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Foobar2000 vs. EAC for FLAC ripping?, [moved from fb2k: General]
post Sep 11 2012, 01:59
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Fellow Forum Members,
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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post Jan 17 2013, 23:02
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Is there any reason why Fb2k would be so much slower than EAC? I only set security to standard and was using the same clean disc in the same drive. I used to use EAC all the time but haven't ripped anything in a few years until today and thought I'd give Fb2k a try. I downloaded the latest version of it and flac.

It took 29 minutes (just using the timestamps for first and last track) whereas EAC took only 6. Granted EAC rips everything to WAV first and kicks off external compression while it seems Fb2k is writing direct to flac. Both were set to level 5. Output depth auto and no dither. There was no replaygain processing. What else should I look at?

Also, the neither freedb or musicbrainz would connect while EAC had no problem and used the same server settings.
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