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ChrisSwanson72's Avatar ChrisSwanson72
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11-22-2011 | Posts: 68
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Yes, unfortunatly, half of my system is broken.
The 3 sony cd changers, the 2 Sony Minidisc recorders,
the escient unit, the Pioneer Elite CD recorder, are broken!
Too bad, because this COULD BE a KILLER system!
LL
rezzy's Avatar rezzy
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11-29-2011 | Posts: 7,796
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What happened, power surge?
pcweber111's Avatar pcweber111
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11-29-2011 | Posts: 3,568
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No, half your system is a holdover from the 90s and early 2000s.

Yeah, seriously, what happened? Sounds like a surge.
ChrisSwanson72's Avatar ChrisSwanson72
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12-04-2011 | Posts: 68
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rezzy View Post

What happened, power surge?

NO! Unfortunatly, I bought some of them on ebay.
The sellers said that they were in working order.
HAHA! They were NOT!
I got most of my money back on the 3 Sony CD changers.
However, The Pioneer elite CD recorder came to me broke,
and paypal, did not refund me the money, so I had no choice to keep it.
I took it to 2 different shops to try to fix it.
They both said, PARTS ARE UNAVAILABLE! BUY A NEW ONE!
Difficult to do, when Pioneer stopped making this unit YEARS AGO!
Funny thing is, My Pioneer regular consumer CD recorder W839,
SAME EXACT MODEL AS THE ELITE, WORKS JUST FINE! Why the
Elite does NOT work, and the W839 does, just baffles me.
The Escient unit, I think, Did get hit with a power surge, and now,
it doesn't call out for updates. But it turns on,
and stills controls the Sony CD changers.
The 2 Sony Minidisc recorders DID work for a long time.
However, because I used them alot, I think over time the
power supplys went bad. They first stop ejecting the discs, then,
after a while they would not even turn on. I took 1 in last year,
and I was told, PARTS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE!
IF I have them plugged in the ac outlet, the display just
blinks for days! Unfortunatly, I think that Sony used REALLY BAD
Power Supplys in these units.
I've had REAL bad luck on Ebay when it comes to electronics,
NOT TO MENTION VCRS!!!!!
BUT, THAT'S ANOTHER STORY!
mogorf's Avatar mogorf
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12-04-2011 | Posts: 4,482
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ChrisSwanson72 View Post

NO! Unfortunatly, I bought some of them on ebay.
The sellers said that they were in working order.
HAHA! They were NOT!
I got most of my money back on the 3 Sony CD changers.
However, The Pioneer elite CD recorder came to me broke,
and paypal, did not refund me the money, so I had no choice to keep it.
I took it to 2 different shops to try to fix it.
They both said, PARTS ARE UNAVAILABLE! BUY A NEW ONE!
Difficult to do, when Pioneer stopped making this unit YEARS AGO!
Funny thing is, My Pioneer regular consumer CD recorder W839,
SAME EXACT MODEL AS THE ELITE, WORKS JUST FINE! Why the
Elite does NOT work, and the W839 does, just baffles me.
The Escient unit, I think, Did get hit with a power surge, and now,
it doesn't call out for updates. But it turns on,
and stills controls the Sony CD changers.
The 2 Sony Minidisc recorders DID work for a long time.
However, because I used them alot, I think over time the
power supplys went bad. They first stop ejecting the discs, then,
after a while they would not even turn on. I took 1 in last year,
and I was told, PARTS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE!
IF I have them plugged in the ac outlet, the display just
blinks for days! Unfortunatly, I think that Sony used REALLY BAD
Power Supplys in these units.
I've had REAL bad luck on Ebay when it comes to electronics,
NOT TO MENTION VCRS!!!!!
BUT, THAT'S ANOTHER STORY!

Hope you learned your lesson, eh?
pcweber111's Avatar pcweber111
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12-04-2011 | Posts: 3,568
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I'm curious, why don't you just rip your music to flac or wav and stream from a NAS? Why worry about all the physical mechanisms in your equipment breaking down?
ChrisSwanson72's Avatar ChrisSwanson72
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12-05-2011 | Posts: 68
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Well, the Escient unit I have does show a icon on the screen for ripping
to the Escient unit.
BUT, IF it does NOT call out, then it will not get the
artist, track, album, and jacket cover info.
SO, what's the point of that?
ChrisSwanson72's Avatar ChrisSwanson72
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12-05-2011 | Posts: 68
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Also, IF I rip to anything, I would want it to be in FULL
CD SOUND! 44.1K PERFECT SOUND, not a wav. or any other
crapping downloaded sound, I want the FULLNESS of the CD!
AND with having OVER 800 CD's, I would have to buy at least 2-4 of these
units that you talk about for HUNDREDS of dollars each!
And after going through 2-3 computer crashes, I
DO NOT trust computers at all!
So, does there exist a unit that can do ALL 800-900 CD'S
in FULL 44.1K CD SOUND for like less than $50?
Do YOU want to rip all of those CD'S for me?
I do NOT have that kind of time!
The reason why I bought cd changers to begin with is to load
them, when I have time. And I did Not buy all of them at once.
The first Nov. 1997,
Second Oct. 1998,
Third, Nov. 2000,
Forth, June 2003.
The Other 2 were bought in Oct. 2011.
These were the broken ones, plus the first, that broke as well.
Fanaticalism's Avatar Fanaticalism
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12-06-2011 | Posts: 4,394
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ChrisSwanson72 View Post

Also, IF I rip to anything, I would want it to be in FULL
CD SOUND! 44.1K PERFECT SOUND, not a wav. or any other
crapping downloaded sound, I want the FULLNESS of the CD!
AND with having OVER 800 CD's, I would have to buy at least 2-4 of these
units that you talk about for HUNDREDS of dollars each!
And after going through 2-3 computer crashes, I
DO NOT trust computers at all!
So, does there exist a unit that can do ALL 800-900 CD'S
in FULL 44.1K CD SOUND for like less than $50?
Do YOU want to rip all of those CD'S for me?
I do NOT have that kind of time!
The reason why I bought cd changers to begin with is to load
them, when I have time. And I did Not buy all of them at once.
The first Nov. 1997,
Second Oct. 1998,
Third, Nov. 2000,
Forth, June 2003.
The Other 2 were bought in Oct. 2011.
These were the broken ones, plus the first, that broke as well.

Yes, it is called Apple Tv or connecting your existing computer to your stereo.
ChrisSwanson72's Avatar ChrisSwanson72
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12-13-2011 | Posts: 68
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Okay, can you show me some pictures of Apple tv,
and describe for me, what it does EXACTLY?
And how much it costs?


I do not want to hook up my computer to my stereo.
What does that do besides what I have already?
nr5667's Avatar nr5667
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12-15-2011 | Posts: 173
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ChrisSwanson72 View Post

Also, IF I rip to anything, I would want it to be in FULL
CD SOUND! 44.1K PERFECT SOUND, not a wav. or any other
crapping downloaded sound, I want the FULLNESS of the CD!
AND with having OVER 800 CD's, I would have to buy at least 2-4 of these
units that you talk about for HUNDREDS of dollars each!
And after going through 2-3 computer crashes, I
DO NOT trust computers at all!
So, does there exist a unit that can do ALL 800-900 CD'S
in FULL 44.1K CD SOUND for like less than $50?
Do YOU want to rip all of those CD'S for me?
I do NOT have that kind of time!
The reason why I bought cd changers to begin with is to load
them, when I have time. And I did Not buy all of them at once.
The first Nov. 1997,
Second Oct. 1998,
Third, Nov. 2000,
Forth, June 2003.
The Other 2 were bought in Oct. 2011.
These were the broken ones, plus the first, that broke as well.

Um, the files on a CD are .wav. You could do a straight transfer, it'd take a lot more space, of course.

800-900 CDs, about 750mb per CD means you'd need a HDD that has a capacity of 675GB, you could get that capacity under 100 bucks easy, toss it onto a computer with a DAC, and you're good to go if you want to do the audiophile thing.
wnl's Avatar wnl
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post #12 of 16
12-24-2011 | Posts: 282
Joined: Sep 2009
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChrisSwanson72 View Post

Also, IF I rip to anything, I would want it to be in FULL
CD SOUND! 44.1K PERFECT SOUND, not a wav. or any other
crapping downloaded sound, I want the FULLNESS of the CD!
AND with having OVER 800 CD's, I would have to buy at least 2-4 of these
units that you talk about for HUNDREDS of dollars each!
And after going through 2-3 computer crashes, I
DO NOT trust computers at all!
So, does there exist a unit that can do ALL 800-900 CD'S
in FULL 44.1K CD SOUND for like less than $50?
Do YOU want to rip all of those CD'S for me?



If ripped properly, the WAV file will be 44.1K. Which is, by the way, far from perfect sound. But that's another story.

You can use EAC to rip your CDs. It checks against a central database of checksums to ensure that the rip was done correctly. It also goes to great extremes to get accurate bits from your CD drive. I know there's another tool out there that is as good as EAC at ripping but also does a good job of tagging the files. For tagging and playback I use MediaMonkey.

Rip to FLAC to save on space. FLAC uses lossless compression. What you put in is exactly what you get out. FLAC files are much bigger than mp3, but are much smaller than WAV. Put your files on mirrored storage to protect against a disk crash. In my setup, I rip on one machine then sync to mirrored storage. So not only do I have a mirrored copy on my file server, I also have a copy on a separate system.

With a fast drive, ripping doesn't take as long as you'd think. I recently re-ripped my entire collection in FLAC and it was surprisingly fast.

That's the easy part. The hard part is playing the files back without degrading quality. The windows audio drivers are awful, and there's no easy way to bypass them. Not too long ago I purchased an M2Tech hiFace that plugs in to a USB slot and connects to my receiver with S/PDIF. The drivers completely bypass the system audio drivers and the result is an accurate reproduction of the bits in the FLAC files. Unfortuntely this device doesn't fit in the "under $50" category: it retails for $200. On the plus side, it will handle up to 192kHz and 24 bit, so you can play files that have a much higher bitrate than what you get from CD.

More details about how I use hiFace are available here: http://wnl256.blogspot.com/2010/12/m2tech-hiface.html
Theonetruegreg's Avatar Theonetruegreg
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12-24-2011 | Posts: 216
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why don't you throw that **** away then?

Gonna be seeing you on hoarders soon?
ChrisSwanson72's Avatar ChrisSwanson72
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09-22-2013 | Posts: 68
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I did, most of the broken units are gone!
I got rid of the
2 Panasonic S4990 SVHS VCR`S , ag-1980 SVHS VCR, and the Pioneer Elite PDW-37 CD recorder.
The 2 Sony JA3ES minidisc recorders were ALSO, thrown in the trash in July 2012.
The 2 Sony CX90ES CD changers that were broken, I still have those for parts, in case the other 6 cd changers break down, since parts are NOT available. Picture 003.jpg 1706k .jpg file
Now here is the UPDATED picture taken TODAY 9-22-2013.

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As you can see in this picture,
I bought another Sony JA3ES Minidisc recorder.
The Laser assembly was replaced by the previous owner, and that`s the ONLY reason why I bought it.
So far, so good, it works perfectly, and sounds great.
And recently, I bought a Sony JB930 minidisc recorder as well. I did not have time to clean up the rack, but it looks good.
I forgot to mention as well, the 2 Technics units, the 1 dual cassette deck, and the 5 disc changer were sold in March 2013, to make room for other pieces.
SJTrance's Avatar SJTrance
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10-24-2013 | Posts: 212
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Look, almost anything with moving parts will most likely break down. If you have the parts to fix them, then good. This goes to hard drives, CD players, washing machines, helicopters, coffee grinders, etc. If you're buying used parts off ebay, there's always a chance this can happen. If you buy a LOT of used parts online, the chances are higher. I've been bitten a few times.

You seem to want to have nothing but the best in audio quality but you have to realize that this can cost money. But there are ways around it like the guys here are explaining, but $50 just might not cut it. Stop buying used stuff, listen to music in whatever ways you can manage until you can save enough money to get the right things you'll need... just realize that those things will probably break down as well... then you can sell it to someone else on ebay. lol, JK.

I do believe that solid state drives might be the future. No moving parts can be a good thing, but there are still many things that can go wrong. But I'm sure that we will develop bullet proof storage devices that can store tons of data and still be portable and small enough to keep in the change pocket of you favorite jeans.
nr5667's Avatar nr5667
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10-31-2013 | Posts: 173
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Aren't .wav files and red book audio both encoded in LPCM at the same rate?.. If you ripped with .wav, I'm not sure you'd notice a difference, I think it's a straight transfer.
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