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  • Re: What is the best program for converting CDs to FLAC files?

    Alright here are the results from my test today. Here’s my modest desktop PC that I purchased from Office Depot in 2013 for $500. I added 8 GB of RAM to it to bring it to 16 GB and added the 3TB hard drive.

    PC Info: HP Pavillion Desktop
    Operating System: Windows 10
    Processor: AMD A10-5700 APU 3.4 GHz w/Radeon HD Graphics
    System Type: 64-bit Operating System, x64-based processor
    RAM: 16.0 GB
    DVD ROM: HP SATA DVD RAM GH82N (48x max CD read rate)
    Hard Drive: WD Caviar Black 3TB 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch

    Setting Up The Experiment
    Since all CDs are different, I wanted to find one that was larger than most to err on the safe side. For this experiment I wanted to use a Red Book CD which means it’s just a normal CD. The first one I pulled out was “Pink Floyd- Animals” but it was only 5 tracks at 275.2 MB.

    I figured since Donner likes classical music, some of the CDs he’s ripping are probably larger than a normal contemporary music CD.

    So I pulled out another CD that has two albums on one disc. It was “The Beach Boys – Surfer Girl & Shut Down Vol. 2 (1998) {Capitol Records CDP 593692}” which is a much larger 27 tracks at 604.76 MB

    Leveling the Playing Field
    The next thing I wanted to do was to try and configure EAC and dBpoweramp as closely to each other as possible. This is definitely one area where dBpoweramp is easier to do than than EAC although EAC is not that complicated. dBpoweramp is just more user-friendly.

    One thing that makes dBpoweramp easier is that it compresses direct to FLAC while EAC rips the files to WAV and then relies on an add-on to compress the WAV to FLAC. You can set-up EAC to automatically delete the WAV files after they are converted to FLAC so the user really doesn’t notice it after you get everything setup correctly.

    EAC
    Since I haven’t used EAC in a while and it is a little bit more complicated to initially setup, I wanted to make sure I had everything configured similar to dBpoweramp.
    • "Secure Mode" enabled
    • Error Recover Quality Setting set to “High”
    • Files compressed to FLAC Level 8 (the highest compression and takes the longest time to rip)
    • Full Meta Data and album artwork retrieved from freedb

    dBpoweramp
    I went through dBpoweramp to make sure I had the same settings (or as close as possible) as EAC.
    • Files compressed to FLAC Level 8 (the highest compression and takes the longest time to rip)
    • Full Meta Data and album artwork retrieved from freedb
    • “After Encoded Verify Written Data” option activated

    Here Are the Results of the Experiment:
    The Beach Boys – Surfer Girl & Shut Down Vol. 2 (1998) {Capitol Records CDP 593692}
    Duration: 59:54 Size: 604.76 MB

    EAC
    Total Elapsed Time for FLAC Rip: 2:36
    FLAC Lossless Audio total compressed file size = 352 MB

    dBpoweramp
    Total Elapsed Time for FLAC Rip: 2:20
    FLAC Lossless Audio total compressed file size = 345 MB





  • Re: What is the largest center channel speaker?

    If you are talking about the largest center speaker Polk has ever made, it is probably the CS1000p as far as physical size goes.

    CS1000p Specs:
    Size: 34"W x 14"D x 8.6"H
    Weight: 60lbs.
    Power Handling: 20 Watts to 250 Watts


    But if you are talking about the baddest center speaker Polk ever made it has to be the SRT center speaker.

    SRT Center Speaker Specs:
    Size: 26"W x 17.5D x 6"H
    Weight: 40lbs.
    Power Handling: 100 Watts to More than 1,000 Watts
  • Re: What Are You Listening To?

    Van Halen - Women And Children First (1980) {WB, WPCR-80382, Japan} (2016)
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    And The Cradle Will Rock...
  • Re: What Are You Listening To?

    Van Halen - Van Halen II (1979) {WB, WPCR-80381, Japan} (Remastered 2016)
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    You’re No Good
  • Re: What Are You Listening To?

    Van Halen - Van Halen (1978) {DCC Compact Classics, GZS-1129, USA} (1998)
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    Official Video

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