I have a question about flac. If I rip a cd to flac, I have several options. Nobody mentioned J River. I not know if it is any good, but it is easy as it reads everything. But if I rip to Flac, there several compress settings I not understand that well. If Flac is lossless, why choose between compression settings? Because you should then not hear any difference in any settings.
My goal is to get rid of all the cd's in my living room, convert them to Flac, without any loss, and play them tru hard disc on my Oppo-player. So what would be the best and easy way to do so?
If you use dBPoweramp, just use FLAC Level 5 (Default). There are varying levels of FLAC compression - I'm not too familiar with how exactly they all work, but Level 5 is the default and I've never had any issues/errors using it. I believe you can do FLAC uncompressed also. If you have an Oppo, you can just use FLAC Level 5 (Default) and you should not have any issues.
Some people say that FLAC is not truly lossless when played back "on the fly," but I think many of these people are blowing smoke or have broken equipment.
Get yourself two HDD's and rip all your stuff to FLAC. How big of an HDD you need depends on how many CD's you have to archive. I have ~300 CD's and I'm about 1/4 of the way full on my 1TB HDD.
I use WAV for all my CD backups just because my equipment works better with it. I use a WDTV Live with my HDD connected to it and just pass through to my receiver, which cannot decode FLAC but I feel it has a better DAC in it than my WDTV Live.
Edited by hogger129 - 7/31/13 at 4:13am