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post #181 of 622
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Most likely Apple's ALAC codec is not open source and would require royalty fees to be paid for it's use in an audio player.

I, for one, could care less about ALAC as I don't use a Mac or iTunes.
It is a simple fact of life, if you are willing to support proprietary codecs (or proprietary anything for that matter) then prepare to be restricted as a consequence. I never understand why people permit themselves to be so constrained but each to their own.

See this exchange on Winamp forum on this topic, to quote DJ Egg speaking on behalf of Winamp
“ALAC is a closed proprietary format. Apple would never allow us to include an ALAC Encoder, definitely not for free anyway,”

WINAMP.COM | Forums - Apple lossless codec

So if Winamp is not able to use ALAC then what hope HifiMAN?

Off Topic: psychotic’s post is very interesting, if a bit difficult to read.
post #182 of 622
According to Hydrogenaudio decoding ALAC is open source, contrary to encoding: Lossless comparison - Hydrogenaudio Knowledgebase

That list also shows pretty well why FLAC is the most widely accepted standard for lossless audio.
post #183 of 622
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Originally Posted by rebski View Post
It is a simple fact of life, if you are willing to support proprietary codecs (or proprietary anything for that matter) then prepare to be restricted as a consequence. I never understand why people permit themselves to be so constrained but each to their own.

See this exchange on Winamp forum on this topic, to quote DJ Egg speaking on behalf of Winamp
"ALAC is a closed proprietary format. Apple would never allow us to include an ALAC Encoder, definitely not for free anyway,"

WINAMP.COM | Forums - Apple lossless codec

So if Winamp is not able to use ALAC then what hope HifiMAN?
rockbox supports it - for free even.

http://www.rockbox.org/twiki/bin/view/Main/SoundCodecs

also wav, aiff, flac, wavpack, shorten, and ape.
post #184 of 622
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Originally Posted by Edwood View Post
I have a Viliv S5 on it's way to me. Full Windows XP PC. But it would end up costing nearly twice as much as the HiFiMan alone if I factor in a high end portable DAC like the HeadAmp Pico. Paired with a D10, and it's getting ridiculously huge.

-Ed
Pretty. I already wasted money on a pico so I'm good.

Does that take a standard 2.5" harddrive? or it makes use of a special sized hdd?

EDIT: found it uses a 1.8"
Anyone know an ultraportable that uses the standard 2.5" HDD?
post #185 of 622
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Originally Posted by Edwood View Post
Most likely Apple's ALAC codec is not open source and would require royalty fees to be paid for it's use in an audio player.

I, for one, could care less about ALAC as I don't use a Mac or iTunes.

-Ed
Open-source (totally free to use) Apple Lossless decoder here: crazney.net - ALAC
There are even an open-source encoder out there if needed (FFmpeg).
post #186 of 622
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According to Hydrogenaudio decoding ALAC is open source, contrary to encoding: Lossless comparison - Hydrogenaudio Knowledgebase

That list also shows pretty well why FLAC is the most widely accepted standard for lossless audio
dfkt, thanks for the link to a great resource. Sorry for staying off topic but do you know, offhand, of a similar lossy encoding comparison? Hydrogenaudio doesn't seem to do one.
post #187 of 622
More info and real pics would be nice,Also some comments on finish etc.
post #188 of 622
I expects it.
post #189 of 622

No Apple Lossless Codec Support

This player is a great concept. What I can't understand is that this unit is aimed at an audiophile audience, yet Apple Lossless is not supported... go figure. I'll wait until this player develops further before I lay down any money.
post #190 of 622
Fang really should be commended on investing so much effort into developing the HM-801. He identified an under served market and is attempting to provide a product for that market, and he is supporting our beloved Head-Fi community.

Good job Fang!

As for bemoaning the lack of support for Apple Lossless, transcode your collection. Really, it's easy. Set up the program and give it time to convert the files. The lack of support for Apple Lossless is easily surmountable if someone seriously desires a product such as this.
(nkoulban, this is not directed at you on a personal level.).

The HM-801 is an interesting project. Personally, I'm concerned about the firmware and the plastic being used. I doubt we will see this player Rockboxed due to the small amount of units that will sell combined with its exorbitant price.

Judging from the photos we've seen, the black plastic and those gold buttons look eerily familiar to me. I forget what the device was, but I think I've touched a similarly constructed product before. I'm really concerned that this plastic is extremely brittle.

I hope I'm wrong, but I could almost swear I've touched that stuff before.
post #191 of 622
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Originally Posted by tubafish View Post

I hope I'm wrong, but I could almost swear I've touched that stuff before.
It is not plastic. It is black metal.

3D Drawing Generation Pics:

http://head-direct.com/upload/2009May232014321.jpg
http://head-direct.com/upload/2009May232015052.jpg
http://head-direct.com/upload/2009May232015383.jpg





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post #192 of 622
[QUOTE=Nankai;5706741]It is not plastic. It is black metal.

Thanks for the clarification. It might have been mentioned before. If so, I forgot.

It's an interesting concept.

Thanks for the effort.
post #193 of 622
I like the "Designed and made in China" displayed as a badge of pride.

So far, so exceptional.
post #194 of 622
Feng is incredibly proud to be chinese.

What you might also find out when you meet him is that the hates companies turning out poorly engineered or defective products from China. He said it disgraces them and honestly I would have to agree. Too many lemons make the lemonade puts a sour taste in your mouth.
post #195 of 622
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Originally Posted by rebski View Post
I like the "Designed and made in China" displayed as a badge of pride.

So far, so exceptional.
Agree.

If a product is well designed and constructed then you should never be ashamed of its origins.
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