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Old 4th April 2013, 04:32 PM   #1
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Default Free ripping and playing options for MacOS 10.4?

I'm trying to piece together a hi-fi PC based system on a shoestring budget with as much of my existing equipment as possible.

For a DAC I have a USB Tenor TE7022 board spliced into an old TDA1541 CD player with tube output.

My source is an old Mac laptop running OS 10.4, which limits compatible free software options. So far I've been using XLD to rip some CDs. I've been auditioning two players: Play and Vox.

Vox is dynamic but a bit boomy in the low end. Play is smoother and more balanced, but lacks the "life" of Vox.

I've been trying both AIFF and FLAC 16/44.1 files created by XLD. Strangely, the FLAC files hide behind an audible, albeit thin, veil when compared to AIFF playback.

1. Are there any other compatible free ripping and/or playing programs worth auditioning?
2. Do I need to tweak settings in XLD to get FLAC files that aren't so "shy"?

Last edited by themartianboy; 4th April 2013 at 04:43 PM. Reason: clarification
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Old 5th April 2013, 07:36 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by themartianboy View Post
1. Are there any other compatible free ripping and/or playing programs worth auditioning?
MAX from Stephen F. Booth is a very handy front end for ripping/transcoding.
I've still not found the ideal free player under OS X, but you can try Audirvana, Cog, Play and Vox.
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Old 6th April 2013, 05:04 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply! Audirvana is not compatible with 10.4 but I might try Cog. Bass from Vox is improved now that I put the Tenor's clock on a separately powered board. For now it's my favourite.
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