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post Sep 11 2012, 01:59
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I'm using Foobar 2000 to rip my music collection over to FLAC format. I have it set to level 5 compression level. Is that all I need to concern myself with in order to get the best quality audio file? Are there any other parameters I should know about that require I tinker with in order to get best quality audio?

Lastly, many years ago I used EAC to rip some of my CDs over to Lame MP3. I remember EAC having some error correction feature. Does Foobar2000 have something similar? In short, if EAC and Foobar2000 are setup with the same FLAC ripping paremeters, and both rip the same CD on the same hardware. Will the resulting two sets of FLAC files be identical to each other or differ in quality? Just wondering how these two apps compare against each other when put head to head with the same parameters. Any info will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance. :)
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db1989
post Jan 17 2013, 23:08
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Was EAC also ripping in Secure mode?

Still, any secure mode should not take as long as 29 minutes. And really, if EAC were ripping in burst mode, that shouldn’t really take 6 minutes, either.

I’m going to move this to CD Hardware/Software in Hydrogenaudio’s main section, as it is not completely specific to fb2k and may get more views (and thus potentially responses) there.

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post Jan 18 2013, 14:07
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QUOTE (db1989 @ Jan 17 2013, 17:08) *
Was EAC also ripping in Secure mode?

Still, any secure mode should not take as long as 29 minutes. And really, if EAC were ripping in burst mode, that shouldn’t really take 6 minutes, either.

I’m going to move this to CD Hardware/Software in Hydrogenaudio’s main section, as it is not completely specific to fb2k and may get more views (and thus potentially responses) there.

Yes, EAC was in secure mode. I would think it's some setting in Fb2k I don't know about since everything else was identical. This was the first time I'd try ripping with Fb2k so I figure it's some kind of noob mistake. I did not update EAC so it was still running .95b4 though it used the same flac exe and compression level (5).

This is using an old PC, too (circa 2001), so it may very well take 6 minutes when running well. wink.gif Drive is an old NEC 3520A I believe, which I recently cleaned. EAC reported mostly 100%, one track was 99.9 and one was 99.8.

I don't have a problem continuing to use EAC, but like to keep things simple and would have thought Fb2k would do a decent job as well. I was very disappointed with the speed and that it wouldn't connect with any lookup servers though I tried both no proxy and use IE settings under networking.
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post Jan 18 2013, 14:48
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QUOTE (topshot @ Jan 18 2013, 13:07) *
QUOTE (db1989 @ Jan 17 2013, 17:08) *
Was EAC also ripping in Secure mode? […] if EAC were ripping in burst mode, that shouldn’t really take 6 minutes
Yes, EAC was in secure mode. […] This is using an old PC, too (circa 2001), so it may very well take 6 minutes when running well. wink.gif
Nah, my comment about that being a bit slow was in reference only to Burst mode; for Secure mode, I think it’s a reasonable time.

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