After my PC ran most of the day, converting my WAV library into FLAC, using dbPoweramp batch converter, it then took 2 hours and 10 minutes to copy the first 64GB worth of FLAC files to the first of four 64GB SD cards (that had been reformatted to FAT 32).
Note that these FAT32-formatted 64GB cards had no trouble being cataloged or played by the HM-801 when they were loaded with 44/16 WAV files (other than the pops between every pair of tracks).
But now, with the first of those FAT32-formatted 64GB cards loaded up with FLAC files... the HM-801 locked up during the scan! I had to remove the battery to recover from the seizure, as none of the buttons were responding. Hahahaha! This is yet another HM-801 limitation! They shoot horses, don't they? I should have just emulated EVERYTHING that Ian is doing (FLACS only, 32GB cards only). I still don't understand why he gets no pops with WAV files, but don't care at this point. FLAC and 32GB seem to be the only combination that works with my HM-801. So be it!
Now, I'm loading today's newly created FLAC files onto a bunch of older 32GB (natively FAT32) SD cards that I had previously retired from service. Having just tested one of them in the HM-801, it is scanning the 32GB card without locking up and playing the files just fine (44/16 and 96/24, no popping between tracks.)
The lost weekend comes to a close...
Awesome sound, though! Living with the HM-801 is like eating a properly aged, medium-rare, Kobe Wagyu filet mignon on a slab of durian fruit. It's hard, but not impossible, to enjoy the good amid all that's bad.
Edited by zilch0md - 9/8/13 at 9:16pm