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Old 31st October 2003, 08:59 PM   #11
Arx is offline Arx  Canada
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Default Unfortunate state of the industry.

Yeah, Unfortunatly a sound card/vorbis encoding seems to be the only practical way to go for me. It's nice to be able to punch play, and listen to anything in my cd collection without all the screwing around.

Although I fear I may hijack my own thread here, does anyone know of an inexpensive sound card that
1. Doesn't resample everything to 48khz, and
2. Has some prevision for getting a 1:1 output out of the dac.

I've tried a tonne of cards, and they all suck IMO.

Running a Turtle beach santa cruz right now, and it sucks a little less than most of the others i've tried, but I still can't stand not being able to get all 16 bits straight out the dac, and into my amplifier.

Now nobody reply telling me that I should be using vinyl, or whatever, and i'm going to absolutely freak if I hear one more comment about how lossy compression sucks, and that I should buy a 200g hard drive so I can run lossless.

I hate that almost as much as whoever is responsible for calling Xing encoded 128kbit mp3 CD-Quality.

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Old 1st November 2003, 02:13 AM   #12
Nelson Pass is offline Nelson Pass  United States
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Are huge DC blocking caps on Zen ok?
I have no interest in pulling MP3's off the net, but I do use EAC
to rip WAV files off my collection and it links to the LAME MP3
encoder in the background. Both are freely downloadable off
the net. The guy who wrote EAC is a genius in my opinion,
and if you go with his recommendations for the LAME settings,
you get the best sounding MP3's I have heard yet. Much
reduced "schwing" on the top end, and other such artifacts.

And they give it away.
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Old 1st November 2003, 02:42 AM   #13
Sandy H. is offline Sandy H.  United States
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But, wait a second, if the guy did something that well, why would he give it away????

Oh. Look who I'm talking to.

Thanks, Nelson! I hope to do it as well someday.

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Old 3rd November 2003, 07:38 PM   #14
Arx is offline Arx  Canada
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Yeah, I had pretty good luck with lame, although I usually use OGG Vorbis now. It's also free, and seems to give better quality at a given bit rate.

Another good free program is CD'n'Go which does pretty much the same thing, and gives you a choice in encoders.

Only problem i've ever had with it was on my old cdrom, It would occasionally stutter at the very beginning of a rip, although it was rare.
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