Computer speaker & MP3 program/player/recorder recommendations?

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  1. jeff lam

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    I don't really have anything right now. I just got a new HD and I'm ready to load a bunch of MP3's and am ready to play music on it. I also play games on the system. I just need something simple and decent for about $20-30. Any serious music listening would be done on my HT system so I won't need anything real nice. Just 2 small speakers and maybe a small sub if it fits into budget.

    Any recommendations?

    Also, any recommendations on MP3 players/recorders/programs to run on my system?
     
  2. Ted Lee

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    not sure about pc speakers. at that pricepoint, you should hop over to fry's or best buy. i bet they'll have something decent in that range.

    for mp3 players, i really like winamp. simple and easy to use.

    for recorders, i really really like CDex. i haven't found a better program yet!
     
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    I've been looking at CDex but saw something about it not working correctly with Windows 2000 unless you have some type of program installed. Anyone have issues with CDex and Windows 2000?
     
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    you shouldn't have any problems on a win2k system.

    quote from their website:

     
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    That's it. There was something about this ASPI layer that was included with win95/98 but not on win2K/XP. I may have to download it.
     
  6. Kris McLaughlin

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    Jeff, don't worry about the ASPI layer issue. The only time I ever had trouble with it was the time I upgraded from win98SE (not a clean install - what was I thinking?). Other than that it has never caused me a problem. Even if it does turn out to be a troublemaker, it's very easy to fix with a little Google searching.

    Cheers,
     
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    I use Media Center by J River. http://www.musicex.com/mediacenter/

    It's a "do it all" application but unlike many others it actually does most things very well. The development staff seems pretty dedicated to making sure the final product exceed expectations.

    I also really like Windows Media Player 9. I don't like MusicMatch (although it's 'SuperTagging' feature is pretty cool).
     
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    for rippers I like CDex, it's a good general ripper.

    for players I like microsoft's media player 9
    i like winamp 2.x better but 3.x can suck it, so I use m$'s player now, on the plus side the ms player uses very little for resources so it's great to play music behind games with.
     
  9. Chad Ellinger

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    For speakers, check out Logitech's Z-340s. They're a little beyond your stated price range ($40), but they sound excellent for their price.
     
  10. Kimmo Jaskari

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    For a ripper and encoder combo, the definitive set is http://www.exactaudiocopy.de and a Lame binary of your choice.

    EAC rips the files with error correction and eliminates any pops, clicks etc that you can get with other rippers, and Lame encodes VBR (variable bit rate) files superbly. VBR is the way to go (or ABR perhaps, A for average), so that higher bit rates are used on demanding passages and lower bit rates for simpler passages.

    Lame binaries can be had from among others http://mitiok.cjb.net/ and http://www.hot.ee/smpman/mp3/

    A nice EAC tutorial can be found at http://www.ping.be/satcp/tutorials.htm

    EAC isn't hard to use, but requires you to engage brain for a few minutes [​IMG] to install. Well worth it though since you will get truly high quality MP3 files from the start this way (ie you won't kick yourself later if you want to listen to the files on something better than a $30 pair of speakers!)

    Also check out http://www.r3mix.net for interesting info on how to create great MP3's. It's getting a bit out of date, unfortunately, but definitely worth a visit.
     
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