Originally Posted by shelly40
Is FLAC a good format to rip my CDs to play on this ?
I know I should stay away from MP3 with this player...
Any other formats to consider that will work with this player ?
I do want the quality to be as good as it can be....
Also what is a good encoder to use for the different formats ?
Probably gonna order this piece in the next couple of days....
Thanks for any help...
I have ripped all of my 3000+ CDs to flac. Never even considered anything else. I have had a HAP-Z1ES now since early May. I have to say though, that my first player appears to have a problem in that it will lock up periodically (usually within 1 to 8 hours of operation), necessitating a "forced" power off (pressing and holding the power button for 5+ seconds), then powering it back on.
I'm not sure what is causing this, but it has happened during transfers to the box, while it's playing (different tracks each time), and even with just sitting idle. When I first got it I attached a 4TB external drive to it and attempted to transfer all 36000+ of my tracks to it. Not a good idea. Besides locking up periodically, it took over a week to finally complete and when done wouldn't play anything.
At that point I did a Factory Reset and since then not been nearly so ambitious. I started only transferring the HiRez tracks that I've downloaded (from the likes of hdtracks, acoustic sounds, & Linn Records). These are considerably fewer tracks (about 2400) and the ones I wanted on the unit most anyway.
Well, my original unit never has worked properly (the lockups haven't gone away), so after some finagling with Sony Service, and a 4 week wait (apparently they were out of units), I now have a replacement one and, so far, it is doing MUCH better. Has not locked up once. I have currently transferred my 2400 HiRez tracks to it (took about 12 hours). I haven't been able to play them yet as I have been at work since it finished with the database scan following the transfer completion.
So, in answer to your question, I find flac to be the best format to rip to for me. It uses lossless compression so there's no loss of quality from the original CD, and it is supported by all of my devices.