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post #121 of 216
I have been ripping all my cd's to a harddrive for the past 6 months and have another half year to go I think.
I bought a PSAudio PWD for playing back everything directly from harddrive with the network interface addon card coming out in May/June.

I rip all Hi-Res discs to AIFF, CD's to ALAC and have a small number of AAC's from the iTunes store. I mostly buy everything on CD for higher quality ripping and hardly buy from the iTunes store.
post #122 of 216
Is 192 kbps really considered "low bitrate"? I read somewhere that most humans can't recognize the difference in music above 160 kbps, which is why I stopped ripping my CDs in 320 and picked 192 as a safe zone for both quality and HD space saving. I'm surprised at how fine-tuned some of your ears are .. (unless it's placebo)
post #123 of 216
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Originally Posted by Cyrone View Post
Is 192 kbps really considered "low bitrate"? I read somewhere that most humans can't recognize the difference in music above 160 kbps, which is why I stopped ripping my CDs in 320 and picked 192 as a safe zone for both quality and HD space saving. I'm surprised at how fine-tuned some of your ears are .. (unless it's placebo)
Speaking ONLY FOR MYSELF, I choose to have everything in lossless ALAC (I'm a Mac guy) because I just don't want to ever question whether any "deficiency" I may hear is related to the format I'm using. There are already so many trade-offs when it comes to equipment, that I just won't make one when it comes to format. Can I tell a difference between ALAC & 256kbps AAC? MAYBE on certain tracks, maybe not. But all I know is that I have no cause to question my format b/c I'm listening to lossless. That's my rationale for using ALAC.
post #124 of 216
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Originally Posted by Cyrone View Post
Is 192 kbps really considered "low bitrate"? I read somewhere that most humans can't recognize the difference in music above 160 kbps, which is why I stopped ripping my CDs in 320 and picked 192 as a safe zone for both quality and HD space saving. I'm surprised at how fine-tuned some of your ears are .. (unless it's placebo)
I use ALAC (Apple Lossless) for everything even the files on my ipod classic are ALAC. 320, 192kbps is not good enough. You can clearly hear the difference - especially with classical and jazz music.
post #125 of 216
i would say 40%, 30%, 30% in vinyl, CD, FLAC ....... i would count FLAC as CD since i purchased the CDs and then ripped them on FLAC for my media center i would say i have about 800+ vinyl records, 500+ FLAC and about 1.2TB of stored music (high bitrate/FLAC) of the 1.2tb most of it is FLAC
post #126 of 216
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Originally Posted by Cyrone View Post
Is 192 kbps really considered "low bitrate"? I read somewhere that most humans can't recognize the difference in music above 160 kbps, which is why I stopped ripping my CDs in 320 and picked 192 as a safe zone for both quality and HD space saving. I'm surprised at how fine-tuned some of your ears are .. (unless it's placebo)
a little over 10 years ago when i was 16 and got my first car i redid the audio system in my car and i could definately tell the difference between 128kbps and 192kbps. about 6 years ago i got another car and redid the system with better components and could easily tell the difference between 160/'192kbps and 320kbps. from 320kbps - V0 - and FLAC to tell you the truth i can't for the most part but HDs are cheap now-a-days and if i spend the money on the CDs why not keep an almost exact copy stored for backups
post #127 of 216
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Originally Posted by Brandon7s View Post
I prefer V0 (or 320) MP3. I have never been able to tell a difference between them and FLAC, and the MP3s are much smaller, and it's much more convenient to have just one audio format than to have both FLAC and MP3 - the MP3 for my DAP and FLAC to PC. I'd rather just stick with MP3 and call it a day.
there's no inconvenience in having FLAC and MP3 unless you're using a Mac
post #128 of 216
ALAC, or the highest available
post #129 of 216
Wav via EAC rip...
post #130 of 216
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a little over 10 years ago when i was 16 and got my first car i redid the audio system in my car and i could definately tell the difference between 128kbps and 192kbps.
Yeah, the article said something that mirrors this - they said the jump from 128 to 192 was bigger than the jump from 192 to 320. But, I do not listen to jazz or classical and probably never will.. so if it's fair game for mainstream music I'll have to settle. Already 500 albums ripped @ 192.. not redoing it -_-
post #131 of 216
yeah i rip ALAC just to be safe for the most part, maybe i can hear it maybe i cant, but i want to know that its not my file format that might be affecting sound quality. Especially when i move up in equipment in the future. and HDD space is cheap.
post #132 of 216
For me, all of the music in my computer are FLAC and for on the go with ipods, I convert them to 320kbps MP3 in order to save space
post #133 of 216
CD, ALAC, and a small amount of 320 kbps AAC. My vinyl is taking a rest until I tweak my set-up.

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Originally Posted by feverfive View Post
Speaking ONLY FOR MYSELF, I choose to have everything in lossless ALAC (I'm a Mac guy) because I just don't want to ever question whether any "deficiency" I may hear is related to the format I'm using. There are already so many trade-offs when it comes to equipment, that I just won't make one when it comes to format. Can I tell a difference between ALAC & 256kbps AAC? MAYBE on certain tracks, maybe not. But all I know is that I have no cause to question my format b/c I'm listening to lossless. That's my rationale for using ALAC.
And a fine rationale it is. Mixing ALAC and 320 kbps AAC as I have been doing lately, when I don't like the sound of something, I always wonder whether it's the headphones, the source, the recording, or the format. Using only ALAC removes that one variable.
post #134 of 216
Only FLAC.
post #135 of 216
I put other because it's a combo really. I only have retail CDs and I rip them in both Apple Lossless (home listening) and 320kbps VBR AAC (portable listening).
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