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    Cool digital ripping questions

    I am a digital newbie, thanks in advance for your help. Ripping my cd collection to FLAC files. Whats the best setting to use,
    16/44.1k or 24/96k? I have researched some other posts that said to stay with 16/44.1k since REDBOOK cd are that and
    best not to rip upsampling. Also what software do you use to play FLAC on a Windows based PC? Right now just ripping to my PC. But eventually would like to play them on my stereo system.
    Seems there are a lot of options and you have to find what works best for you. My computer is in the same room with the stereo and thinking about installing a sound card using the optical out to a dac in the stereo. Appreciate your feedback, thanks!

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    IMPORTANT: make sure you have your setting decisions made, before you begin the "torturous" journey of ripping your library---I speak from experience. What SW are you using to rip with?

    Media Monkey is free and will play/organize your flac library.

    Have a plan before starting, much like developing a database structure. This will save alot of work and heartache later. I'd recommend EAC (Exact Audio Copy) but there are other alternatives.

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    Start with a good ripping program. I really like dbpoweramp and their accuraterip system
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    I'd stick with FLAC. I've had some issues with metadata and WAV files. I rip with dbPowerAmp and it automatically creates the Artist folder and then the Album sub-folder with the FLAC files. When ripping the CD your genre can be set in the metadata (Rock, Pop, Soul etc.). When you want to sort by genre then it reads the metadata in your FLAC file.

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    Have finished ripping my CD collection and worked out great. I used Easy CD-DA Extractor; found the track titles, album info and album art. Ripped to FLAC first, then converted them to WMA Standard to use on a Playstation 3. Plan on using the FLAC files to run thru my 2 channel audio setup. My only "genre" is Classic Rock. I used 24 bit 44100 Hz for the FLAC and converted to WMA standard 320kbits. Now I need to figure out the best way to play the digital files on my stereo system. The FLAC files sound good on my PC right now though.
    Thanks for your advice.

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    This where you will be thinking how can I get my music everywhere in the house! You have completed the first stage of digital audio and you understand that Flac is the top choice for compression and using that forum to create other compressed audio. The second stage is the delivery, you can have your PC playback via headphones or have it close to your stereo running via optical or RCA. Then the music is still tied to one room. Wired/wireless Digital Audio Receivers (DAR's) are the easy way of delivery to any location within the home or even a patio. There are several systems out there and you really need to do your homework to see which one will fit the bill.

    Apple Airport/TV
    Sonos
    Logictech Squeezebox

    Those above are the most popular in use, but the squeezebox (the one I use) has reached the end of its great run and set the standard for all others to follow. I still standby this product and feel if SlimDevice (original Co) or Logictech would have done a marketing campaige like Bose does, Squeezebox would still be the one to beat. But with cell phones being the number one device for music it would be uphill battle to contend with all the apple Iphone ready AVR's and Dlna compatible units. I hear Sonos had a commerical during yesterday game (Denver & KC) which is what will be needed to get the word out as many more people like yourself are looking to store their vast collections of music on PC/Mac's and want to be able to sit back and enjoy.
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    I use EAC to rip to flac, and MediaMonkey for tagging/organizing when needed. SQB Touch-->Benchmark DAC. Soon I'll be moving to the Benchmark DAC2 D.

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    DB PowerAmp, Wave Files, 16/44.1, Error Correction "On"

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    EAC, FLAC (with the highest compression level you can muster), 16/44.1, tagging done with mp3tagger. It's possible that with enough plugins you can do all of this within Foobar2000 i.e. ripping/flac/tagging if you want to make a research project out of it, it would probably be a very elegant solution if you can get it going right.

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