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PC Audio Music Server

Discussion in 'Hi-Fi Stereo Systems & Separates' started by milanlad, Aug 7, 2003.

  1. milanlad

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    Okay folks - this is what I want to do - what hardware and software would you suggest? I'm looking for high audio quality.

    I want to use my PC as a music server. I want to transfer all my CDs onto a hardrive and use the PC to play the tracks back out.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks
     
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    Its only the compression that is guarantied to be lossless, not playback.

    Disk space is cheap why compress?
     
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    Yes, I absolutely do not want to compress. I am looking for good hardware to play the tracks back out of the PC into my HiFi amp. I guess I need to get a decent soundcard.

    I am looking for software that will 'rip' the tracks off CD's, and use the Gracenote CDDB database to name tracks etc. I want to be able to make playlists and so forth.

    I know there are stand alone products like the Yamaha HDCD1300 and Imerge Soundserver which are great units. I want to have similar functions from a PC setup

    Any thoughts
     
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    Jeff,

    Just mentioned lossless compression as a search term that brings up some useful threads. Have been researching decent soundcards and PC music playback recently, and find that it gets mentioned quite a bit.

    I agree that if HD space isn't an issue, there's no point in worrying about it.


    milanlad,

    Ripping-wise, this seems to be well respected:

    http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/

    Regards
     
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    Jeff,

    Beat me to it !

    Regards
     
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    Why not get an Imerge??????
    £1600 basic or up spec!
     
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    I am thinking about the Imerge but it is very expensive. I also wonder what the audio quality would be like. I currently have Arcam/Linn hifi setup and would like to know how the Imerge compares in audio fidelity.

    What are the standalone alternatives apart from the Yamaha? I know Marantz do one but I think it costs around 3 grand.
     
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    Disk space may be cheap but there is no point in wasting it. Use APE to compress and your files. When played back it will be identical to that of the original wav.

    APE will reduce file size by about 30-50% and is fast and painless. Use it in conjunction with EAC as mentioned above. You can use plugins for winamp or foobar2k to playback ape.

    As this is just for audio playback I'd grab a M-Audio revolution 7.1.
     
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    I'm not 100% happy that lossless compression techniques don't affect playback. I would have to decompress back to the original wavs prior to plaback. I would rather keep them ready to play. Disk space is cheap, I don't use compession for regular files, why use it with music where its likely to affect quality?
     

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