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Jacob Weber
2005-03-16, 08:25
Hello. I've found that I need to use SlimServer's Bitrate Limiting
feature at 256 kbps, or my music won't play smoothly. I'd prefer not to
use this, since the audio is already compressed. Is my experience
typical, or is there something I could do to improve things?

According to the control panel, my SlimServer is receiving a signal
strength of around 62-70%. My music is in 160kbps AAC format, and I'm
using an Apple AirPort card.

Thanks,
Jacob
(jacob (AT) jacobweber (DOT) com)

Marc Sherman
2005-03-16, 08:54
Jacob Weber wrote:
> Hello. I've found that I need to use SlimServer's Bitrate Limiting
> feature at 256 kbps, or my music won't play smoothly. I'd prefer not to
> use this, since the audio is already compressed. Is my experience
> typical, or is there something I could do to improve things?
>
> According to the control panel, my SlimServer is receiving a signal
> strength of around 62-70%. My music is in 160kbps AAC format, and I'm
> using an Apple AirPort card.

If it's AAC, it has to be transcoded. Without bitrate limiting, it will
be transcoded (well, decoded) to PCM, which is pretty much guaranteed to
get dropouts with a wireless SB1, regardless of the signal strength.

If you're concerned about quality loss due to transcoding from lossy AAC
to lossy MP3, I'd recommend re-ripping to MP3 or FLAC.

- Marc

Robin Bowes
2005-03-16, 15:33
Marc Sherman wrote:

> If it's AAC, it has to be transcoded. Without bitrate limiting, it will
> be transcoded (well, decoded) to PCM, which is pretty much guaranteed to
> get dropouts with a wireless SB1, regardless of the signal strength.

<sigh> No it isn't. Many have reported dropout-free playback of PCM
audio to a wireless SB1, myself included (flac->PCM)

R.
--
http://robinbowes.com

Daryle A. Tilroe
2005-03-16, 18:30
Robin Bowes wrote:

> Marc Sherman wrote:
>
>> If it's AAC, it has to be transcoded. Without bitrate limiting, it
>> will be transcoded (well, decoded) to PCM, which is pretty much
>> guaranteed to get dropouts with a wireless SB1, regardless of the
>> signal strength.
>
>
> <sigh> No it isn't. Many have reported dropout-free playback of PCM
> audio to a wireless SB1, myself included (flac->PCM)

I refuse to get dragged into this debate again. :-)


--
Daryle A. Tilroe

Marc Sherman
2005-03-17, 06:09
Daryle A. Tilroe wrote:
> Robin Bowes wrote:
>
>> Marc Sherman wrote:
>>
>>> If it's AAC, it has to be transcoded. Without bitrate limiting, it
>>> will be transcoded (well, decoded) to PCM, which is pretty much
>>> guaranteed to get dropouts with a wireless SB1, regardless of the
>>> signal strength.
>>
>>
>>
>> <sigh> No it isn't. Many have reported dropout-free playback of PCM
>> audio to a wireless SB1, myself included (flac->PCM)
>
>
> I refuse to get dragged into this debate again. :-)

Sorry. I was going by my memory of the last time this thread came up,
which was clearly faulty. Please ignore my original message.

- Marc