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What settings for Creative Zen Extra Player?

Discussion in 'Hi-Fi Stereo Systems & Separates' started by sapper, Aug 27, 2004.

  1. sapper

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    HI,

    I have recently purchased a creative Zen Extra 60 GB MP3 player.

    What recording/ripping format and parameters do you recomend?

    I appreciate the higher the quality, the larger the files and so the fewer CD's your able to copy onto the device.

    I have just copied soem CD's in WAV format of a high quality, and they sound pretty good but Ive already used 8GB of my 60 GB hard drive for ~8 double albums!!

    Any recomendations appreciated.

    Adrian
     
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    Hi Adrian

    I don't normally post in the Hi-Fi section since I know virtually nothing about Hi-Fi's! However, I do know a little about computers and their accessories ;).

    The reason why .wav files are so big is because this file type is an example of lossless compression – that is to say, when ripped and encoded from a CD, there is no reduction in sound quality of the track(s). Although this may be a nice way to archive your music (actually I’d go for .shn if you were doing this), I wouldn’t recommend this format on portable devices since your storage space will quickly disappear! - as you've already found out. Instead I would recommend ripping and encoding the CD’s in either mp3 or WMA format, which your player supports. These two formats are examples of lossy compression and the higher the compression ratio, the smaller the file (but the greater the loss in sound quality). However, don’t let that scare you since you can set the compression ratio to your preference and at higher ratios (for example 192kbps+), it is unlikely that you’ll hear any difference. It will also bring the file size down to around 7.5MB (assuming a 5 minute track was ripped and encoded). Much better ;).

    Of the two formats, MP3 is currently the most popular and to encode to this, you’ll need the following tools:

    Exact Audio Copy V0.95 prebeta 5 (http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/eac6.html)
    LAME 3.96.1 (http://download.overnet.org/lame/)

    In order to configure and run the program, take a look at this guide (only the Quickstart chapter is really necessary): http://users.pandora.be/satcp/cd2mp3-en.htm

    This should have you up and running pretty quickly. Of course you can use Winamp (http://www.winamp.com/player/free.php) if you want to further edit the playlists.

    Hope that helps.

    Alex
     

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