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Old 5th October 2006, 04:33 PM   #1
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Hi Guys,
I am basically new to the digital domain, at least as it related to audio and this forum (coming from speaker and amp forums). I have been ripping CDs ossless wav format to my HD. I am thinking I did not lose (jitter) in this process. I have an M-Audio SPDIF output to an external DAC that I disconnected from my Cal Labs Transport. First brief listen sounded pretty good, but need a more thouroug eval. I am thinking this path should result in a decent reproduction, but that is a somewhat ignorant thought. What should I be concerned about? Can the rip introduce any clock errors? What is the USP/Is2 interface?
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Old 5th October 2006, 08:46 PM   #2
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Copying a CD to a hard drive is just bits, no timing is involved.

It's only when you get into reproducing that music in real time that the timing of the bits matters.

You could save yourself some hard drive space by using a lossless compression codec like WMA lossless. It still uncompresses into a bit-perfect copy of the original.
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Old 5th October 2006, 08:56 PM   #3
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preiter, thanks for getting back. I thought about the wma, but was not sure it was as ubiquitous as wav and I did not know exactly where I was going with this whole thing. What are my options as far as getting/playing from the HD? Is the Windows Media Player and M-Audio output combination "hi-fi"?
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I'd rather use FLAC as a codec because it's open source and supported by most players (foobar2k etc).

As for sound quality, since you use the digital output, it should be good !
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Old 6th October 2006, 04:13 PM   #5
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peufeu,
What program will I need to rip using FLAC? I did not see it as an option on Windows Media Player. Actually, this whole rip/burn thing kind of snuck on me, but now that I know I can get quality sound from a HD library, I should look into something other than the bundled MS WMP.

What are my options for rip/burn... software?
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Old 6th October 2006, 05:03 PM   #6
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download this and learn to use it, it's good :

http://exactaudiocopy.de
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download this and learn to use it, it's good :

http://exactaudiocopy.de
More info at www.hydrogenaudio.org for PC audio.
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Old 6th October 2006, 11:01 PM   #8
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I tried using FLAC and it doesn't seem to have the greatest support for ID3 tags. I have a program that will let me tag FLAC files, but my media players don't seem to recognize it.

For playback your options are many, Windows Media Player and Winamp are the most popular.

With a wireless router, you can use a networked media player like the Roku Soundbridge or the Slim Devices Squeezebox to play your music from anywhere in the house.

Then there are portables like the IPod.
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Old 13th October 2006, 04:47 PM   #9
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Thanks, all for your replies. This has/will be very informative to me.
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