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post #481 of 1453
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Originally Posted by gelocks View Post
 

 

Hahaha no lee!

I have the original CDs. 

I mean from CD to FLAC directly. ;-)

 

BTW, do ppl still use EAC as the main converter?

I haven't used any software for conversion in a while. 

 

Still use EAC here. :smile_phones:

When I first entered the digital age, I dug out all the old CDs and I could never get some of them ripped until I discovered EAC. Some of them were horribly scratched, but eventually I got all but one successfully ripped.

 

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Originally Posted by miceblue View Post


What??? Won't that take ages? It takes about 5 minutes to rip a CD with EAC when the CD is in good condition. At least for me it does. I have all the stupid parameters set properly and paranoid ripping or whatever EAC decides to do for accurate rips in FLAC.

Well...have fun with that?

I wanted to convert my FLAC library to ALAC some day so that people can easily browse iTunes during local meets, instead of slow Clementine, ugly Foobar, or just browsing my music folders.

 

One of my old scratched CDs took most of a day to rip...4 hours on one song! But it wouldn't even play in any player, and EAC managed to rip it, so it earned my loyalty that day.

 

I don't mind if it takes a little longer to rip with EAC than with something else....at least I know it will be done properly. 

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One thing I noticed about EAC is that on newer drives it does not spin the drive up to full speed.  There is an issue with the firmware..don't ask I don't know what it is.  But the work around is to go to EAC->"Drive options" and under the Extraction method tab click on "examine C2 feature..." let it start the process and listen for the drive to spin up then cancel it and then immediately start the rip.  I know it sucks but it works.

post #483 of 1453

I'm not sure EAC is still being developed. Its website seems functional, but there's apparently been no word from the program's author in more than two years. Remember that EAC isn't done; it's still beta software.

post #484 of 1453
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Originally Posted by gelocks View Post
 

 

5 minutes?

It's been like 20 minutes and I've only ripped 10 songs from my Operation Ivy CD (like 20+ songs)... maybe I configured something wrong as the CD is in good condition! Hmmmm... anyway, that's the plan. Let's see if with updated files, the X3 behaves better and finally creates the library database correctly... ugh!

 

Mine normally takes around 10 minutes or so depending on the CD. If its in good condition generally around 10 minutes. The point of EAC is that is verifies the rip is accurate. Now if your not a purist just rip it in a couple minutes and be done with it. Just the likely hood you got an accurate rip isn't very high.

 

itunes is so last century ;)...

post #485 of 1453
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Originally Posted by gelocks View Post

 

5 minutes?
It's been like 20 minutes and I've only ripped 10 songs from my Operation Ivy CD (like 20+ songs)... maybe I configured something wrong as the CD is in good condition! Hmmmm... anyway, that's the plan. Let's see if with updated files, the X3 behaves better and finally creates the library database correctly... ugh!

Mine normally takes around 10 minutes or so depending on the CD. If its in good condition generally around 10 minutes. The point of EAC is that is verifies the rip is accurate. Now if your not a purist just rip it in a couple minutes and be done with it. Just the likely hood you got an accurate rip isn't very high.

itunes is so last century wink.gif...
Yeah screw that number. Taylor Swift's Fearless CD (I've only used it maybe 4 times since I bought it new) took 41 minutes to rip + 1 minute to detect the pre-gaps. Add on another 3 hours to get my drive to read past track 2 (I've been trying to rip the dang thing since my last post). I have no idea why, but it seems to be a really crappy optical drive for EAC rips. Sometimes it works, sometimes it gets to track 2 and freezes/becomes non-responsive indefinitely.
post #486 of 1453
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Yeah screw that number. Taylor Swift's Fearless CD (I've only used it maybe 4 times since I bought it new) took 41 minutes to rip + 1 minute to detect the pre-gaps. Add on another 3 hours to get my drive to read past track 2 (I've been trying to rip the dang thing since my last post). I have no idea why, but it seems to be a really crappy optical drive for EAC rips. Sometimes it works, sometimes it gets to track 2 and freezes/becomes non-responsive indefinitely.

 

Your drive must have good taste. It is rejecting anything "Taylor Swift" ;) lol.

post #487 of 1453
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Originally Posted by miceblue View Post


Yeah screw that number. Taylor Swift's Fearless CD (I've only used it maybe 4 times since I bought it new) took 41 minutes to rip + 1 minute to detect the pre-gaps. Add on another 3 hours to get my drive to read past track 2 (I've been trying to rip the dang thing since my last post). I have no idea why, but it seems to be a really crappy optical drive for EAC rips. Sometimes it works, sometimes it gets to track 2 and freezes/becomes non-responsive indefinitely.

 

the good looking ones always mess you about... I've heard the fat ones love a good seeing to (Adele etc.), they're right up for it and love nothing better than you ripping right into them... just don't mention you 'ripped into a good fatty' to your mates down the pub.


Edited by OK-Guy - 12/22/13 at 6:12am
post #488 of 1453
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Originally Posted by lee730 View Post
 

 

Your drive must have good taste. It is rejecting anything "Taylor Swift" ;) lol.

 

quality :bigsmile_face:

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post #490 of 1453
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Originally Posted by gelocks View Post

5 minutes?

It's been like 20 minutes and I've only ripped 10 songs from my Operation Ivy CD (like 20+ songs)... maybe I configured something wrong as the CD is in good condition! Hmmmm... anyway, that's the plan. Let's see if with updated files, the X3 behaves better and finally creates the library database correctly... ugh!

Like BearFNF, I use dBPowerAmp.  It is not free, but I have been using it for years.  It does accurate ripping, and compares against a CRC database of other user's rips across the world.  If your cd is in the database (almost every cd I have ever done that is not brand-new-this-week is in the database.)  your rips can take as little as 2 to 5 minutes with accuracy.  If it has to accurately verify the disc, then you are getting into the 10 to 20 minute range.

 

That also will depend on the settings you chose, the drive you have, the disc, all that good stuff.  But I'm betting your basic Taylor Swift will go as fast as a front row ticket to her concerts. Gosh ;-)

 

dBPoweramp also has a tie-in feature that works with your windows explorer file system.  Open the directory where your FLAC is stored.  Highlight all the songs on your album.  right click the mouse.  There will be a dBpoweramp feature in your menu to convert your files.  You can then use that function to convert to other formats.  MP3, ALAC, Whatever dbpoweramp supports, just download the appropriate driver.  That conversion process can take under a minute.  I have an I7 cpu and DBpoweramp will convert then write 8 files at a time with about 75x conversion speed.  Ends up around 50 seconds to a minute.

post #491 of 1453
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Originally Posted by miceblue View Post

Is anyone here seriously considering getting that Sony PCM-D100 as a portable media player? :s
I'm interested in it, but at the same time, it looks ridiculously large. Maybe it'll be like a Samsung Galaxy S4 in my hand, meaning I can barely hold it in 1 hand.

It seems to have more distortion than the iBasso DX100, which has a pretty lame user interface that I wouldn't like to use.

I had the D50 - great little recorder, but I would never consider using it as a music source. I'm sure it would work fine, but you'd be getting a little too close to having a backpack audio station.

 

If you do happen to do any recorder though, I highly recommend these units.  I've also owned a very nice Tascam recorder and I think the Sony has it beat for audio quality & size.  Did some field recording of street musicians in Beijing about 3 years ago - extremely fun experience.

 

Go record something.

post #492 of 1453
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Originally Posted by Howlin Fester View Post
 

Like BearFNF, I use dBPowerAmp.  It is not free, but I have been using it for years.  It does accurate ripping, and compares against a CRC database of other user's rips across the world.  If your cd is in the database (almost every cd I have ever done that is not brand-new-this-week is in the database.)  your rips can take as little as 2 to 5 minutes with accuracy.  If it has to accurately verify the disc, then you are getting into the 10 to 20 minute range.

 

That also will depend on the settings you chose, the drive you have, the disc, all that good stuff.  But I'm betting your basic Taylor Swift will go as fast as a front row ticket to her concerts. Gosh ;-)

 

 

Hmmm interesting... I might try that one cause my CDs (most) should be clean and should go Ok... I guess... ;-)

 

Regarding Sony Recorders, I have the PCM-M10 and it works Ok, but for how I usually use my players (Shuffle mode through my whole library), it didn't work so... still use it for recording ideas and stuff ;-) ... So right now, I still value my Cowon C2, very tiny, EXCELLENT battery life, Ok sound and good effects. The FiiO X3 provides EXCELLENT clean sound with a bit of emphasis on the low end but good clarity overall but as per original post/video, UI/SW still sucks. Hopefully the AK100MK2 I should get next week will fare better... hopefully...

post #493 of 1453
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Originally Posted by Gignac View Post

I had the D50 - great little recorder, but I would never consider using it as a music source.

Did you try using its Line Out?

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Originally Posted by gelocks View Post

Regarding Sony Recorders, I have the PCM-M10 and it works Ok, ...

Did you try using its Line Out?

Mike
post #494 of 1453
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Originally Posted by zilch0md View Post

Did you try using its Line Out?

Mike

 

Yeah I did.

It sounds good but again, couldn't use it much due to me having to change folders and start playing them manually. Shuffle I WANT shuffle! ;-)

(and Sony doesn't seem to update the firmware much on these recorders...)

post #495 of 1453
Thanks! Yes, its strictly navigate by folder browsing, but the lack of firmware updates is awesome!
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