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    Natan & Nicki Tiefenbrun
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    Squeezebox 2 audio quality.

    Julian,

    I read your post with great enthusiasm - I'm hooking my SB up to a Linn
    DAC, and even with raw WAVs it doesn't sound half as good as the CD
    player with digital out, so I assume it's to do with the clocking.

    I was wondering, with SB2, can you discern any difference between WAV &
    FLAC streamed from the server? I ask because I'm about to pay someone to
    rip my whole CD collection, and can't decide whether to go FLAC with
    Tags, or use directory/filename and stick with WAV. Got plenty of
    storage, so compression not a requirement.

    One other deciding factor would be the ease of converting the whole
    library back to mp3/aac so that I could also load my ipod etc.

    Tks

    Natan



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  2. #2
    JJ
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    Squeezebox 2 audio quality.

    See this post on another audio board. Very interesting, or troubling, or
    .... something.

    http://www.audioasylum.com/forums/pc...ages/3341.html



    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Natan & Nicki Tiefenbrun" <tiefenbruns (AT) blueyonder (DOT) co.uk>
    To: <discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com>
    Sent: Wednesday, March 30, 2005 2:59 PM
    Subject: [slim] Squeezebox 2 audio quality.


    > Julian,
    >
    > I read your post with great enthusiasm - I'm hooking my SB up to a Linn
    > DAC, and even with raw WAVs it doesn't sound half as good as the CD
    > player with digital out, so I assume it's to do with the clocking.
    >
    > I was wondering, with SB2, can you discern any difference between WAV &
    > FLAC streamed from the server? I ask because I'm about to pay someone to
    > rip my whole CD collection, and can't decide whether to go FLAC with
    > Tags, or use directory/filename and stick with WAV. Got plenty of
    > storage, so compression not a requirement.
    >
    > One other deciding factor would be the ease of converting the whole
    > library back to mp3/aac so that I could also load my ipod etc.

  3. #3
    Mike Reeve
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    Squeezebox 2 audio quality.

    Natan & Nicki Tiefenbrun <tiefenbruns@...> writes:

    > I'm hooking my SB up to a Linn
    > DAC, and even with raw WAVs it doesn't sound half as good as the CD
    > player with digital out, so I assume it's to do with the clocking.


    Hi

    Just in case you are running a wireless set up ...
    .... have you checked (and I apologise if you have already done so)
    that you have set Player Settings > Bitrate Limiting to No Limit?

    [Recall that it defaults to transcoding to 320Kbps MP3 ...
    .... I forgot this once after changing my set up
    and had a moment of shock/panic until I remembered :-O]

    Mike

  4. #4

    Squeezebox 2 audio quality.

    Mike Reeve wrote:

    >Natan & Nicki Tiefenbrun <tiefenbruns@...> writes:
    >
    >
    >
    >>I'm hooking my SB up to a Linn
    >>DAC, and even with raw WAVs it doesn't sound half as good as the CD
    >>player with digital out, so I assume it's to do with the clocking.
    >>
    >>

    >
    >Hi
    >
    >Just in case you are running a wireless set up ...
    >... have you checked (and I apologise if you have already done so)
    >that you have set Player Settings > Bitrate Limiting to No Limit?
    >
    >[Recall that it defaults to transcoding to 320Kbps MP3 ...
    >... I forgot this once after changing my set up
    >and had a moment of shock/panic until I remembered :-O]
    >
    >
    >

    My suggestion exactly. We've done bit-accuracy testing with FLAC, so
    it's definitely not in the decoder on the box. My guess is that there's
    MP3 transcoding going on.

    --Vidur

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