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goochjs
2016-08-17, 09:23
Hi,

I bought Dinosaur Jr's new album from Bandcamp, downloading it as FLAC. However, it plays back in a very odd way - it seems to have some extreme vibrato on it and also speeds up and slows down.

This is recorded by holding my phone up to my laptop speaker, playing the FLAC directly. It's a bit thin and "spacey" because of the rubbish speakers but...

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/54020186/Laptop-Tiny.m4a

...compare it to this one, recorded by holding my phone up to my stereo speaker, playing the same FLAC file through the Squeezebox.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/54020186/Squeezebox-Tiny.m4a
It has lots of a vibrato-style effect on it and then speeds up slightly.

I've got two Squeezeboxes and both have the same problem. Something wrong in the transcoding? I'm bamboozled.

What could it be?

Thanks,

J.

Apesbrain
2016-08-17, 09:40
Problems like this are often solved by re-encoding the file(s) using FLAC default compression factor.

Modern Squeezeboxes don't transcode FLAC; it plays natively.

goochjs
2016-08-17, 09:42
Problems like this are often solved by re-encoding the file(s) using FLAC default compression factor.

Modern Squeezeboxes don't transcode FLAC; it plays natively.

Thanks - I can't re-encode it, though, as I downloaded it as FLAC. I'm going to try downloading it as WAV and encoding it myself. Whilst I do it, I'll also remind myself why I buy CDs... :cool:

Apesbrain
2016-08-17, 09:46
Thanks - I can't re-encode it, though, as I downloaded it as FLAC.
Just load the FLACs into your favorite converter and "convert" them to FLAC. Use -5 compression.

goochjs
2016-08-17, 09:48
Just load the FLACs into your favorite converter and "convert" them to FLAC. Use -5 compression.

Thanks - I'll give it a go.

goochjs
2016-08-18, 01:53
It was an encoding problem. I downloaded the WAVs and re-encoded - all good.