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Should I re-rip my entire cd collection into a lossless format??

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Ok guys heres the deal...

I have over time ripped my entire cd collection to my pc since all my listening is done on here. I started out with a small logitech 2.1 system and just clicked rip in Windows Media Player and did the default rip so I wouldnt have to put cd's in my pc anymore.

Well time went by and I decided I love my music enough to want some real speakers so I upgraded to an M-audio Fast Track Pro and 2 KRK Systems Rockit 8" studio monitors.

Then I realized my music on my pc wasn't that hot of quality since the standard WMP rip setting is 128kbps Windows Media Audio so I said screw it and deleted everything and set the rip quality setting slider all the way up to 192kbps thinking that was some good stuff!

Now I am seeing WMP can rip diffrent formats including Windows Media Lossless and some others, and with all this talk about FLAC I wonder if I should do it again and delete all my music and spend like 2 days swapping discs in and out of my drive ripping to some lossless format.... it seems like my audio system can deff handle the ultra high quality... But it is so much work to do that and alot of the cd's i've ripped are friends that I no longer have access too. What should I do?
    
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Do you have the storage space? If so, I'd say go for it if you have the time. If you don't have the time, you'll be ok with what you have for a little while. You will definitely see a difference with FLAC. You won't know what you're missing until you try it.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Wiremaster;11999902 
Do you have the storage space?

This.

FLACS are about 20-40MBs each.

I suggest that you hook up a lot of DVD drives to make the process faster. wink.gif
    
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the files are on your PC? just use a converter? xilisoft video converter ultimate does a great job converting everything I need, way easier then deleting and redoing everything.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by goldman11;12000048 
the files are on your PC? just use a converter? xilisoft video converter ultimate does a great job converting everything I need, way easier then deleting and redoing everything.

Do you, kind sir, have any knowledge of lossless audio? You can not convert a lossy format to a lossless format.
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The problem with converting is that it does no good going from a lower bitrate lossy format to a higher, lossless one.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr_Nibbles;12000098 
Do you, kind sir, have any knowledge of lossless audio? You can not convert a lossy format to a lossless format.

Aww, I was gonna lol at that guy and make fun of him, but I guess I'm too late frown.gif I'd just look like a dick. Well, I am, so why not? thinking.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by goldman11;12000048 
the files are on your PC? just use a converter? xilisoft video converter ultimate does a great job converting everything I need, way easier then deleting and redoing everything.

"You cannot polish a turd"; in other words... you cannot re-insert the "lost" parts of a 128 magically into a 192+


OP: Yes... Given that storage is cheap-as-chips atm I would say go for Flac!

(Especially if you have a nice soundcard and sound-system smile.gif

[edit] Darn! beaten by the downloads slowing my posting :|
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Quote:
Originally Posted by goldman11;12000048 
the files are on your PC? just use a converter? xilisoft video converter ultimate does a great job converting everything I need, way easier then deleting and redoing everything.

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Got the space?

DO IT! biggrin.gif
   
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Yeah I would do it if I needed to. A lot of people recommend dBpoweramp and you can even rip more than 1 CD at a time if you have enough drives.
    
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