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David Cullen
2004-04-28, 04:20
Interesting:
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I can't tell the difference between the mp3 and the original, and it's all
being played on good kit (Arcam, with QED Silver anniversary cable and
MS-901 speakers)
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I was quite suprised that I *could* hear the difference given that my kit is
old/not expensive (18 yr old NAD 3020e / 5 yr old B&W DM601s). Just to make
sure I wasn't imagining it I did a blind test on the wife and she
immediately picked out which was the mp3 and which was the CD.

To my mind the process of ripping and encoding is so labour intensive when
you are talking a large collection that it justifies the outlay on a new
larger HD but then again if you are happy with the sound it doesn't seem
worth it.

Of course at present riping to FLAC for me is a little academic since I only
have a slimp3 rather than an SB but when funds allow that will go into the
bedroom and I will get a wired SB for the living room along with a DAC and a
new amp/speakers :-))

Main thing is I won't have to re-rip/encode to get the best possible sound
plus as you can un-encode FLAC should something better come along in the
future I can swap to that.

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[mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com]On Behalf Of Jim Willsher
Sent: 28 April 2004 11:38
To: discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
Subject: [slim] Ripping CD collection flac - no way!


Hi All,

A few days ago I posted questions here about re-ripping my CD collection.
Well, I did a trial last night. Even on maximum compression, most CDs
dropped from (average) 550 Mb to (average) 370 Mb. Yes it was fast, and yes
the quality is obviously perfect, but I just don't have that space! I have a
RAID-protected capacity of 160Gb, so I'd struggle to get more than a couple
of hundred albums on there.

Shame. I was all excited about flac, but I just don't have the space to
store all my files in that format. Instead I'm re-ripping to MP3 as stereo,
44.1, 320kbps, high quality. CDs are taking nearer to 100Mb to store, which
is much more manageable. I can't tell the difference between the mp3 and the
original, and it's all being played on good kit (Arcam, with QED Silver
anniversary cable and MS-901 speakers).

Just thought I'd post this, in case somebody else was in the same dilemma as
me. Yes it's great to be able to rip to flac, but the compression just isn't
quite good enough for my own needs, not without investing heavily in new
storage.



Jim