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PostPosted: Wed Sep 01, 2010 11:59 am 
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Have to agree with Zeerround here. Never, ever had an issue related to an internal CD-ROM, or playing DTS files of my HD. I would say you can proceed with Foobar, ITunes, etc. without any sort of concern over playback.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 1:26 am 
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I stopped burning CD's and DVD's entirely. What I use now are 1.5 TB HDD's and a docking station http://www.sharkoon.com/?q=en/node/1273

I have 6 HDD's at the moment. One for HD movies and TV series, three for lossless sound files (FLAC, APE etc) and two for surround stuff. When these are full I just spam more HDD's, they are quite inexpensive these days.

I've indexed them with Disc Explorer Pro http://www.tjelinek.com/main.php?section=da (donation ware) and labeled them. So when I want to find something, I just use the Disc Explorer index and put the HDD with the file(s) I want in my docking station. I use Windows Media Player Classic for movies and Foobar for the sound files, they play anything, never had an issue with them.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:19 am 
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Hi Blake71,

That was hugely helpful. Actually that looks like the easiest way, cause I can do the surround sound conversion, cut out the middle man (CD burner, etc., etc.) and also make good use of my HT Claro card. And I'm with you on the $/GB pricing now being so favorable; it wasn't but a few years back we were looking at US$1 per GB.

Skipping, change of speed, etc. are no longer factors to consider, then, in using HD over high quality CD changer?

It's definitely worth a try - both time and cost effective.

Much, much appreciate :!:

One more question (always): I have read that MediaMonkey has more features than Foobar, i.e. is better than Foobar2000. Is that true? :o


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 1:39 pm 
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YW. But no, skipping etc, is absolutely non-existent when playing files from a HDD. From an audiophile perspective I think it will be pretty hard to find a player with a mechanism that performs as well as a HDD. Unless you want to fork out a lot of $$$ that is. ;) Of course a SSD is even better at that, 'cause no moving parts at all anymore! If it weren't for the spam of these things...

As for MediaMonkey vs Foobar, I don't know, because I never really used the first. Feature wise it's possible, but Foobar is a very good bit-perfect (that's very important for playing DTS files correctly!) player with a shitload of supported formats and lots of 3th party plugins, should you feel you do need more features. But you may have to try for yourself what you like best. If MediaMonkey is capable of playing bit-perfect too, then I guess it all comes down to which one you prefer.


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Blake71,

Yet again, some sage advice.

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Foobar is a very good bit-perfect (that's very important for playing DTS files correctly!)


It looks like I have two choices, either go with what you guys have shown works and works well for 5.1 surround or reinvent the wheel by banging my head against the wall. Not much of a choice so Foobar it is. Already downloaded, installed and looked at it.

Plus you make a helluva closing argument with your
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a shitload of supported formats and lots of 3th party plugins


In this day and age a "shitload" of anything is welcome, especially if it's free. :lol:

Much appreciate. Now it's time for me to finish wiring up the system (almost done) and get started with all your 5.1 stuff, that you have been good enough to open my eyes to. Should be fun.

Thanks again,

IncurableGeek :geek:


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incurablegeek wrote:
Plus you make a helluva closing argument with your
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We always try to use correct, precise scientific terminology here on SBU. ;)


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River161 wrote:
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Plus you make a helluva closing argument with your
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We always try to use correct, precise scientific terminology here on SBU. ;)
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And good luck to you, Mr. Geek, I'm sure you will do just fine. :)


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And good luck to you, Mr. Geek, I'm sure you will do just fine.

Geez, you guys are really, really cold. Talk about a closing ceremony at my own damned funeral. I'm off to read more and try what you have taught me. That's all. Nothing quite so DOA final. "Clear ...!"

Please don't put me out of the group. :shock:

Geez, I'm a real, for real, truly Newbie in this area. I still need you guys! :cry:


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 6:55 pm 
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Don't worry, you will get all the help you need. Just install everything first, set up your system and yell if you're ready to continue, or if you should run into other issues. There's a day and night shift around here, so it will never take long before someone sees you waving that flag. :)


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incurablegeek wrote:
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And good luck to you, Mr. Geek, I'm sure you will do just fine.

Geez, you guys are really, really cold. Talk about a closing ceremony at my own damned funeral. I'm off to read more and try what you have taught me. That's all. Nothing quite so DOA final. "Clear ...!"

Please don't put me out of the group. :shock:

Geez, I'm a real, for real, truly Newbie in this area. I still need you guys! :cry:


I'm sure you will, and don't hesitate to post more questions as they arise. As you can see, there's several guys here who definitely try to respond as soon as they have an answer. Soon, it'll be you answering the questions.

When we mean "best of luck," we mean "best of luck AND we are here for you." :)


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