Originally Posted by amirm
Thanks. I know about dbpoweramp. The CDs other than one or two were not that good of a music so it has not been a priority to go back and redo them. I did try different drives with the same outcome.
You are doing the right thing
. I just don't understand people who keep using MP3.
Nothing wrong with high bit rate mp3 . I prefer AAC though for several reasons ,nothing wrong with loss less either everybody has different priorities in life
I archive in loss less and copy to AAC or mp*** mostly .AAC though I prefer that over mp** depending on intended use . I listen to both 16/44.1 or AAC mostly . I've taken many of my original FLAC and WAV I had copied to mp***
and copied them to AAC and deleted the mp**** (good housekeeping IMO ) what convinced me is VBR Video .
Specifically the newest Netflix Super HD VBR codecs VS Amazon instant CBR Although all my DVD rips are .ISO.
but that's a different thing altogether .
I prefer to to always archive in loss less to preserve the original and there are many times I *believe music may sound better played back loss less depending on the playback chain
.key word being believe. could be bias expectation sometimes but not in every case . I don't do portables and ear buds or portables and phones (might be fine for a lot folks they sell plenty ) but I have some decent cans otherwise.
And if music is your career that's fine someone has to make it,the media and the playback devices but work is
work just that ...after a while the longer you do it and older you get it should come into in perspective .
Nothing wrong with camping or getting away from things with or without a digital player
did that without one for years either way getting away now and then is always good IMO
Not much for hires I did the
SACD thing and all and all things being equal (mastering /recording/yadda yadda ) IMO 16/44.1 Red book CD
sounds just as good as SACD on real decent system so on anything less than that (or higher resolutions )ofc results would be obvious. Still have my Sony ES spinner played them both ways digital and analog out from the spinner
mostly burr brown dacs in the playback chain also .Now TI owns them you can buy the chips for maybe 10_$15.00 now
and roll your own Dac if you are so inclined doesn't cost a fortune to cobble a good Dac together on a breadboard .
The old straw man argument "your system or your DAC isn't revealing enough " doesn't hold any water with me
even with *some 16/44.1 and modern high bit rate mp** and AAC comparisons my studio equipment can be quite analytical or rock the s**t outta you and anyone in the neighborhood ether way it's sufficient to squash that straw man argument especially when you consider a lot of commercial CD's are often compressed down to less than 6-7 dB sometimes less . If they would master commercial Redbook CD at anywhere near Redbook potential regularly the hires argument would completely disappear IMO .
One of the tricks they use with the samplers is the use of vocals and or acoustical music mostly something not very complex so you can focus on the detail that well done 16/44.1 can also provide but if you aren't aware of that
they are hoping you will drop something in your shopping cart .
In some cases hires tracks may originate from
sources using better recording/mastering techniques maybe with less compression that would otherwise sound just as good at 16/44.1 IMO those are the legitimate exceptions if they can't be had in red book IMO
( and they are out there plenty sometimes ) have to do your research on those !
I've done a few non scientific comparisons in the studio
with the same results IMO for the most part .
lots of folks that advocate hires in forums now and then are trying to push expensive Dacs and hires media, equipment , files or cables or just their point of view and otherwise like to defend their choices sometimes a lot of it is nonsense .
You don't have to spend a fortune for good sound these days .
Well decent speakers still aren't cheap but you can do alright there if you don't listen to the marketing dis information
or the brand snobs .
OTOH any of the JBL Everest speakers ,Synthisis products and lots of the current, legacy and vintage products and some of the current monitors would alwayse be welcome here they didn't get where they are for nothing !.
Thing is the audiophool marketers have to stay in business like they always have just like the exotic cable people
(whom are part of that group ) and continue to proliferate disinformation like always just like Sony did with SACD some things never change .