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post #991 of 1119
Got any Jukebox versions planned for Linux?
post #992 of 1119
Probably not.
post #993 of 1119
Sub'd. Looking forward to learning a lot more about JRiver.
post #994 of 1119
Will the Linux version be able to play Blurays?
post #995 of 1119
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Originally Posted by jriver View Post

Probably not.

Any updates coming for the windows version?
post #996 of 1119
No updates for Media Jukebox. Why not use JRiver Media Center?
post #997 of 1119
I thought Media Jukebox was just an old version of Media Center
post #998 of 1119
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No updates for Media Jukebox. Why not use JRiver Media Center?

Lack of funds at the moment... Money's been tight due to car problems and such. frown.gif

Jukebox is the free audio only version of Media Center.
post #999 of 1119
I am running JRiver Media Center 19 and I tried to rip John Mayer's Where The Light Is blu ray concert to my hard drive. However, when I go to play it I get the message "Something went wrong with playback. Details: Failed to connect Video decoder to source/splitter." I tried looking through the manual and help to solve and changed around the Red October settings but it did not help. Does anyone know how to get the video & audio to play correctly with a ripped blu ray?
post #1000 of 1119
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Originally Posted by sonofsoren View Post

I am running JRiver Media Center 19 and I tried to rip John Mayer's Where The Light Is blu ray concert to my hard drive. However, when I go to play it I get the message "Something went wrong with playback. Details: Failed to connect Video decoder to source/splitter." I tried looking through the manual and help to solve and changed around the Red October settings but it did not help. Does anyone know how to get the video & audio to play correctly with a ripped blu ray?

Is this the first Bluray you are trying to play or do others work?
post #1001 of 1119
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Originally Posted by rec head View Post

Is this the first Bluray you are trying to play or do others work?

This is the first blu ray I have tried to play/rip. Just wanted to see if I could rip it in it's original resolution of 96khz/24 bit and play it back via the USB output in my PC to my Oppo BDP-105 for its asynchronous USB DAC. Or do I need to output it via HDMI from the PC to either the Oppo or my Denon AVR 4520?
post #1002 of 1119
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Originally Posted by sonofsoren View Post

This is the first blu ray I have tried to play/rip. Just wanted to see if I could rip it in it's original resolution of 96khz/24 bit and play it back via the USB output in my PC to my Oppo BDP-105 for its asynchronous USB DAC. Or do I need to output it via HDMI from the PC to either the Oppo or my Denon AVR 4520?
I would certainly try playing it via HDMI first to rule out any issues using the Async USB interface for audio. Does playing other audio via the BDP-105's Async USB DAC input work ok for you? Keep in mind that the BDP-105 won't support multi-channel audio via the Async USB DAC input.
post #1003 of 1119
I would also try ripping a movie just to make sure that works. The only BD I have that I can't rip properly is a music one.
post #1004 of 1119
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Originally Posted by gsr View Post

I would certainly try playing it via HDMI first to rule out any issues using the Async USB interface for audio. Does playing other audio via the BDP-105's Async USB DAC input work ok for you? Keep in mind that the BDP-105 won't support multi-channel audio via the Async USB DAC input.

Yes, other files play just fine through the USB DAC connection. I did not know about it not supporting multichannel playback so I will have to play around more with my PCs HDMI connection to either the Oppo or Denon 4520. Any clues on how to get the video/audio to work from a ripped blu ray?
post #1005 of 1119
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Originally Posted by sonofsoren View Post

Yes, other files play just fine through the USB DAC connection. I did not know about it not supporting multichannel playback so I will have to play around more with my PCs HDMI connection to either the Oppo or Denon 4520. Any clues on how to get the video/audio to work from a ripped blu ray?
A good starting point would be to explain exactly what process you used to rip the bluray and whether you have AnyDVD HD or the DVDFab equivalent running.
post #1006 of 1119
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Originally Posted by gsr View Post

A good starting point would be to explain exactly what process you used to rip the bluray and whether you have AnyDVD HD or the DVDFab equivalent running.
I put the blu ray in and selected rip from the three selections listed. I don't believe I have any DVD HD or DVDFab running. Is there a setting I am missing to set up for the rip?
post #1007 of 1119
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Originally Posted by sonofsoren View Post

I put the blu ray in and selected rip from the three selections listed. I don't believe I have any DVD HD or DVDFab running. Is there a setting I am missing to set up for the rip?
JRiver does not decode Blu-rays, it relies on other software like AnyDVD for this.
post #1008 of 1119
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Originally Posted by Chronoptimist View Post

JRiver does not decode Blu-rays, it relies on other software like AnyDVD for this.
How do I get this so I can watch and listen to ripped blu rays? Is it simply a plugin for JRiver MC or is it a stand alone product?
post #1009 of 1119
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Originally Posted by sonofsoren View Post

How do I get this so I can watch and listen to ripped blu rays? Is it simply a plugin for JRiver MC or is it a stand alone product?
You have to pay for it.
http://www.slysoft.com/en/anydvdhd.html
post #1010 of 1119
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Originally Posted by 72.9.159.100 View Post

Lack of funds at the moment... Money's been tight due to car problems and such. frown.gif

Jukebox is the free audio only version of Media Center.


Does Jukebox have all the audio features of the the full version? What's missing? I am way poor, but also very interested in improving playback quality of mp3's...looking for any and all suggestions to accomplish this...as frugally as possible. Thanks to any and all suggestions!
post #1011 of 1119
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Originally Posted by sonofsoren View Post

How do I get this so I can watch and listen to ripped blu rays? Is it simply a plugin for JRiver MC or is it a stand alone product?
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You can rip Blurays with makemkv too but you lose the menu.
post #1012 of 1119
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Originally Posted by jwf2tao View Post

Does Jukebox have all the audio features of the the full version? What's missing? I am way poor, but also very interested in improving playback quality of mp3's...looking for any and all suggestions to accomplish this...as frugally as possible. Thanks to any and all suggestions!

The best way to improve playback is re-rip your Audio CDs to Flac or some other lossless file format. JR can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
post #1013 of 1119
If money is so tight that you can't afford to get MC19, you may want to look at Foobar2000, which will give you the same top quality playback as MC19, but with a bit more work. You'll get ASIO/WASAPI for bit perfect playback (of FLAC... as with MP3 there is little benefit possible), HDCD and automatic de-emphasis (for the very rare CDs which require it) are supported, etc.

MC19 can of course do much more than music playback
post #1014 of 1119
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Originally Posted by gtgray View Post

The best way to improve playback is re-rip your Audio CDs to Flac or some other lossless file format. JR can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

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Originally Posted by Eiffel View Post

If money is so tight that you can't afford to get MC19, you may want to look at Foobar2000, which will give you the same top quality playback as MC19, but with a bit more work. You'll get ASIO/WASAPI for bit perfect playback (of FLAC... as with MP3 there is little benefit possible), HDCD and automatic de-emphasis (for the very rare CDs which require it) are supported, etc.

MC19 can of course do much more than music playback

Wow, just accomplishing multi quote is the high end of my technical abilities.....

So, MC19 vs FooBar2000...

Let me describe my environment: Dell Laptop w/ i3 connected to Vizio via HDMI, digital cable to Pioneer Speaker Bar. Almost 100% of content is mp3 acquired through Amazon or Google, movies are always streamed via Netflix/YouTube. I have been investigating means to improve the quality of mp3 playback and looking at JRiver for sound processing- this msg suggests I could get similar/same benefits from FooBar2000...
- ASIO/WASAPI- I don't quite understand what these are, other than some sort of settings- would love to get a reference to a source of information to educate myself on these sorts of subjects. I really don't understand if I can accomplish my purpose via software or hardware, i.e., using an external DAC to improve playback- how/where in the hardware chain would you do this? "planning" on a HTPC in the future, but waiting for general availability of Haswell driven small form factor cpu's...

What I really need is education- I have the time, but have found it difficult to find reliable sources of information. Help me brothers!
post #1015 of 1119
I think for getting better quality most people are going to suggest better quality content (lossless audio formats) and a decent pair of speakers. You are going to be hard pressed to find software or DACs that are going to do much to improve anything with your setup. This isn't a jab at your gear, I just think you are approaching this from the wrong direction.
post #1016 of 1119
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Originally Posted by rec head View Post

I think for getting better quality most people are going to suggest better quality content (lossless audio formats) and a decent pair of speakers. You are going to be hard pressed to find software or DACs that are going to do much to improve anything with your setup. This isn't a jab at your gear, I just think you are approaching this from the wrong direction.

I appreciate your input, but I'm approaching it from the only angle I am capable of- I just purchased the Pioneer speaker bar and it represents a HUGE upgrade for me- back in the day before corp bankruptcy and personal disability, the low fixed income that resulted- I had the bomb system- ~$15k Def Tech all around...now I have the $400 speaker bar that I believe Andrew Jones gets his jollies designing after doing a $30k each TAD system...I get Class A individual amps for each driver....and pure, sweet, natural sound. So I want to make it the best that I can. What brought me here was listening to the HDTracks "sampler"- yes I can tell a big difference, and in the future will be buying as much content as I can from that and similar sources. My problem is the legacy library of 6000 tracks of mp3...80% is on the Amazon cloud. How do (or is it even reasonable) I improve the quality of the playback? Can I do it with software....I mean JRiver for $50 one time- is that my best bang for the buck? Can I insert a reasonable hardware solution ( ie , a la Dragonfly DAC- how/where in the chain?) to bring up the quality- I don't have unreasonable expectations- I know it won't approach lossless...but can I get it close to CD quality?

Hoping to benefit from someone else's experience who has more money and brains than I...who has already experimented and found some answers...who is a good person who will "pay it forward"....merci beaucoup!
post #1017 of 1119
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Originally Posted by jwf2tao View Post


Wow, just accomplishing multi quote is the high end of my technical abilities.....

So, MC19 vs FooBar2000...

Let me describe my environment: Dell Laptop w/ i3 connected to Vizio via HDMI, digital cable to Pioneer Speaker Bar. Almost 100% of content is mp3 acquired through Amazon or Google, movies are always streamed via Netflix/YouTube. I have been investigating means to improve the quality of mp3 playback and looking at JRiver for sound processing- this msg suggests I could get similar/same benefits from FooBar2000...
- ASIO/WASAPI- I don't quite understand what these are, other than some sort of settings- would love to get a reference to a source of information to educate myself on these sorts of subjects. I really don't understand if I can accomplish my purpose via software or hardware, i.e., using an external DAC to improve playback- how/where in the hardware chain would you do this? "planning" on a HTPC in the future, but waiting for general availability of Haswell driven small form factor cpu's...

What I really need is education- I have the time, but have found it difficult to find reliable sources of information. Help me brothers!

If you play a CD on your PC through the sound bar and compare it to one of your MP3 files, which sounds better?

This comparison can point to the first step to getting better sound.
post #1018 of 1119
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Originally Posted by RDHolmes View Post

If you play a CD on your PC through the sound bar and compare it to one of your MP3 files, which sounds better?

This comparison can point to the first step to getting better sound.

EXCELLENT suggestion! Unfortunately I don't have any format dupes- but Amazon has some very good deals on "buy CD, get mp3 free"- and there is a piece of K Jarrett/ C Haden music that I believe would be ideal for this purpose. Might be a week or so before I get back to the board on this...but thank you!
post #1019 of 1119
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Originally Posted by jwf2tao View Post

EXCELLENT suggestion! Unfortunately I don't have any format dupes- but Amazon has some very good deals on "buy CD, get mp3 free"- and there is a piece of K Jarrett/ C Haden music that I believe would be ideal for this purpose. Might be a week or so before I get back to the board on this...but thank you!
If you currently have some CD's, it wouldn't need to cost you a cent to convert a few to MP3 to run some comparisons. J River has a 30 day trial, Foobar is free, etc. The bottom line is that if your collection of MP3 files just doesn't sound very good, but some HD downloads that you've tried do sound good, then there's not much you can do other than to gradually replace the MP3's with higher quality versions of the same material. There's no magical way to take a low bitrate MP3 and make it sound like a lossless file.
post #1020 of 1119
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Originally Posted by jwf2tao View Post

EXCELLENT suggestion! Unfortunately I don't have any format dupes- but Amazon has some very good deals on "buy CD, get mp3 free"- and there is a piece of K Jarrett/ C Haden music that I believe would be ideal for this purpose. Might be a week or so before I get back to the board on this...but thank you!

Not sure where you live, but why not try your local library? Mine has tons of CDs. I heard that soundbar at CEDIA and it's incredible! When funds allow add a sub. Good luck on your quest for better sound.
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