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FLAC VS CD

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
Any comments on Flac? Is it worth me converting my whole CD collection to FLAC and saving it on HD? How does it compare against CD quality sound?
post #2 of 23
FLAC is lossless and is guaranteed to be so by checksums performed at the end of encoding. Theoretically, if you rip with cdparanoia, buffer properly during playback and use a good device for digital output, your computer will basically be the best transport possible.

I'd say it is worthwhile in may circumstances to encode your entire library. First of all, it's hugely convenient and much more portable if you use a laptop and an external HD.
post #3 of 23
Let me give a quick plug for Audio local clients such as the Audiotron and the Squeezebox. The latter is especially convenient for integrating into a stereo system.
post #4 of 23
Does anyone know of a program which will convert to FLAC in an Apple Macintosh OSX enviornment?

Gregg
post #5 of 23
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Originally posted by glevethan
Does anyone know of a program which will convert to FLAC in an Apple Macintosh OSX enviornment?
http://www.danrules.com/macflac/
http://software.emuscene.com/flacer.html
http://fink.sourceforge.net/pdb/package.php/flac
post #6 of 23
Thanks
I will check them out

Gregg
post #7 of 23
I tend to think of FLAC as MP4.
post #8 of 23
FLAC is pretty good, but I had problems with some seeking in foobar2000 and the encoder would crash often, so I switched back to using MPC which is nearly indistinguishable from the original CD in quality 8 mode after testing various quality settings. Also, cdparanoia is great on Unix systems but not so great in Windows, so I'd stay away from using it for ripping in Windows if you're using that. The latest build of EAC works pretty good overall, although it still doesn't produce perfect rips for me it is better with detecting track gaps properly compared to CDex and does better with skip detection.
post #9 of 23
oops i keep forgetting not everyone uses *nix. yeah i guess if you're a windows person it'd be better to go cdex/eac and ape.
post #10 of 23
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Originally posted by wallijonn
I tend to think of FLAC as MP4.
Don't.
post #11 of 23
Thread Starter 
I'm thinking i should just buy some 250 GIG hard drives, run them in tandem on a separate server through and Ethernet connection or firewire and do away with a CD player altogether. I've heard that recordable CD's deteriorate badly within 2 years so there is no point me backing up. I have noticed static here and there on copied CDs that are a few years old too.
post #12 of 23
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Originally posted by wallijonn
I tend to think of FLAC as MP4.
i was puzzled for quite some time over that until I realized that FLAC has several letters in common with AAC.
post #13 of 23
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Originally posted by Jon Beilin
i was puzzled for quite some time over that until I realized that FLAC has several letters in common with AAC.
wicked.
post #14 of 23
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Originally posted by Jon Beilin
i was puzzled for quite some time over that until I realized that FLAC has several letters in common with AAC.
Don't take any flack over that.
post #15 of 23
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Originally posted by ROSSOred
I'm thinking i should just buy some 250 GIG hard drives, run them in tandem on a separate server through and Ethernet connection or firewire and do away with a CD player altogether. I've heard that recordable CD's deteriorate badly within 2 years so there is no point me backing up. I have noticed static here and there on copied CDs that are a few years old too.
Sweet idea, but hardcore, dude. Do you really have THAT much music to fill up a few 250 gig hard drives??!?!
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