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Old 04-19-2009, 09:58 PM
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Default My first Flac file

I just heard my first flac file tonight (Diana Krall) and now I'm about to trash my entire MS media server. The difference was stunning compared to the mp3 files I've been playing. The media server is used mostly for background music and movies but this is really going to eat at me until I get a MS750.
Or could I load some codecs to work with MS media center and keep a separate folder for flac files.
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Old 04-19-2009, 10:09 PM
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John.......MP3 is junk. FLAC is 96% of CD bit for bit quality. It sounds very good, even at higher volume and critical listening conditions. You are headed in the right direction now.
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Old 04-20-2009, 12:54 AM
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MP3 truly is junk. The only thing that can help are some of the finer recordings of MP3's, typically done on a "covert" + "professional" level. Even then, typically those files are the types you can only get in that format as you'd never find them in the US (hard to find European or Arab/Middle Eastern tracks).

But anything that you have on redbook or that you can download via .FLAC or .WAV, there is NO reason to go to an MP3 to save space. 2tb drives are cheap - go get some.
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Vesuvius I see you have a Media Server, can you give me the details in regards to software used to playback and rip? I found a codec for MS media player so it may work with the MS media center software
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John.......MP3 is junk. FLAC is 96% of CD bit for bit quality. It sounds very good, even at higher volume and critical listening conditions. You are headed in the right direction now.
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Vesuvius I see you have a Media Server, can you give me the details in regards to software used to playback and rip? I found a codec for MS media player so it may work with the MS media center software

EAC is the ripping software for all audio. Playback is done typically through WinAmp, but iTunes and WMP/WMC and XBMC are also installed. Just depends; if I am directly at the monitor and file system I use WinAmp. Also streaming from Shoutcast utilizes WinAmp.

For FLAC, the best way to configure WMP is:
WMPTagSupportExtender plugin + madFLAC

Instructions Here

I should add these are the instructions for WMP, not WMC.

However, WMC relies on all WMP properties, so you WILL find everything in WMC once you properly setup WMP.
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Old 04-20-2009, 09:28 PM
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Thanks! That worked perfect with WMC and plays the flac files. Much better quality than the MP3 files. I found madflac the other day but Trend says that file has a virus, but then again Trend showed a virus the other day on a HP Firmware update for a switch.
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If it sees anything that is "out of the ordinary" or that may be perceived as "pirated" all the scanners out there thing it is a virus...
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This one works better for version 11 WMP, plays all the flacs.
Madflac didnt work for me on 11
http://www.codecguide.com/windows_media_codecs.htm
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Just follow the instructions - it requres TWO plugins, one codec to play and one to actually recognize the ID tags within the file.

Madflac + WMPTagSupporter probably use the least amount of system resources.
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