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EAC ripped file clicking, Is it hardware, mastering or what?
post Mar 10 2003, 22:46
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If you read the Audio hardware section you will probably be aware that i recently got a set of Sennheiser HD 580's. All i can do is praise them, except fot the fact that in several tracks that i have ripped (my own collection, not scratched et cetera) there are quiet clicks in a lot of my tracks.

These include a moby track and Mudvayne track.

The first thing i thought it could be was the player. I was using Foobar2000 v0.57 in kernel streaming mode, and i heard that can be buggy, so i tried direct sound, still the same. I disabled resampling, and all other DSP's including replaygain, no change.

I then tried Windows Media Player, version 6 i think, the one that comes with win2000 as standard, and that still plays the clicks.

I ripped with EAC, Accurate stream, no use of C2 at all (neither box ticked) and drives cahes box was ticked. My drive is a Lite-On 166S.

EAC reported no errors, and several players caused the same clicking. It always occurs in the same point on the tacks, so it's not random static or interference!

All i can think of is that several of my CD's were mastered with the clicks included. The waveform shows no apparent spike in the file. Otherwise, i have some hardware related ripping problem.

If anyone has got Moby-Play, can you rip track "Run On" in the first few seconds i get several quiet clicks. can you then let me know if you can hear them.

I would upload my FLAC'ed sample but don't have any webspase, i can e-mail smaple though (400KB)

Please help me find the source of this problem, it's driving me mad and i don't have another computer i can test with.

Running trought a hi-fi amp, these clicks are not very evident at all, so headphones may be required.
My soundcard is the RealTek ALC650 onborad a Abit IT7MAx2. I know it's not the best solution but idoubt it's this that is causing the problem as they are not random.

Cheers for your help everyone,

i may not be able to reply for about 24 hours due to work but your input and help will be greatly appreciated,

Kristian wink.gif
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