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Originally Posted by uzi2 View Post
 

You have to use a DAC to listen to digital music - Digital Analog Converter - your headphones/speakers require an analog signal.

 

The question you have to ask is which equipment has the best DAC?

 

It's extremely unlikely to be your PC, so streaming digital to either X5 or HiFi and allowing them to do the conversion will result in superior sound.

 

Only you will know whether the DAC in X5 is better than the DAC in your HiFi amp - you can compare by using line out (X5's DAC) or coax out (Hifi's DAC) and seeing which you prefer.

Thanks - that's good information.  However, since I have almost all the same music on my X5, and on my PC...connecting my X5 directly to my home system vs. connecting PC to X5 as DAC, and then through home system - probably won't make much difference....right?

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Exactly the same.

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Originally Posted by uzi2 View Post
 


I've been using mp3tag and it works as it should for FLAC, but not MP3 or DSF - I will experiment some more....

It would be easier if external album art was supported - folder.jpg or cover.jpg and it has been promised ever since the X3 first appeared.

 

Edit: Using Foobar to attach the cover.jpg loads exactly the same tag as Mp3tag and has the same result with my X5. The embedded image shows up fine with a FLAC file but not with MP3 or DSD

This gets even weirder - Mp3 embedded art not showing on X5 - converted to flac - embedded art shows up fine! ????

FLAC with embedded art to MP3 - artwork shows!

 

I'm using JRiver to embed cover art onto my DSF files, and they show up fine on my X5, along with all the correct tags.

My high-res PCM files are all ALAC and their cover art shows up fine using iTunes to embed them.

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I'm using JRiver to embed cover art onto my DSF files, and they show up fine on my X5, along with all the correct tags.

My high-res PCM files are all ALAC and their cover art shows up fine using iTunes to embed them.

+1....  Managing cover art generally seems to be much easier with JRiver than with Foobar, IMO.

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I used dBpoweramp to embed all my cover art, and I can report that with all my files -- MP3, FLAC, and DSF -- it displays successfully on the X5. I used 800x800 images or lower for all of it.

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How well does the x5 work for low impedance iems? Any hiss?
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I have 121 dB sensitive and 16 ohms impedance CIEM and I hear no hiss on low or high gain. I listen at the level between 27-34
post #8903 of 19485

Embedded art problem solved

 

I now have it working in FLAC, MP3 and DSF

 

My Mp3tag settings were to write ID3v2 as ID3V2.4UTF-8 - changing this to ID3v2.3UTF-16 has fixed it...

 

Many thanks to all who responded and I hope this may help anyone experiencing similar problems.

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Originally Posted by sandalaudio View Post
 

 

I'm using JRiver to embed cover art onto my DSF files, and they show up fine on my X5, along with all the correct tags.

My high-res PCM files are all ALAC and their cover art shows up fine using iTunes to embed them.


How do you use iTunes to embed the art in files in albums ripped from CD's.  I couldn't figure it out.  I upgraded to the X5 from using an iPhone and am new to working outside the apple universe.

 

Any help would be appreciated.

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If I'm using itunes, I usually find the cover picture I want to use on Amazon or something similar and copy the image to the clipboard. In itunes, select all of the tracks you want to assign the cover image to (either navigate to just the album or highlight the desired tracks using CTRL or SHIFT to select them). Right click on the selected tracks and go to Get Info. In the lower right corner of the window that pops up there should be a blank square labeled Artwork. Right click in the square and paste the image in the clipboard and then hit OK. Depending on the number of files, it can take a few seconds to update everything.

 

I will say that since getting my X5, i've transitioned to using MediaMonkey for music management. It's got some pretty powerful tools for building the desired folder structure on the microSD card and keeps everything in sync.


Edited by nafran - 5/8/14 at 8:41am
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Originally Posted by nafran View Post
 

If I'm using itunes, I usually find the cover picture I want to use on Amazon or something similar and copy the image to the clipboard. In itunes, select all of the tracks you want to assign the cover image to (either navigate to just the album or highlight the desired tracks using CTRL or SHIFT to select them). Right click on the selected tracks and go to Get Info. In the lower right corner of the window that pops up there should be a blank square labeled Artwork. Right click in the square and paste the image in the clipboard and then hit OK. Depending on the number of files, it can take a few seconds to update everything.

 

I will say that since getting my X5, i've transitioned to using MediaMonkey for music management. It's got some pretty powerful tools for building the desired folder structure on the microSD card and keeps everything in sync.


Thanks for the help.  At some point I will probably switch to use FooBar or MediaMonkey.  However, I don't want to re-rip all my 400ish CD's again.  I just re-ripped them about 5 mos ago to upgrade from AAC 256 to ALAC after learning better (from head-fi) and getting decent headphones.

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Originally Posted by Jess70 View Post
 


Thanks for the help.  At some point I will probably switch to use FooBar or MediaMonkey.  However, I don't want to re-rip all my 400ish CD's again.  I just re-ripped them about 5 mos ago to upgrade from AAC 256 to ALAC after learning better (from head-fi) and getting decent headphones.

Don't worry about having to re-rip anything. Not sure about FooBar, but you can just point MediaMonkey at the location of your current library and it will take care of the rest. It will even scan your itunes library files and import the already existing playlists. As I still have and an ipod classic I've been hesitant to move completely to MM but so far everyone has played nicely together. I still use itunes for the big changes since it doesn't deal with big outside updates as smoothly as MM, but all changes to the X5 files are done in MM.

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Originally Posted by Jess70 View Post


How do you use iTunes to embed the art in files in albums ripped from CD's.  I couldn't figure it out.  I upgraded to the X5 from using an iPhone and am new to working outside the apple universe.

Any help would be appreciated.

You might want to leave appleworld and give the free mp3tag a go. I just listed the steps I use for embedding art in the new X5 art thread. It goes to Amazon, discogs etc for you to get cover art.
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Originally Posted by AndrewH13 View Post

You might want to leave appleworld and give the free mp3tag a go. I just listed the steps I use for embedding art in the new X5 art thread. It goes to Amazon, discogs etc for you to get cover art.

I second this.

Up until last year, august, i was happy with iTubes on my iPhone, but then i got my X3, and realised that MP3tag and foobar are so much better for tagging, and playback.

I've converted my ALAC files to FLAC using dBpoweramp converter.
this isn't free software, but there's a 21 day trial.
post #8910 of 19485
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I've converted my ALAC files to FLAC using dBpoweramp converterl.

Out of curiosity, why not with foobar?
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