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PAUL WILLIAMSON
2005-03-15, 13:13
Is there a way (talking about 6.0, not 5.4.x) to tell Slimserver to
randomize some play modes and playing songs in order. An
example of each:

Random: Select an artist and hit play. It would be nice to be
able to exclude some genres (like Christmas) on the fly, but I'll
save that for another day.

Non-random: Select a playlist.

Right now, it seems like you can either randomize everything
or nothing. Is this the expected behavior?

Paul

kdf
2005-03-15, 13:42
Quoting PAUL WILLIAMSON <pwilliamson (AT) mandtbank (DOT) com>:

> Is there a way (talking about 6.0, not 5.4.x) to tell Slimserver to
> randomize some play modes and playing songs in order. An
> example of each:
>
> Random: Select an artist and hit play. It would be nice to be
> able to exclude some genres (like Christmas) on the fly, but I'll
> save that for another day.
>
> Non-random: Select a playlist.
>
> Right now, it seems like you can either randomize everything
> or nothing. Is this the expected behavior?
>
you can shuffle by song, or by album. current mode is what you get.

There are already requests for several tweaks to random:
http://bugs.slimdevices.com/show_bug.cgi?id=549
http://bugs.slimdevices.com/show_bug.cgi?id=40
http://bugs.slimdevices.com/show_bug.cgi?id=22

for auto playlists:
http://bugs.slimdevices.com/show_bug.cgi?id=380

and one I can't find at the moment to store certain info (like shuffle pref) on
a per playlist basis.

-kdf
-kdf

Richard Elen
2005-03-15, 14:01
I have a number of DTS CDs and I notice that if I rip content to .WAV
(which should basically just suck the data off the disc) they don't
decode at the SB end (you get white noise, which is what you get if you
try lossy-encoding them). I am using S/PDIF coax out of the box into a
surround processor which will spot a DTS stream if one is fed to it:
what settings/procedures (at any part of the process from disc to
digital output) should I be using to ensure a bit-accurate digital path
from CD to the SB via the Slimserver?

The data on a DTS CD pretends to be 44.1/16 PCM but in fact is encoded
with the surround data: for this to work there must be a way of
maintaining data integrity from one end to the other - otherwise it's
not 'lossless' of course :). Is there transcoding going on with .WAV
sources end-to-end?

Suggestions welcome! This would be a cool facility, and presumably
server/client version independent if lossless formats are available
(which they are). I tried it years ago with an Escient server: it ripped
the disc losslessly to temp storage on the HD, then encoded it at its
leisure (with no lossless mode). So you could play back the surround
/only/ until it had completed lossy encoding, after which you got noise.
Boring.

--Richard E

Aaron Zinck
2005-03-15, 14:15
This has been discussed. The problem seems to be that the squeezebox passes
a bit-perfect stream...except for the fact that it inverts the sign of the
bits. So...folks have gotten dts-encoded tracks to play properly by
inverting the sign of the source file then when it's reinverted on the
squeezebox it plays properly.

see this post:

http://forums.slimdevices.com/gforum.cgi?post=34126#34126

Richard Elen
2005-03-15, 14:37
Thanks for this... I gather SB2 corrects the problem. No guesses as to
which unit will be connected to the surround system once the SB2
arrives, then! I might sign-invert a file to see what happens but apart
from that I'll wait...

--Richard E

Aaron Zinck wrote:
> This has been discussed. The problem seems to be that the squeezebox passes
> a bit-perfect stream...except for the fact that it inverts the sign of the
> bits. So...folks have gotten dts-encoded tracks to play properly by
> inverting the sign of the source file then when it's reinverted on the
> squeezebox it plays properly.
>
> see this post:
>
> http://forums.slimdevices.com/gforum.cgi?post=34126#34126

Jason Snell
2005-03-15, 14:54
Richard Elen wrote:

>Thanks for this... I gather SB2 corrects the problem. No guesses as
>to which unit will be connected to the surround system once the SB2
>arrives, then! I might sign-invert a file to see what happens but
>apart from that I'll wait...

According to the Slim guys, SB2 should work fine in playing WAVs from DTS CDs.

Now if we can only get AC3 files to work... :-)

-jason
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