Originally Posted by William Moore
I'm a little confused by all this "gapless" talk, so let me see if I understand this correctly. When one downloads an album, say from HD tracks, using either the FLAC or WAV format (which one is better?) to a thumb drive and then inserts it into the USB port on for Oppo for playback, after each track plays the drive pauses until "play" is pressed again? Would each track then be a separate file? And wouldn't there be an option on HD tracks to make the album ONE file for continuous playback? Thanks, I'll "hang up and listen."
Gapless playback means there are no artificial pauses between tracks of an album. It doesn't require pressing "play" to navigate from one track to the next. Gapless playback is really important when you have gapless albums - think Dark Side of the Moon as an example. One track transitions to the next without pauses. Gapless albums are especially prevalent in certain genres such as classical, progressive rock, experimental rock, electronic, and ambient.
Why is gapless playback important? Think of sitting down to watch a favorite movie, for me it would be something like Lawrence of Arabia. However, between each chapter of the movie, the screen goes blank for a second. Irritating? That's what listening to recordings with pauses or gaps when they should be gapless is like to me.
Yes, you can rip one continuous FLAC file or try to merge separate files to create a continuous file, but it's a kludgy workaround. For instance, you lose track info and navigation. I do this with some of my gapless albums currently using my 93.
Most decent software players support gapless playback from a pc and some, but not all, media streamers. It's unfortunate (to me at least) that this generation of Oppo player didn't finally have gapless playback when they had 2+ years of lead time to implement it, but it's not to be. I don't blame Oppo, the fault seems to lie with Mediatek. I just wish Oppo wasn't beholden to a chip-maker whose interests lie more with satisfying Sony than with Oppo.
I think my best alternative is bite the bullet and get a media streamer, maybe a Dune, for streaming flac files and keep my 93 for what it does best, disc playback. I'll use my PS3 or maybe get a Roku for streaming services. Three machines but each performs what it does best, and give up the idea that one machine can do it all.