Originally Posted by Gary Bechtold
What software is out there for Windows PC's to rip HDCD as something more than just 16 bit PCM?
I wrote this for myself many years (and many Oppos) ago, but I just tested the download link below - it still works. Here's what I wrote back then, updated:
Phil's Primer on Networking HDCD disks with their full dynamic range
My Oppo BDP-93 can effortlessly expand an HDCD to its full 20-bit dynamic range if I stick the shiny silver disk in the tray, but ignores that it is HDCD-encoded if it comes in over my LAN via DLNA. Here's how I've gotten full dynamic range with networked HDCD material with any player or AVR that can play music over DLNA:
1. Go to https://forums.stevehoffman.tv/attac...dcd-zip.99044/
and sign in or register. This will let you download HDCD.zip, which contains the software you’ll need. It’s been free since 2009.
2. Create a folder used just for processing the ripped files from your HDCD disk.Copy Convert.cmd and HDCD.exe (from HDCD.zip) into that folder.
3. Rip your HDCD disk to WAV,or convert an existing FLAC rip of the disk to WAV. You can do either or both of these with the free Foobar 2000. Put the resulting WAV files into directory for processing you created in the previous step.
4. Click on Convert.cmd and it will open a DOS command window, where you can watch HDCD create decoded versions of all the files for you. HDCD reports what features of HDCD are used by each track while it's processing them. The decoded versions will have the string “24bit” added to the filenames, so you can tell the two versions apart. (Why 24 bit if it's really 20? 24 bit is a more commonly used container - so it's padded out with zeros for the extra bits.)
5. Convert the 24bit WAV files back to FLAC with Foobar so you can add album art and other track tags to them with the free MP3tag.
6. I recommend putting a tag like “Decoded HDCD” at the end of the album title in the track tags, so that you can tell the two versions apart over the network.
7. Copy the decoded and tagged HDCD FLAC files into their own folder in your library tree for music.