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  1. jcroy

    Music Streamer/DACs

    This was mostly before the pandemic. Though once the pandemic happened and I was at home more often, I ended up mostly listening to music on youtube using the crappy speakers on the computer. I came to the realization it was a waste of time trying to "download" music from youtube, especially...
  2. jcroy

    Music Streamer/DACs

    I didn't know how to do it at first. My acquaintence figured out how to do it by hand.
  3. jcroy

    Music Streamer/DACs

    Nowadays I don't even bother buying the cd versions anymore, if I'm only going to be listening to it once or twice. The few times I had access to a cambridge player at an acquaintence's residence, we ended up just downloading the tracks from youtube and converting the opus encoded data into...
  4. jcroy

    Music Streamer/DACs

    Back in the day, I was using mkv extensively for audio cd rips. In those days, I usually ripped the entire cd disc into one giant file *.wav and and also dumped the *.cue sheet information. The cue sheet tells you where each track starts/ends and things like gaps between tracks. At the time...
  5. jcroy

    Music Streamer/DACs

    Even if there's no video data, I've found that some older players will not even play general purpose containers like mkv, flv, webm, mp4, vob, etc ... with only encoded audio data. Some players don't even know how to play ogg encoded audio data, or later audio codecs like opus. (Audio is...
  6. jcroy

    Music Streamer/DACs

    In a more general sense, what I found really annoying about slightly older standalone playback devices, is when more recent video + audio formats/containers or even a drive's format are introduced, which an older playback device was not designed for. In the case of external hard drives, it is...
  7. jcroy

    Music Streamer/DACs

    More generally on the issue of excess heat, I encountered this when I was watching dvd or bluray rips where I was playing the iso (or vob or m2ts) file straight from an external hard drive connected via usb2 or usb3. After about an hour or so, the heat from the external hard drive was...
  8. jcroy

    Music Streamer/DACs

    The absolute stupidest case of 192/24 I ever came across, was a classic album where all the album tracks were remastered at 192/24 on a separate dvd-rom computer disc, in a special limited edition re-release of the album. It turns out the "remastered" tracks in 192/24 resolution on the dvd-rom...
  9. jcroy

    Music Streamer/DACs

    Going back further in time, I use to do multi-track recordings on a 4-track tape machine. In those days, I thought 4-tracks demo tapes were not meant to sound very good due to the limitations of the tape. It never occurred to me that adjusting microphone placement was the difference between a...
  10. jcroy

    Music Streamer/DACs

    In practice, I've found that higher resolutions does not matter at all if the original producers/engineers didn't know what they were doing or were completely incompetent. (ie. Higher resolutions in the sense of sampling over 44.1 or 48 kHz and above 16 bits per channel, in the pcm sense such...
  11. jcroy

    Music Streamer/DACs

    Similar sentiments here too back in the day, though not in the sense of an "audiophile" type obsession of buying really expensive equipment. Back in the day, a lot of record albums I was listening to had a horrible production where the producer/engineering deliberately made the record sound...
  12. jcroy

    Music Streamer/DACs

    A local acquaintance was using a cambridge audio network player over the home wifi or occasionally a usb flash drive, connected to a mostly analog standalone stereo system. As far as I could tell, the cd rips as *.wav files sound fine. Audio of pop/rock music from youtube or other music...
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