Originally Posted by tedhontz
I just bought an OPPO BDP-103 a couple months ago on clearance for $150 but its still new in box and I haven't moved in my house so I haven't had a chance to even turn it on yet. There are over 24,000 posts on this thread so it'd take a year to read them all so I hope I'm not too annoying to ask a simple question because the only thing I know that the unit can do is play CD's and movies.
My question is: Is there a way to insert music CD's and rip them to an external USB hard drive into FLAC files or a similar lossless file? I saw on another site that someone was doing this with SACD's. I don't have any SACD's but I do have a big CD collection that I would like to rip to a big external hard drive. Will the Oppo BDP-103 do this and if so, how do I do it?
Thanks in advance!!!
The only reason folks use the 103 to rip SACDs is because that's almost the only way to do so.
It's much easier to do with CDs with a PC or Mac using the computer's own CD, DVD, or Blu-ray drive, since most music player software can do this.
On my PC I run the freeware foobar2000
, which has the ripping function on the File menu under Open audio CD, as one of the main choices, next to Play. It can even look up the inserted CD on two online databases to find the track titles. FLAC is one of its output formats.
Foobar2000 is a Swiss Army Knife of a program which takes lots of free add-on components that can do things like make it into a networked DNLA/UPnP player and server
. The full list of add-ons, with links, is on the Components tab at the foobar2000 site linked to above. (Be sure to read the FAQ on the Support tab for instructions on installing and getting started with foobar.)
On a Mac, I expect that iTunes can rip to Apple Lossless.
The 103 can play either of those lossless formats. Consult the Unofficial FAQ
linked to at the beginning of this thread.
I use the 103 as a renderer (a DLNA player controlled remotely) to play music - including surround FLACs, with my android phone as the controller so I don't have to turn on my big screen.
I use Twonky
(which costs about $30 to license) as the file server, since it shows album graphics while browsing, not just while playing music, and the free BubbleUPnP Server
(a Windows program) to make media on the Twonky server accessible over the net by my laptop (running foobar2000 as a player) or my phone, using the $5 Android BubbleUPnP
as a player. I even plug a cable from the phone's headset jack into the line input of my car stereo to play music from my home library on the road.
Android BubbleUPnP, when on my home wifi network, will also work as a controller to run my Oppo, my home pc running foobar, and my Yamaha RX-A1030 (which doesn't even claim to be a renderer but can play stereo music gaplessly under BubbleUPnP's supervision, a trick the Oppo can't do). I use the Oppo, under the phone's control, to play videos and multichannel surround files, which I don't think any AVR does over DLNA.