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unclefester's picture
Last seen: 4 years 11 months ago
Joined: Dec 11 2010 - 2:19pm
boy am I confused!

Hi. I'm new to this forum and comp. audio in general and have some questions. First my system is very modest - Parasound P/HP-830 preamp, Adcom GFA-535 amp, Cambridge Audio S30 speakers on stands, Athena powered sub in very small room of about 8'x10'. I've been using digital files for portable use (ipod) for a few years now and have been using EAC to rip mp3s. The mp3s can be used on just about anything and I liked that. But now I've become interested in the pc-as-a-music-server-thing. Are my mp3s useless for that purpose or is my audio system not a high enough resolution to be able to tell much of a difference? I've also been downloading from eMusic which uses VBR mp3 and I have no idea about sampling rates. Maybe someone can point me to a good (easy to understand) tutorial/article to help me figure this all out.
Thanks for any help you can give me.

tomjtx's picture
Last seen: 1 year 9 months ago
Joined: Nov 12 2006 - 2:53pm
Logitech Squeezebox Touch

The Touch can be bought on Amazon for about 265.00 .
It will allow you to stream files from your PC to your stereo.
The Touch has a good DAC built in.

Rip a CD at lossless file size and compare it to the same music you bought online at MP3.

See if you hear a difference.

You may be surprised just how good your MP3s sound.

OTOH you will likely want to purchase lossless (FLAC) files in the future. HD space is so cheap now there is little reason for lossy compression in home storage.

Most people have lossles for home use and dupe the files to lossy for the Ipod etc.

unclefester's picture
Last seen: 4 years 11 months ago
Joined: Dec 11 2010 - 2:19pm

Thanks very much for the reply. I've been reading some about the Squeezebox but it is still somewhat of a mystery to me. I'll have to look a little closer at the Touch. I had ripped cds as a WAV file before but went to mp3 so I could use the files on my ipod. How can I convert a WAV to mp3 and leave the WAV file intact?

Thanks again.

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