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ok so i've bought a mac mini with an optical out socket, i've got a 24/96 capable dac, and next week i'm due a mobile phone upgrade and intend to go for the iphone and download 'remote' to control the mac mini,now it's time to start ripping, so which ripper and what settings should i use.

i'm starting from scratch so can go with whatever ripping format gives the ultimate playback quality which is the object of the exercise.

i've heard of max (eac) and of course itunes, so i suppose i should be using max ripping to wav for itunes compatibility but i'm guessing you chaps would know better? i'm intending to buy an iomega minimax for storage so space won't be a problem.

i'd also like to be able to use the music on my ipod and of course burn discs for the car.

sorry if it's a tall order but if it helps my primary mission is top quality hifi in the lounge.





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Personally I use XLD and rip to AIFF.


XLD has the advantage over Max in that it supports secure ripping.

AIFF has the advantag over WAV of supporting tagging and embedded album art (when using iTunes).


Hope this helps.





...in my opinion / experience...

While I agree "Everything may matter" working out what actually affects the sound is a trickier thing.

And I agree "Trust your ears" but equally don't allow them to fool you - trust them with a bit of skepticism.

keep your mind open... But mind your brain doesn't fall out.

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