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Do you actually burn a lossless cd?, is using programs like burrrn, nero b-rom, or cdburnerxp
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post Jul 7 2012, 11:04
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Hey fellas, i tried to do alot of searching before i posted this, and none of the posts really answered a question for me.

Let me explain my situation, like many of you here, I'm an audiophile and prefer having my entire collection in loss-less for archiving.
all i have is FLAC files.
I have a very nice custom sound system in my vehicle and a nice home theater, and I'd like to have retail quality cd's with it.

I want to burn loss-less CD's, following redbook standards, so essentially i want a retail quality cd on a burned cd.

Here's my question, programs such as cdburnerxp where you just drag and drop the files, and click burn at this point you'll see something like "adding files to image" or something along that line, is programs like cdburnerxp actually burning the files into a retail quality cd. or does it convert the files to mp3 and burn, this question applies to other software like burrrn, nero b-rom, et cetera.

Also is there a way to figure out how to match checksums? for example match track md5's to burned track's md5?

if so then wouldn't that be able to tell you if whatever program is really burning a loss-less cd, because you could re-rip, and have the exact same filesize, and even better yet, checking burned tracks in something like audacity to match waveforms with original flac.

How about CD-Text, does this affect a lossles burn?

I'm sorry if posted this in the wrong section, i did try searching up to on previous threads, but none really answered the question.

Thanks in advance fellas!

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post Jul 7 2012, 11:15
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QUOTE ([AS] @ Jul 7 2012, 11:04) *
Here's my question, programs such as cdburnerxp where you just drag and drop the files, and click burn at this point you'll see something like "adding files to image" or something along that line, is programs like cdburnerxp actually burning the files into a retail quality cd. or does it convert the files to mp3 and burn, this question applies to other software like burrrn, nero b-rom, et cetera.
Of course they do not add an unnecessary, time-consuming, and complete illogical step of converting to a lossy format. Why would they?

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Also is there a way to figure out how to match checksums? for example match track md5's to burned track's md5?

if so then wouldn't that be able to tell you if whatever program is really burning a loss-less cd, because you could re-rip, and have the exact same filesize, and even better yet, checking burned tracks in something like audacity to match waveforms with original flac.
Yes, just burn and re-rip with offset correction enabled in both cases and compare MD5s. Manually matching (I presume you mean inverting and mixing) the waveforms is unnecessary, considering the rarity of a false positive from matching MD5s.

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How about CD-Text, does this affect a lossles burn?
No. That is not part of the main audio stream. So, like all other non-audio data, it has no effect upon the audio.
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post Jul 7 2012, 11:55
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Thanks for answering my questions, i'm not too familiar with how many of the softwares today work.

How about this, why do the tracks lose their metadata when burned, unless you enable cd-text, which is just tracknames correct? Is there a way to keep all the meta data from the flac's to the burned cd?

I'm sorry if my questions are a bit noobie, but hey all of us start somewhere tongue.gif

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post Jul 7 2012, 13:37
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How about this, why do the tracks lose their metadata when burned, unless you enable cd-text
Um, because CD-Text is specifically the only way to write metadata to a CD? I think you got your question backwards somewhere along the way. tongue.gif
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