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Old 13th October 2021, 04:15 PM   #11
Kyngfish is offline Kyngfish  United States
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Thanks for all the feedback folks.

One more dumb question. Do I need a music streamer if I have a computer + high-ish end DAC? Or is the solve in a software solution in the computer + the DAC?
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Old 13th October 2021, 05:21 PM   #12
smanz is offline smanz  Spain
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To play your riped music, Foobar.

foobar2000

Foobar is free, very, very powerful and customizable software music player. Also can Rip your music CD

Regards

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Old 13th October 2021, 06:00 PM   #13
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Thanks for all the feedback folks.

One more dumb question. Do I need a music streamer if I have a computer + high-ish end DAC? Or is the solve in a software solution in the computer + the DAC?
Depends on how you want to use the music.


My computer could stream but I don't have my computer running all the time & prefer a separate system. So I have network player which is part of the separate hi-fi system which includes the amp & CD player.
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Old 14th October 2021, 12:30 AM   #14
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Do I need a music streamer if I have a computer + high-ish end DAC?
Adding to HiDave's comments, a desktop PC or laptop, in combination with a decent DAC, are perfectly viable digital playback devices - but consider whether you wish to have your PC/laptop in the same location as your music listening setup, and also consider whether the cable connections between PC/DAC/amplifier are physically practical.
If no to any of the above, get a streamer.
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Old 14th October 2021, 04:45 AM   #15
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Just about any 'ol POS IA (Core 2, Celeron, I3-5-7) PC that you were going to junk will run Daphile just fine.

If you had a laptop with the dead screen - Daphile doesnt use the PC's screen; it puts up a web page. You can rip CDs to internal storage, or play from a network attached storage (NAS) as I'm doing at the moment.

You'll need a USB DAC, but it'll use the PC's DAC - until you get a better one. It supports "bit perfect playback" which eliminates the software volume control - if that's what you want. Also streams radio stations, supports Tidal.

I'm using a laptop, so I can do a "Watch this! No AC - No ground loops!" for as long as the battery lasts, anyway...
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Old 17th October 2021, 11:37 PM   #16
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If you have a lot of CDs to rip, go with Dbpoweramp. It has an automatic mode where you just have to drop CDs in the tray and it does the rest. Just make sure you're completely happy with the names and tags before ripping a stack of discs. And that it's using Accuraterip to verify quality, and that it saves a log file along with the audio files.
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Old 19th October 2021, 03:31 AM   #17
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I think the original poster is long gone, but I will just add my 2 cents regarding dBpoweramp - this is a very good program, I have it myself. I mainly use it to convert WAV's to uncompressed FLAC's (yes, uncompressed).
But I still use EAC for ripping, because over the years I've come across a few damaged CD's which only EAC could rip - albeit slowly. EAC's secure mode takes a very long time when dealing with a damaged CD, but it usually gets there in the end.

EAC can do everything that dBpoweramp can do, but dBpoweramp works with a reasonably small amount of configuration. EAC's configuration, on the other hand, is complicated. But it's "doable". Just follow these steps -
1) create a test CD, then analyse this disc to set up EAC's drive offset.
2) configure the FLAC encoder so you can create FLAC rips as a one-step process.
3) set up the Metadata Provider (for tag information) as Built-in freedb engine, then provide either the gnudb database, or dBpoweramp database.

Regarding rip accuracy, EAC uses the CUETools Database, which is an extension of AccurateRip.

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Old 19th October 2021, 03:53 AM   #18
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I was in opposite way, download Flac from so many source and rip them to blank cd

i have hundreds of ripped cd, played with pioneer dv-300 as a mighty goldmunzator. bought tentlabs cdpro2 kits but never finished it, because i have used Deezer Hifi as my main source in htpc for main audio and LG V20 for desktop headphone

so for OP purpose, i had done too with some of my original cd collection. i forgot which sortware that i used (maybe ExactAudioCopy) but for sure it has capability to browse and find exact album. it will get all required tag such album name, song title, composer, year etc and it also can find album cover while ripping the cd. You can choose with any format that you want
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Old 19th October 2021, 06:18 AM   #19
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I think the original poster is long gone, but I will just add my 2 cents regarding dBpoweramp - this is a very good program, I have it myself. I mainly use it to convert WAV's to uncompressed FLAC's (yes, uncompressed).
But I still use EAC for ripping, because over the years I've come across a few damaged CD's which only EAC could rip - albeit slowly. EAC's secure mode takes a very long time when dealing with a damaged CD, but it usually gets there in the end.

EAC can do everything that dBpoweramp can do, but dBpoweramp works with a reasonably small amount of configuration. EAC's configuration, on the other hand, is complicated. But it's "doable". Just follow these steps -
1) create a test CD, then analyse this disc to set up EAC's drive offset.
2) configure the FLAC encoder so you can create FLAC rips as a one-step process.
3) set up the Metadata Provider (for tag information) as Built-in freedb engine, then provide either the gnudb database, or dBpoweramp database.

Regarding rip accuracy, EAC uses the CUETools Database, which is an extension of AccurateRip.
I guess I must try EAC .... to date I have been happy with ABCDE and when that doesn't work then just copying the disc to the desktop and using Audacity to repair and save.....

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Old 19th October 2021, 07:12 AM   #20
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Well years ago I used cdparanoia under Linux, until I learned that EAC was more actively and intensively developed.
Presently my desktop PC is set up to dual-boot between Windows 10 and Linux, but these days I rarely have need to boot to Linux ... but wait,
when I need a definitive answer as to whether an old CD has pre-emphasis or not - I use cdda2wav under Linux.

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when that doesn't work then just copying the disc to the desktop and using Audacity to repair and save
That's quite handy, but I don't imagine it can deal with completely unreadable data - that's where CUETools Database comes in - it can (sometimes) fix the rip by comparing with a known-good rip in its database.
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