkyn  Singapore
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Bukit Panjang
Quote:
Originally Posted by jlsem View Post
The story of my life...

John
We rip the CDs, and sell them on eBay afterward. Is that the same as piracy (I am asking).. ;-)
  Reply With Quote
Old 31st December 2009, 07:59 AM   #8
dangus is offline dangus  Canada
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Vancouver Island
When I saw the topic, I thought it would be about storing physical CDs. One solution I've been using is plastic storage drawers that just happened to be the perfect width and height to hold two rows of CDs. Tragically, the design was revised so the front panel is curved instead of flat. They weren't marketed as CD storage; I stumbled over them by trying various plastic storage tubs and drawers for fit with a CD case at Walmart.

Flac and other lossless formats have the advantage of holding tags for artist, title, etc, which wave files can't do. Ape is another option, if you prefer three letter filename extensions and/or monkeys.

In Canada, Walmart has some "Ultra Speed" USB drives in sizes like 640G, 1T, and 1.5T at reasonable prices. I'd feared they be stuffed with some no-name drive, but reports at RedFlagDeals suggested that many of them use WD "Green" SATA drives. That's what was inside the 1.5T version I bought. Since I don't have a second drive as a mirror, my strategy is to save the flacs and mp3s to DVD-R (two copies, two different brands of media). At around 20 cents per DVD-R, this is cheap insurance. The DVDs are numbered, and dir /b > album_xxx_flac.txt keeps a record of the contents.

Even if you have mirrored drives for media storage, it would be reasonable to keep a USB drive or the DVD-R backups off-site someplace like the office or with a friend.
  Reply With Quote
Old 31st December 2009, 08:21 AM   #9
jerryo is offline jerryo  Isle of Man
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Thanks for the replies, they are all useful.
It took me some years to adopt the CD format, and now these seem to be moving away into history to be replaced with music servers and solid state drives of one sort or another. I guess I just need to do a bit of "catch up"!!!
I have seen a media storage device made by Olive HiFi which would be ideal, but it is very expensive, although it does seem to offer everything that I would like as a source.
There is a device made by "Brennan" but this uses compression and also has a built in amplifer, so thats a no..........
I "will" do a search but can anyone point me to a website that covers recording from cd's to hard drives and the various file formats that exist? This would be of great help.
Thank you
Happy New Year
  Reply With Quote
Old 31st December 2009, 09:13 AM   #10
SY is offline SY  United States
diyAudio Moderator
 
SY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Chicagoland
Blog Entries: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by okkyn View Post
We rip the CDs, and sell them on eBay afterward. Is that the same as piracy (I am asking).. ;-)
Yes. It's illegal, and the RIAA has been quite aggressive in pursuing people and making their lives miserable, even across jurisdictional lines.
__________________
You might be screaming "No, no, no" and all they hear is "Who wants cake?" Let me tell you something: They all do. They all want cake.- Wilford Brimley
  Reply With Quote

Reply


Hide this!Advertise here!
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cost-effective audio cap relycap Vendor's Bazaar 0 27th September 2009 03:56 PM
Most cost effective active set up ? jerryo Class D 0 20th November 2007 03:56 PM
Cost-effective bass extension from 65Hz Nuuk Subwoofers 36 6th February 2004 08:05 PM
Cost Effective Upgrade Replacement For AD817? fastcat95 Solid State 3 8th August 2003 06:58 PM
Cost effective upgrades Pan Solid State 4 9th April 2003 12:09 AM


New To Site? Need Help?

All times are GMT. The time now is 12:13 AM.


vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright 1999-2014 diyAudio

Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2