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tomodan
2010-10-05, 15:38
Hi all, new to the forum, its been very useful for getting info about my new (to me) squeezeboxes but I am stuck on this one. I have a couple of Squeezebox 1s and a slimp3 (love the design!) and all of my music is stored in FLAC format. I have managed to instal LAME so the Slimp3 will play my music however does this mean that the Squeezebox 1s will be playing transcoded MP3s or will they still play FLAC?

tcutting
2010-10-05, 16:25
I didn't think the SB1 was capable of playing FLAC native anyway... am I wrong? Were you able to play FLACs on your SB1's without transcoding?

m1abrams
2010-10-05, 20:04
I didn't think the SB1 was capable of playing FLAC native anyway... am I wrong? Were you able to play FLACs on your SB1's without transcoding?

SB1 could play FLAC transcoded to WAV, however the slimp3 could only play mp3 so the flac would need transcoding to mp3.

The SB1 will still play the FLAC transcoded as WAV as long as you keep the FileTypes to the default setting and do not have bitrate limiting turned on for that device.

pfarrell
2010-10-05, 20:26
On 10/05/2010 07:25 PM, tcutting wrote:
> I didn't think the SB1 was capable of playing FLAC native anyway... am I
> wrong? Were you able to play FLACs on your SB1's without transcoding?

Depends on your exact wording. The SB1 could only play MP3 and PCM/WAV,
but the SqueezeBoxServer would automatically decompress FLAC on the fly
and send the PCM to the SB1. Worked great wired. With WiFi, it was
marginal. The decompressed PCM data took up twice the bandwidth of the
FLAC, and the SB1 had a very limited buffer space.

The SB2 and later versions could accept flac directly, and had buffers
at least twice as big. This effectively gave the SB2 four times the
buffer space, so WiFi usage was a lot more reliable.

Since the SB1 could not do anything without a server, and the server
automatically handled flac files, one could say that the SB1 music
system worked fine on flac files.


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