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post #241 of 593

You're welcome. :). I thank the people who took the time to create these resources and distribute them. The problem is they didn't go about it in the most sensible way. Basically they did everything in fragments which made it a PITA to figure out. It took me a little while to figure out I was missing the bat files to go with the extractor. I was getting pissed myself actually :P.
 

post #242 of 593
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coming from zero programming background I was learning how to create the batch file, i did not know whether to spend the weekend learning or listening to music. Just finished extracting, audiogate works like a charm, it is a must for DSD files. It tags wonderfully and also converts files into all other formats. Highly recommend it. 

 

http://www.korguser.net/audiogate/en/index.html

post #243 of 593
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coming from zero programming background I was learning how to create the batch file, i did not know whether to spend the weekend learning or listening to music. Just finished extracting, audiogate works like a charm, it is a must for DSD files. It tags wonderfully and also converts files into all other formats. Highly recommend it. 

 

http://www.korguser.net/audiogate/en/index.html

 

I'm already using it ;). I posted the link regarding it earlier. It is a very good program. So can you use it to convert directly from isos? Would be nice?

 

Listening to  Erich Kunzel and Cincinnati Pops Orcheestra. OMG this is amazing. I'm usually not into classical but this just makes you love classical :). So much depth to the sound. The imperial march theme is so much more palpable (Darth Vaders song ;). Drums feel like drums (feel).

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I'm already using it ;). I posted the link regarding it earlier. It is a very good program. So can you use it to convert directly from isos? Would be nice?

 

Listening to  Erich Kunzel and Cincinnati Pops Orcheestra. OMG this is amazing. I'm usually not into classical but this just makes you love classical :). So much depth to the sound. The imperial march theme is so much more palpable (Darth Vaders song ;). Drums feel like drums (feel).

No sadly not directly from iso, however once the iso is converted to individual files using your bat files rest can be done by that program (converting to 24/192 flac, wav, etc)

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No sadly not directly from iso, however once the iso is converted to individual files using your bat files rest can be done by that program (converting to 24/192 flac, wav, etc)

 

The only thing I don't like with using the bat files is it seems to add a few extra seconds to the recording itself. I'm not sure if AudioGate can get rid of that extra silence in the tracks?

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I'm already using it ;). I posted the link regarding it earlier. It is a very good program. So can you use it to convert directly from isos? Would be nice?

 

Listening to  Erich Kunzel and Cincinnati Pops Orcheestra. OMG this is amazing. I'm usually not into classical but this just makes you love classical :). So much depth to the sound. The imperial march theme is so much more palpable (Darth Vaders song ;). Drums feel like drums (feel).

 

Nice Audiophile favorite - great dynamics and lots of emphasized percussions place in the forefront.......NICEksc75smile.gif

post #247 of 593
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Holy cow the DSD HSS better gain and dynamic range compared to redbook consider me a believer.
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Holy cow the DSD HSS better gain and dynamic range compared to redbook consider me a believer.

 

I was wondering when you would come around? It's just annoying when you have people who don't own said gear and are making sweeping-statements. Did you listen to the other tracks I gave you I take? ;).

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I was wondering when you would come around? It's just annoying when you have people who don't own said gear and are making sweeping-statements. Did you listen to the other tracks I gave you I take? wink.gif.
I did they sounded good but I couldn't compare it as I didn't have the 24 bit to compare it. I still believe mastering is still more important. I will finish downloading the rest tomorrow.
Edited by audionewbi - 7/20/13 at 4:22am
post #250 of 593
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I did they sounded good but I couldn't compare it add I didn't have the 24 bit to compare it. I still believe mastering is still more important. Ryan's fire the file I will finish downloading the rest tomorrow.


Keep in mind your SACD rip is 24 bit :). For reference in general I'm finding SACD to be better than vinyl. But that isn't all the time. As you said it depends hugely on the mastering as well as the quality of the recording itself.

post #251 of 593
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Keep in mind your SACD rip is 24 bit :). For reference in general I'm finding SACD to be better than vinyl. But that isn't all the time. As you said it depends hugely on the mastering as well as the quality of the recording itself.

I am after tublur bells DSD files which seems no one is selling, I have the studio master somewhere on a disc, I love to compare that with DSD format. 

 

Also I have noticed that DSD playback slows down responsivness of AK120 alot. 


Edited by audionewbi - 7/20/13 at 4:25am
post #252 of 593

Yeah DSD isn't available on all CDs. Actually not on a whole lot if you take into consideration all music :P. But there still is a crap load of good material. Several hundred CDs available as well as other downloads.

 

That's the crappy part. I'm sure its due to all the processing the AK120 is having to do. Probably would make hardware conversion that much more handy. I also notice the AK120 eats through the battery quite fast playing DSD files.
 

post #253 of 593
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Good thing i got three DSD albums, but might order the one Gavin suggested, the free playback sounds darn good. 

post #254 of 593

I'm loading up my second SD card with DSD files :). I didn't even bother to load hi-res music until I heard how good this sounded :P.
 

post #255 of 593
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I'm already using it ;). I posted the link regarding it earlier. It is a very good program. So can you use it to convert directly from isos? Would be nice?

 

Listening to  Erich Kunzel and Cincinnati Pops Orcheestra. OMG this is amazing. I'm usually not into classical but this just makes you love classical :). So much depth to the sound. The imperial march theme is so much more palpable (Darth Vaders song ;). Drums feel like drums (feel).

 

 

my favourite is the Round Up album.

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