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  1. Mike Rubin, I too am a HUGE Symphony fan, this device was ahead of its time! The analog in is exactly why I love it so much. I record live TV to audio track often, things like the live bands on SNL, or old concerts on PBS, etc. Makes a perfect aiff file or wav file and the fileshare mounts perfectly to my Mac over the network, for syphoning off the recordings. It's brilliant, and INSANE that more vendors didn't/don't have this feature. My question for you is this - I am running very old firmware on it, do you know what you are running on yours? I need to find the last firmware that was produced for it. Thank you SO much, if you don't mind checking the version you're running. Thank you sir!
  2. Chris,<br /> <br /> When streaming via the iSub app for the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, you must transcode to 320kbps MP3. So for the iSub app "Player" you will notice in the web UI that that player has transcoding automatically enabled for flac-to-mp3 to facilitate streaming to a handheld device. If you turn off transcoding for iSub in particular, it won't work on the handhelds. So no native FLAC playback for that. But of course if you're on your local network, you can just use Linn's app or eLyric app from PS Audio to stream bit perfect lossless music (but only on the local LAN). I am hopeful iSub will be enhanced at some point to allow bit perfect lossless FLAC and other files to handheld devices. In the meantime, let's be somewhat realistic that most folks will not hear a difference when played on an ipad or iphone walking down the street with mediocre headphones, ambient noises galore, etc. <br /> <br /> The advantage to Subsonic server lies in its flexibility to play to all kinds of "Players" (local LAN as well as remote), allowing custom playlist creation/sharing, user ratings of songs, chatting within the app about music, and yes, its ability to deliver bit perfect lossless FLAC, WAV, AIFF, etc when configured properly with an External player of one's choosing (Decibel, Winamp, WMP, VLC, whatever). And yes, choose VLC for instance, and you'll see in the "info" option of VLC that the high rez streams are indeed being played at 24bit/192KHz for instance. VLC is good about giving the exact details of any stream, audio or video. Oh, and right in the same attractive web interface, folks can enjoy live concert videos of favorite artists, etc. for the remote users that like a more multimedia "one stop shop for all things high quality audio/video". <br /> <br /> I'm just a user guys, not in anyway related to the development of Subsonic (though I have chosen to donate to the project), but I'm telling you, I've found nothing close to it and I've been on this mission for 4 years plus (remember KavaTunes?? Simplify? Ughh). My users are spread out all over the globe, and I have folks from eastern Europe streaming high rez to mediocre broadband connections and loving it. Don't let anyone tell you it's complicated, many of you have much more complicated setups/soundcards, drivers, etc. Takes about 2 hours to have the server fully functional and be enjoying the content.
  3. Chris, for such an accomplished IT guy, I am shocked that you can't figure out how to stream FLAC (including High Rez FLAC) via Subsonic without transcoding. Just uncheck the transcoding box for your user account when you're logged in. Then set an "External Player with Playlist" under "Players".<br /> <br /> The concept is this -there are Users and there are Players. Users are you and me as individual usernames/accounts. Players are the methods by which we choose to stream...our chosen tools if you will, our preferred weapons :-) And each of us Users can and likely will have multiple Players. To wit, I typically stream to the beefy Mac Pro in my office and have a Player called "ExternalVLC"...guess what it does? When I click on the album or track in the web browser, it launches VLC on my Mac (or Windows, same idea), and starts playing as a playlist (even if my playlist is simply 1 track)...usually, i like to customize my own playlists in Subsonic, and then stream those. So, you want External Player With Playlist and then associate the .m3u that results with whatever player you like (Decibel, VLC, Play, Windows Media Player), whatever. The system remembers which Player you used last time you hit the server from that machine or device. It knows when I login from a Firefox browser on my Mac versus when I log in from a Windows machine using IE6.2, etc. etc. etc. So it will deliver whatever my choices are for those access methods. Similarly, when I use the brilliant iSub app ($5) on my iPhone/iPad to access my Subsonic server, it knows to do transcoding on the fly to deliver high bit rate MP3 from the FLAC's on the server, so it transcodes a 24bit/96 source to 16/48 MP3 at 320kbps...not too shabby, especially for a mobile device with suboptimal listening conditions, speakers, headphones, etc. But you'll see in VLC for instance that when streaming to a computer, you're getting the full 24bit/192KHz of say R.E.M.' In Time or Jimmy Cobb's Jazz In The Key Of Blue, etc. etc. <br /> <br /> Give Subsonic another try...I couldn't live without it. It is also very social, in that I have accounts set up for family and friends, and they have limited rights, but can stream to their heart's content to anything they want, with or without transcoding, depending on source device, etc. There is even a Chat tool so various users can rate music in your collection and share their opinions and simply just catch up with other family members while browsing the music site with perfect album art the whole time...BRILLIANT! <br /> <br /> I wait to see what Apple does in 2 weeks with iCloud, never say never. But for my money (free), I will not skip a beat, I will continue to provide streaming access of high rez FLAC, WAV, AIFF, etc. to family and friends and educate them on the benefits of having good quality speakers connected to the computer, the Receiver that their AppleTV connects to in the living room, good headphones for the iPad, etc. When you have high rez sources from the Net to access anytime you want, you find yourself wanting to use the best speakers or headphones you can find, right? <br /> <br /> Long story short, I am the Cloud, I got your Cloud right here! :-P<br /> <br /> Cheers mates. May God continue to bless Subsonic server! (Did I mention that video works now too on it?! Think about all those concert DVD's and BluRay's being up there for remote access to anyone by login, hmmmm...) Yep, I got that too, working beautifully. Air Video is still the king there, but Subsonic gives you another option and absolutely NAILS the music side of things.
  4. By the way, bandwidth is incredibly cheap these days. Some high-rez sites offer AIFF, sites like iTrax and others. If iTrax can afford the bandwidth, trust me, HDTracks can. I used to sell Internet access to businesses for a living, I know what I speak of. HDtracks is hiring kids in New York City right now to help them market their newfound success in high-rez, trust me, that business is BOOMING like Chesky never imagined. It's a gold rush right now, and HDtracks is one of the key winners in the game. No reason they can't offer more AIFF or WAV, and I suspect they could fit in ALAC too, just so you don't feel left out :-)
  5. The point is ALAC is not as ubiquitous as FLAC. Believe it or not, some people do not use Apple products, including iTunes free software, in any part of their music ecosystem. FLAC has been around longer, is widely used by the Unix crowd and others, and is seen by most music archivists as the most ubiquitous format of choice. You may disagree, I suspect you will, but it is what it is. ALAC is proprietary, the inner workings of the codec are not distributed. If Apple makes changes to it, they don't have to explain those changes, they don't have to justify anything, they own the codec. Though it seems ludicrous to imagine a day where Apple does not exist, it *could* happen, and therefore the codec could die along with them. Now, before you go thinking I'm some Unix bigot or something, I will tell you that I own and will continue to purchase more Apple software/hardware than probably 99.9% of the poeple on this forum. You could say I've bought in to Apple big time. But when it comes to proper archiving of my valued digital data, music foremost in that, I would never choose a proprietary format as the "copy of record". It's fine for converting to, playing with, etc., but the archive copy of record should be an open, non-proprietary format - pick one, WAV, FLAC, etc.<br /> Disk is cheap, your work and time are not, right?
  6. ALAC is proprietary, FLAC is not. You can easily transcode from FLAC to ALAC if that's your choice. You might ask the better question - why isn't AIFF or better yet WAV available across the board on sites like HDtracks, instead of only on certain sites, and only inconsistently on hdtracks?
  7. Really, name calling? Jark appears to be a jerk then, hmmm, wow, that felt good.<br /> <br /> That said, I made a mistake in that Max will convert to 16/48 when converting high rez files to MP3, my mistake, not 24/48. But the overarching point is the same. The iPod is not a very high sound quality device to begin with, no matter what it's paired with. I notice you ignored the fact that reducing sample rate is going to be a laborious process otherwise, and result in a loss of sound quality anyway. But again, if you're willing to do it, I suggested Adobe Audition to you...go nuts with it. <br /> <br /> You might also review other constricting choices you've made, for instance, this business of carrying an iPod to the office so you have your songs with you. Ask yourself, in 2011, with the quality of internet access that most of us enjoy, why carry around digital files on a physical device at all? <br /> <br /> Instead, think about a software tool like Subsonic, a web-based music streaming application that can be simply loaded up at home on a Windows/Mac/Linux machine (any old whimpy laptop will do, nothing fancy), and stream your entire music collection, including High Rez tracks directly to any web browser on the planet. Users get logins, you can limit their access to only be able to stream, not download anything, it has a wonderful user interface, album art, playlist creation, etc. etc. Oh, and it's free.<br /> <br /> Not only would you be able to stream your music in original AIFF or ALAC, but you would also be able to stream to an iPod Touch/iPhone/iPad with a little app called iSub ($5). Imagine working out at the gym and streaming all the original files to your iPod (transcoding optional server-side), without having to decide which music to sync to it and which to leave out, etc. At the office, you can just use a web browser to stream and connect your headphones directly to the laptop you're streaming on. Oh, and with Subsonic, you get to choose your "player" client-side. In other words, instead of just playing thru the web browser's built-in lower quality player, simply set your profile to stream to an external player on the laptop, something like Decibel, or a windows equivalent high quality player, whatever you'd like. <br /> <br /> My suggestion is that you don't really want a faster horse. You may want something better, when you really step back from it.
  8. Most cobblers worth their salt will embed the artwork in the flac files themselves. Why leave things to chance? If ripping a CD, I use Rip on the Mac and embed the album artwork at the time of ripping. If I'm downloading from HDtracks or wherever, I analyze the files with MediaRage and edit the album artwork with higher rez images that I find on the web if/when necessary. MediaRage is a great tool that I use in addition to Tag. Tag is simpler, but does not allow album art to be tagged. MediaRage has batch process stuff built in, regex stuff, complex rules analysis, very cool stuff useful for very very large collections or when modifying metadata of large amounts of files at one time. Oh, and did I mention album art tagging/analysis for FLAC? Cool.
  9. Max had crashing issues with the latest "stable" build on 10.6.6 and later. So if your Mac Mini is "new" as you say, you should be running the latest "unstable" build of Max, as it is much more, errr...stable. Go figure. But then again, the latest "unstable" stable build of Max has a fatal flaw right now, wherein one cannot convert high rez FLAC to MP3, for those applications where this would be useful. If you don't care about that however, then again, the latest "unstable" build is perfectly stable :-)<br /> <br /> As for xAct, I find it childish and toy-like, but remarkably effective in a pinch, so I do keep it in the tackle box. Along with XLD, though it is equally the makings of a one-armed traffic cop. Rip/Max/Tag/Decibel are the go-to tools in this cobbler's workbench IMHO.
  10. The only way to do so would be to use a program like Adobe Audition (Mac beta or Windows versions) and downsample the frequency. But more importantly, this is Stupid, because if you're going to down-rez the files, just convert them into 320kbps MP3's with Max and they will automagically convert to 24/48 files for your silly little non-hi fidelity iPod usage. Why the hell would you "refuse to play mp3 from your iPod"??? That's exactly the place that mp3's of high bitrate are incredibly useful! Never mind the ease of use issues of not having to juggle wav/aiff frequency/sample rate modification in Audition or Logic or the like. We're talking about an iPod here.
  11. Guys, Rip is the tool from Stephen who makes Decibel and Max and Tag. It is indeed a secure ripper equivalent to dbpoweramp. It does indeed use AccurateRip, as does XLD. Just for the record. XLD is excellent choice as is Rip...Max should only be used for conversions at this point, not virgin rips, because it lacks AccurateRip. Hence why Stephen developed Rip. Make sense?
  12. I'm so knee deep in this stuff, but the question really made me think...hey, wait a minute, I don't really have a good navigation tool per se for my extensive ripping/transcoding/organizing process for FLAC and other music types. I use my Mac for most everything (except pulling high rez PCM off of BluRay audio discs). On the Mac, here are my tools and their purpose: Rip: as the name would suggest, it is a Ripper, secure ripper with AccurateRip integration on Mac, good stuff. Max: I use it to convert .wav to .flac, and .flac to 320kbps .mp3 MediaRage: For batch process tagging and other black arts with everything from .flac to .mp3 with album art copying. Tag: When simple tagging is all that is needed and MediaRage is overkill (keep in mind Tag cannot embed album artwork in flac files). Decibel: My new go-to player for all audio when in front of my computer. I guess I'm just drag and dropping album folders from my FLAC directories into Decibel. Again, this makes me rethink the fact that I really have no real rich navigation tool for FLAC files. I use the Finder and hunt and peck until I find what I want. Hmmm...there is a gap here for sure. I'll be looking out for good ideas on this as well I guess. Cheers.
  13. Chris, I'm completely jealous that you got to tour the joint with such a knowledgeable tourguide, that's great. By the way, I have the green Apple USB of 24bit/44.1KHz Beatles remasters from 2009, and I have to say, the FLAC files are amazing. For instance, I grew up with Revolver, and know the album front to back, upside and down, have owned easily 4 different copies of it, listened to it my entire life, and honestly, it has never sounded better than the 24bit FLAC's on the heavy green apple USB. The collection was well worth it. I personally consider anything delivered in 24-bit format or higher to be "high-rez", including 24bit/44.1. Obviously 24bit/48 or 24bit/96 or heck 32bit is preferred, but the added bit depth overall provides a significant increase in resolution from a 16bit as comparison. All things being equal of course, and of course assuming the studio is competent and delivers on the other factors affecting sound quality, YMMV, all that stuff...I can't believe that more people have not "discovered the Apple!". Cheers, sounds like you had an amazing visit there.
  14. By the way, after ripping to a VERY large .WAV file, of course you need to split it into tracks, even with the live concerts, so you can at least properly index to the next song. I'm using Adobe Audition on the Mac (currently in Beta) to split the tracks and label them properly. Works like a charm. This is of course child's play for Audition, compared to the complexity of its other functions, but it does have such a nice waveform view, makes finding gaps and inserting track markers really easy. When done, simply use the Export feature to export the audio between markers as files, and Audition labels the files according the markers you've inserted. Perfect result from which you can easily transcode to FLAC, or whatever chosen format for inserting proper meta-data, etc. For me, the Audition wav files output will be converted using Max to FLAC (with metadata and artwork added), then converted one last time to 320kbps MP3 for my handheld devices. The high-rez FLAC's will go up on my music server for both the PWD DAC/Bridge and for my music server to serve to me remotely when I'm travelling. Ahh yes, a labor of love. <br /> <br /> Cheers guys.
  15. Sauerball, great recommendation here, thanks! The one stumbling block I had is now overcome with the wonderful HD DVD/BluRay Stream Extractor in combination with eac3to on a Windows 7 Virtual Machine on my Mac Pro. Been ripping the 2-channel high-rez PCM tracks from BluRay's like Talking Heads Stop Making Sense (excellent 24/96 PCM track), Neil Young's Le Noise, etc. I just ordered a used HD-DVD of The Eagles Farewell Tour, just so I can attach my XBox HD-DVD drive to my Windows 7 VM and rip the 24/96PCM from that! I never thought I'd buy another HD-DVD or even use my old Xbox add-on drive, but with the BluRay/HD-DVD extractor, why the heck not??? I'm gonna keep an eye out for any used HD-DVD's I can find, sometimes you see some gems out there. Thanks again for your help and advice.<br /> <br /> -By the way, all the high rez audio ripping and high rez download purchasing I've been doing lately (and there has been TONS!), all of it has been for the end game of using my PS Audio PWD DAC and integrated bridge to stream all this lovely high rez audio from my NAS to the main listening room in the house. Working great and getting much use out of the Bridge, absolutely love it! Sound quality is outstanding! <br /> <br /> Anyways, cheers man, thanks for filling a gap for me in my process.<br /> <br />
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