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  1. I have a large audio CD collection. I am planning to re-rip my CD collection to FLAC. I want to keep my audio playback quality as free as possible from issues such as clicks and pops due to scratched CD surfaces. I am looking for a stable and reliable CD ripping software (either free or paid) that will allow me to copy my CDs to FLAC and offer ripping settings to handle potential audio issues due to factors such as scratched CDs. Depending on the software that you recommend, could you also tell me which rip setting is best on that software to minimize audio issues from CD scratches? I previously used Media Monkey for my ripping but I have had issues with the software constantly resetting my rip settings to default and it is becoming annoying. Thanks in advance.
  2. I am in the market for a new set of headphones. Now, I am not a full audio expert, so I am going to use pretty much plain English for my requirements. I am looking to replace my Audio Technica ATH-M50X with something else. I will be using the headphones with my iPhone 8 Plus, iPad Pro, and PC using a Creative Sound Blaster ZXR sound card. I am looking for around-the-ear closed-back headphones (studio, DJ, home, I am not specific on the type.), works with various genres of music (classical, new age, rock, pop, dance, etc.) and priced somewhere between $100 and $200. I recently discovered that I prefer to have some bass in my music. I am not talking about bass levels that drown out all the other audio, but I want bass that is both immersive and blends well with the rest of the audio. With regard to the bass output, I would like headphones that either are designed to give decent levels of bass or are capable of giving out decent bass through my device's preset equalizer. Thanks in advance.
  3. Thanks for the info about Windows 10. This should be my last question. Just in case I misworded the end of my last question on my previous post, what I meant was would my audio file's structure and sound quality be the same using an audio player's default settings either on the original computer or different computer, despite using playback settings such as volume and EQ during previous playback events? Would the answer that you provided before still be "Correct" mansr?
  4. I have PC which I built for both gaming and music listening purposes. For headphones, I have two pairs of the Audio Technica ATH-M50X for music and Logitech G430 for gaming. I am currently shopping for a sound card and 2.1 desktop speaker solution for my computer. For the sound card I need it to handle surround sound in gaming, do well with music listening and have proper shielding from electrical and electronic interference. I listen to film score, classical, new age, electronic, rock, and pop music. I am currently leaning toward the Creative Sound Blaster ZXR, but I am open to suggestions on other reliable internal and external sound cards designed for both music and gaming. The price range that I am looking at for the card is around $250 or less. I am currently ruling out Asus due to experiencing problems with a number of their products. For the speakers, I want a 2.1 setup that handles gaming, movies, and music and can last for years. I am looking at a price range of around $200 or less. Right now the only speakers that I am ruling out are the Logitech Z623s because I have bought two pairs over a four year period and they each only lasted two years, which I felt was a ripoff for the price tag that I paid. My music formats are Apple Lossless Audio Compression (ALAC) and iTunes Plus on Windows 10 64-bit. Thanks.
  5. If I understand you correctly, making changes to the operational settings of Windows 10 will not affect my audio files either in sound quality or structure. In terms of settings affecting playback quality, are you referring to settings like volume control and the equalizer which only affect sound only when the audio track is playing? If yes, am I correct to understand that these settings which affect playback quality only while the audio track is playing, such as volume and EQ, do not alter the source audio file structure in anyway before, during, and after playback, and therefore the audio file will be the original structure and sound quality when I either play it again on my computer or transfer it to a new computer using default audio settings on the audio player?
  6. My intention is to find out if making any changes to the operational and functional settings of Windows 10 itself will permanently alter the audio sound quality or audio file structure properties such as bit-rate and sample rate.
  7. I use iTunes on my PC which runs Windows 10. My questions have to do with the settings under the Playback tab under Preferences. I know that under the General Tab, I can import CDs using settings such as Apple Lossless Encoder, MP3, and AAC. My questions are: 1. Do the audio settings under the Playback tab just alter sound while the audio track is playing and not alter the audio file itself or its properties? 2. If I make audio adjustments under the Playback tab, will that impact the audio properties or sound quality of audio tracks or their import settings as they are ripped from my CDs or will they permanently alter the audio properties (bit-rate, sample-rate, hertz, etc.) or sound quality of my music files already stored on my computer? I am asking these questions because I intend to put my audio CDs into storage at my local storage unit (which is climate controlled) after I have ripped them to ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Compression). I want to retain and protect the original sound quality from the CDs both so I can create lossy copies from the original source for iPhone and iPad while traveling and so I do not have to dig out the CDs again to regain the original sound quality. Thanks.
  8. I have a gaming PC that I built last year. I built it for both gaming and as my stereo for listening to music in a lossless audio format. I have just wiped my computer clean for a fresh start after encountering some issues with Windows 10. I am in the process of transitioning from Google's Android service to Apple. I will be ripping my audio CD collection to Apple Lossless Audio Compression (ALAC) for listening to the music on the computer at home and to iTunes Plus format for iPhone and iPad while traveling. I am aware that audio converter software can alter audio file properties in both sound quality and data structure such as bit-rates and sample-rates and Equalizers can affect sound quality during audio playback. I am also aware that audio files could be lost or destroyed due to factors such as viruses, bad hard drives, and reformatting the computer. However, when I was reinstalling Windows 10, these questions came to mind and I hope someone can answer them. 1. Can applying custom operational or functional settings to Windows 10 (maintenance, security, hibernation, etc.) permanently alter the audio properties (bit-rate, hertz, etc.) or sound quality of my music files? 2. After reinstalling the operating system, can Windows 10 permanently alter the audio properties or sound quality of my music files stored on either the internal hard drive or the external backup hard drive during the copy process to or from the PC? I know these may sound like ridiculous questions, but I intend to put my audio CDs into storage at my local storage unit (which is climate controlled) after I have ripped them to ALAC. I want to retain and protect the original sound quality from the CDs both so I can create lossy copies from the original source and so I do not have to dig out the CDs again to regain the original sound quality. Also, I use an audio analyzer called Fakin' The Funk to both verify that my music files match their stated audio properties and to locate possible corrupted music files. It seems reliable, but does anyone know of an alternative program which may be more reliable for analyzing and inspecting my music files? Thanks.
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