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Aaron S. Field
2005-04-04, 19:31
SB2 Users:

I am considering purchase of the SB2 but I have one concern that I've been unable to answer in searching the FAQ/archives: Most of my audio files are either AAC or Apple Lossless. Does Slimserver6 do a server-side conversion to another format before streaming to the SB2, and then convert to PCM prior to D/A conversion on the SB2 side? If so, I fear heavy CPU usage and loss of fidelity from the extra format conversion.

Thanks
Aaron

kdf
2005-04-04, 20:09
Quoting "Aaron S. Field" <afield (AT) charter (DOT) net>:

> SB2 Users:
>
> I am considering purchase of the SB2 but I have one concern that I've been
> unable to answer in searching the FAQ/archives: Most of my audio files are
> either AAC or Apple Lossless. Does Slimserver6 do a server-side conversion to
> another format before streaming to the SB2, and then convert to PCM prior to
> D/A conversion on the SB2 side? If so, I fear heavy CPU usage and loss of
> fidelity from the extra format conversion.

slimserver converts AAC/lossless to either PCM or FLAC(via PCM). SB2 prefers
FLAC conversion to save bandwidth, but you can disable this in favour of
straight to PCM. the huge buffer in teh SB2 should cover you for any network
flux. however, since FLAC is lossless, you wont lose any fidelity if you
chooose to save bandwidth in favour of a bit of cpu.

-kdf