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    Default Ripping CD's to FLAC - looking for a better solution

    Ok guys,
    I know there has been discussion on this, I've browsed through some of the posts but those seem a little dated.
    I'm curious to know what is a good program to rip CD's and save them as FLAC. Personal experience preffered, not just heresay.
    I'm currently using foobar2000 but as an everyday average Joe user foobar2000 is not very user friendly.
    I don't have a degree in code generation and or any of it's related jargon.
    I have managed to convert about 400 songs now but it is painstaking and not producing very good results as far as library storage.
    I'm using my Samsung BD-F7500 BluRay player as the FLAC player and it does not grab all of the song info. It only shows song title.
    Now I'm aware that might be an issue with the player itself, but also on the computer, Windows will not recognize all of the song info either.
    Is there a decent program that I can purchase that will produce excellent results for tagging and library file functions.
    I know there are free programs all over the place but all of those seem so convoluted to me.

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    I have used JRiver for years and could not be happier with the flexibility.They update/upgrade about every 6-9 months as well always adding new and current items to improve.I can burn how i want,convert what i want,and play anything i've thrown at it.
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    I use Banshee. I can't comment on its app for Windows but it works great in Linux.

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    Media Monkey is 25 bucks I think, I have been using it for a few years and it works great, but you do have to make sure your settings are correct before you start. If grabs all that info.

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    Dbpoweramp and it's accurate rip system ftw!
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    I used dbpoweramp to convert all my CD's. It has a free 30 day trial and then its 50 bucks, but most will tell you its well worth it.

    You also can use MediaMonkey which will allow you to burn CD's to FLAC and also managers your library for you.

    If your just looking for a set and forget CD ripper, dbpoweramp all the way. Use something else to manage your library and your fine.

    I bought MediaMonkey because its that good of a product and I plan on buying dbpoweramp once I run out of PC's to install it on for a 30 day trial.

    dbpoweramp can seem hard to setup, but there is a step by step guide to set it up. Once configured its fairly easy to do....
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    Quote Originally Posted by AsSiMiLaTeD View Post
    Dbpoweramp and it's accurate rip system ftw!
    this i use DBpoweramp as well and its great for that.
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    J. River for error free ripping, tagging, organization and playback.

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    I'm still using Exact Audio Copy. Been using it for 8 years I think.
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    Thank you all for your responses. Much appreciated.
    I've already tried EAC, I didn't have much luck with that. Set-up was major difficult for me. Plus it kept defaulting back to mp3 format.

    Right now I'm giving JRiver 19 a spin. So far I REALLY like what I see and hear. Clearly better sound quality than running through my BluRay player.
    After a week or so I'll give DBpoweramp a try. I at least should give it a fair shake.
    But after using JRiver lastnight, I got to admit, it is doing everything I wanted and I'm trouble free right out of the gate!

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    If Jriver is your huckleberry, don't worry about DBpoweramp. Stick with what works for you.

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    I've tried a bunch, including Media Monkey. The first one I felt really comfortable with for both ripping and organizing has been JRiver. I've been using it for a couple years now and can't imagine switching to anything else as they keep updating it.

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    dBpoweramp is the Gold Standard for me.

    Second runner up would be the free EAC (Exact Audio Copy), but along with it comes a longer learning curve.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AsSiMiLaTeD View Post
    Dbpoweramp and it's accurate rip system ftw!
    +1, the only thing is I rip cd's to WAV files but I use JRiver for playing. Have not tried JRiver to rip so cannot comment on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Face View Post
    J. River for error free ripping, tagging, organization and playback.

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    Hey Mike, I got JRiver now. I got a new touch screen laptop with Winders 8.1. I installed foobar and could play my standard and hi-rez flac on my diy DAC, but couldn't get DSD to play like on my old laptop. It was a snap to setup DSD playback with JRiver. Now I just need to figure out all the bells and whistles. I hate learning new software...
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    IMO, it shouldn't take long to be a pro at navigating through all the features, it's pretty intuitive.
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    Another vote for dbPoweramp here. First software I've used that is easy to use, flexible and does a great job!

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    +400 on jriver. Now I just need the dsd option added to my w4s lol .

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    EAC has worked very good for me. The "Error Correction" technology is nice when they are some scratchey CD's, and it always gets the Metadata for every CD. Also, it's free!!! It's a little difficult to "psych out" to use at first, but not bad. If you try it, give me a shout. Be glad to help you with some short cuts getting it going.
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    and yet another vote for dbPoweramp here.
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    Well it's been a few weeks now.
    I thank you all for your suggestions.
    I am completely sold on JRiver.
    I really think I have reached the pinnacle of my current system set-up.
    The only way to get better is to upgrade my SDA's or drop some coin on some better amps.
    I have been experimenting with all sorts of settings and a few sources to pipe the data stream into my DAC.
    I am currently running a 'Music Server' in one the back rooms of my house that has JRiver controling the library.
    When I'm lazy and just want to listen to quick song I use my Samsung BD-F7500 BluRay player with DNLA to acces the songs on the server.
    And then when I'm in the mood for a good power listening session, I use my laptop which also has JRiver on it to acccess the Music Server over the network.
    The quality difference using the laptop vs the BluRay player is night and day - the laptop being the better quality.
    JRiver is a hassle free top of the line product. The $60 was very well worth it!

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    I don't like change because I'm a creature of habit, so I stick with EAC. It works for me. For organization/tagging, I use the free MediaMonkey.

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    +1 for EAC

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    +1 for EAC as well. It doesn't matter I guess, whatever works for the individual.

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    +1 dbpoweramp, but I see plenty of folks using EAC too. Either should work. I rely on an older version of Tag and Rename for tagging anyway (3.57 still grabs metadata/art from amazon).
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    I am a foobar user, but I have a question for you J River guys. My metadata file is at the bottom each song list. The only problem I have with foobar is that when I choose "random" play, it inevitably tries to play this file and that stops the music. Foobar is not reading this file as a music file, of course, and this stops the sound. I wished foobar knew to skip over this file on "random" play. Just curious how J River works when "random" play is selected?
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    have not tried this yet.. anyone used it yet?
    http://www.jaguaraudiodesign.com/blo...rating-system/
    the also have a link to EAC
    http://www.jaguaraudiodesign.com/blo...ct-audio-copy/

    How would it work streaming to my stereo with an Apple TV?

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