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radio1_mike
post Mar 12 2005, 18:19
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Hi,

I just like to thank hydrogenaudio and it's members for the wealth of information here at the forums. I have finally decided to put my CDs on my HD.

I would describe myself as an audiophile, but I am also cheap and lazy!

I just have a Klipsch 2.1 setup with an Audigy 2 ZS. I have used a Revolution 7.1 before, and still have another Envy-based card (MadDog) as a backup. But I am an avid gamer, so the Auidgy 2 ZS is the best compromise for me. I also have used CDex for it's easy... usually VBR (160 - 256) for my mp3s. But I have always wanted to see what can be done with EAC.

So, I spent a few days lurking on the forum.

I've just tried EAC with LAME 3.90.3 at --alt-preset extreme.

All I can say is... Wow! I have never heard mp3s that sound this good. I know this is purely subjective, but again, wow.

Thanks! smile.gif
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Acid Orange Juic...
post Mar 16 2005, 21:34
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Lamentably, the story is always the same.

I am a electronic engineer (specialized in design of audio amplifiers) and I know (like many of my colleagues) that is not necessary to spend much money to obtain a good system of Hi-Fi.

Many of the components necessary to construct (as example) a good audio amplifier are today very cheap. Many of the transistors and components have lowered much its value and they are of good quality as consequence of the technological advance.

Many of the manufacturers of audio equipment know this, but they do not say it to people because they don't want it.

As a result of this they convince people (supposed audiophiles) with a lot of deceptive publicity that is necessary to spend (as example) 10.000 $ to obtain a good amplifier, when the reality is that with little 200 $ you can obtain the same.

They take advantage of the fact that most of the people lack of certain knowledge, and they attack the vanity of this people doing to them to think that they are buying a "cool" audio equipment.

Lamentably, many of the modern and expensive "audiophiles" are people motivated by the vanity and myths (generated by deceptive publicity), and not by knowledge; and they really believe that more expensive is better!!!.

It's the same situation for many useless expensive products as "mystic" speaker cables, "special" power cords, amplifiers with chassis of granite..... and many many more....
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radio1_mike
post Mar 17 2005, 03:40
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QUOTE (Acid Orange Juice @ Mar 16 2005, 03:34 PM)
Lamentably, the story is always the same.

I am a electronic engineer (specialized in design of audio amplifiers) and I know (like many of my colleagues) that is not necessary to spend much money to obtain a good system of Hi-Fi.

Many of the components necessary to construct (as example) a good audio amplifier are today very cheap. Many of the transistors and components have lowered much its value and they are of good quality as consequence of the technological advance.

Many of the manufacturers of audio equipment know this, but they do not say it to people because they don't want it.

As a result of this they convince people (supposed audiophiles) with a lot of deceptive publicity that is necessary to spend (as example) 10.000 $ to obtain a good amplifier, when the reality is that with little 200 $ you can obtain the same.

They take advantage of the fact that most of the people lack of certain knowledge, and they attack the vanity of this people doing to them to think that they are buying a "cool" audio equipment.

Lamentably, many of the modern and expensive "audiophiles" are people motivated by the vanity and myths (generated by deceptive publicity), and not by knowledge; and they really believe that more expensive is better!!!.

It's the same situation for many useless expensive products as "mystic" speaker cables, "special" power cords, amplifiers with chassis of granite..... and many many more....
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I know. There's an especially-ethereal quality to audiophile components. Lots of esoteric this-or-that going on.

So, in your professional opinion, what is a waste and what is good buy?
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