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Well I'm looking at the Razer Barracuda headset that I might be able to get for around $40 shipped, if I can play my cards right. If I can get that price for em, I could always buy the AD700s, see which one I prefer, then resell the pair I don't like as much. I'm not sure how many of you have listened to the Razer headset, but after hearing them in HL2, listening to the NIN "With Teeth" album, and watching Cloverfield with surround sound, they sound amazing. I've always thought Razer products were a little too big for their britches, but their soundcard and headset are great.

As far as itunes goes, I think I'm going to test out both Winamp and Foobar to see which one works better with iPod syncing. Winamp saved me a TON of stress because it allowed me to download iTunes-purchased songs from my iPod back onto my computer. I had no other way to get the songs outside of torrenting due to the fact that the laptop HDD that I had originally purchased them on died.

Foobar looks like it is more easily skinned than Winamp and has a smaller footprint, but Winamp has won some favor for syncing my iPod and having kickass visualizations. I'll probably be reripping my entire CD collection to FLAC if I can, so I very well might Rockbox my iPod. I'd have to find an interface that appeals to me before making a final decision, because the iPod's interface is damn near perfect. The only thing I would change would be to have it more customizable.

I would have no problems using both Winamp and Foobar (Winamp to sync my iPod and play music w/ visualizations, Foobar to play music while I'm playing games), but I'll do some more testing to see which one I prefer.

Thanks for all the help. I was a little worried that the length of my post(s) would drive people away. Kudos to those who dealt with my verbosity!
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Sekigahara, if you thought the HP-1 sounded good, you are in for a big eye openner with the AD700. I listened to my friend's AC-1 + HP-1 bundle and I was not impressed at all.

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Originally Posted by H3||scr3am View Post
but if you rockbox your ipod itunes is useless but your ipod can play flac and you can ditch itunes
Rockbox is sweet, but you loose a lot of battery life, I always end up going back to the Apple firmware on my 5G iPod even though it is rockboxed.
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Alright, I've been following DJ.BigBear's guide to setting up Foobar2000 skins, but I've run into a couple issues.

I downloaded the Foobar2000 skin GSM Suite because it's the same VisualStyle I'm using for my XP interface.

The problem is, I have no clue how to implement the "akkia" foobar style into my UI. I've been trying to make this work for the past 3 or 4 hours now, and I'm going nowhere. DJ.BigBear's guide didn't help at all. What should I do?
Edited by Sekigahara - 5/25/08 at 4:21pm
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Actually, the skin I downloaded doesn't use Panels UI, it uses Column UI instead. I just had to import the .FCS file, and now the skins work.

So Foobar is finit, and I think I've decided on the audio technica AD700s.

Just a couple quick questions. Are CDs usually lossless filetypes, and are there any sites that allow you to download lossless music files?
Edited by Sekigahara - 5/25/08 at 9:05pm
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I haven't found any sites that allow for lossless audio downloads...except that nine Inch Nails offer..

CDs in the hard copy, not a downloaded image file of one (thats compressed) has lossless audio quality, but scratches, and other damages can imperfect this...
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I see. So new, unscratched CDs are totally lossless, and only lose quality as the physical surface degrades.

Hopefully online music stores will start to distribute lossless music soon.
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they are the bess lossless an end user can obtain the ORIGINAL Sound studio gold copy is the best copy available in the world, but thats in a vault somewhere...
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CDs in the hard copy, not a downloaded image file of one (thats compressed) has lossless audio quality, but scratches, and other damages can imperfect this...
Umm... I have ripped plenty of scratched cd's from .wav to .flac with absolutely no degradation in quality.

Scratches can create errors in compressing the music files (which can possibly end up in clipping, etc. as the song plays), but I fail to see how they otherwise affect the quality of the music. If your ripping program can grab the file without errors, then it is 100% fine. This is why I stick with EAC - it utilizes the most comprehensive error scan I have ever seen when compressing.
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All optical drives use error correction, if not every piece of dust on the CD would result in an error. Combine that with the error correction with most rippers today, scratched CDs really don't matter too much, unless they are scratched beyond the capabilities of the error correction.
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