• Re: Are there any audiophiles left here?

    From Wilfred van Velzen@2:280/464 to Bjrn Felten on Sat Jan 1 14:40:14 2022
    * Originally in FN_SYSOP
    * Crossposted in AUDIO
    * Crossposted in MUSIC

    Hi Bjrn,

    On 2022-01-01 03:11:44, you wrote to All:

    [Disclaimer: I don't consider myself an audiophile ;)]

    Now, I'm dedicated to once again recreate real Hi-Fi, meaning playing
    true loss-less (unlike the compressed MP3-files) music. So I started
    with my nine CD collection of ABBA music, and re-ripped them all to lossless FLAC files. But before I go all-in on a costly path, I want
    to make sure I'm on the right path.

    Well, since they are digital copies there is not much more you can do here. Just make sure the cd's are clean before you start ripping, so the chance of uncorrectable reading bit errors is minimal...

    So, I've tried various ways to reproduce the music, and I'm still not totally convinced. There's a long chain of possible POF on the way so
    far. The first one is the digital distribution of the music files. And here's where I wonder if there's still some true audiophiles out
    there. With the ultimate sound system, and the ear to notice the difference between "normal" music and proper Hi-Fi ditto.

    On http://eljaco.se/ABBA/ I have all the 133 ABBA songs in my
    possession in a loss-less format.

    It would be nice if they were grouped on an album basis! ;)

    Can you please check and see if you think it's worth spending
    thousands of dollars pursuing this quest.

    What could improve playback experience a bit is if you apply "replaygain" to your files. This doesn't change the bytes that represents the music, but adds some calculated values for the music that can improve your playback experience:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ReplayGain

    With commandline flac you just add --replaygain when encoding the files. Or you can have it added afterwards if your software doesn't support it directly.

    Bye, Wilfred.

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  • From August Abolins@2:221/1.58 to All on Sat Jan 1 08:48:00 2022

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    ** Original message from : August Abolins@2:221/1.58
    ** Original message to : Björn Felten
    ** Original date/time : 01 Jan 22, 08:18 >==================================================================<

    Hello Björn Felten!

    ** On Saturday 01.01.22 - 03:11, Björn Felten wrote to All:

    ..but somewhere on the way, I still feel we lost
    something. The perfect sound.

    The "sound" is truly in the ear of the beholder.


    ..So I started with my nine CD collection of ABBA music,
    and re-ripped them all to lossless FLAC files. But before
    I go all-in on a costly path, I want to make sure I'm on
    the right path.

    Ripping to FLAC is costly? How so? CD WAV --> FLAC might be a
    bit time consuming, certainly though.


    So, I've tried various ways to reproduce the music, and
    I'm still not totally convinced. There's a long chain of
    possible POF on the way so far.
    ^^^

    [?]


    The first one is the digital distribution of the music
    files. And here's where I wonder if there's still some
    true audiophiles out there. With the ultimate sound
    system, and the ear to notice the difference between
    "normal" music and proper Hi-Fi ditto.

    The bottom line is if YOU notice a difference. ;)

    How are you listening to your music: open-air speakers?
    standard headphones? in-ear headphones?

    FLAC also has various levels of compression too. Maybe you
    could adjust that to get closer to the non-discernable
    difference that you seek.

    On http://eljaco.se/ABBA/ I have all the 133 ABBA songs
    in my possession in a loss-less format. Can you please
    check and see if you think it's worth spending
    thousands of dollars pursuing this quest.

    I have some ABBA material on CD too. I could compare some of
    those and your tunes with my modest system.
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  • From August Abolins@2:221/1.58 to Wilfred van Velzen on Sat Jan 1 08:54:00 2022
    Hello Wilfred van Velzen!

    ** On Saturday 01.01.22 - 14:35, Wilfred van Velzen wrote to August Abolins:

    ..There's a long chain of possible POF on the way
    ^^^
    [?]

    Points Of Failure

    Thx.

    FLAC also has various levels of compression too. Maybe
    you could adjust that to get closer to the non-
    discernable difference that you seek.

    Flac is a lossless encoder, so the compression level
    doesn't matter for the audio quality. It just influences
    how much cpu cycles are spent on encoding and decoding
    and the resulting file size.

    Ah.. Interesting.

    BTW, my PC's can't seem to play FLAC files directly (via VLC
    player) The playback stops/stalls every few seconds. But if I
    convert to AppleLossless, the playback is much better (iTunes).

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  • From Wilfred van Velzen@2:280/464 to August Abolins on Sat Jan 1 17:47:12 2022
    * Originally in AUDIO
    * Crossposted in FN_SYSOP
    * Crossposted in MUSIC

    Hi August,

    On 2022-01-01 08:54:00, you wrote to me:

    BTW, my PC's can't seem to play FLAC files directly (via VLC
    player) The playback stops/stalls every few seconds. But if I
    convert to AppleLossless, the playback is much better (iTunes).

    Apparently your hardware isn't fast enough to decode it on the fly? A bit strange, but I don't know what kind of hardware you're using. ;-)
    Maybe it's encoded with the maximum compression level, which is too much for your hardware?

    Is it one of the files from Bjorn? I could try to re-encode it with a lower flac compression level. If you're interested in a test?

    Bye, Wilfred.

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  • From August Abolins@2:221/1.58 to Wilfred van Velzen on Sat Jan 1 12:39:00 2022
    Hello Wilfred van Velzen!

    ** On Saturday 01.01.22 - 17:47, Wilfred van Velzen wrote to August Abolins:

    * Originally in AUDIO
    * Crossposted in FN_SYSOP
    * Crossposted in MUSIC

    Apparently your hardware isn't fast enough to decode it
    on the fly? A bit strange, but I don't know what kind of
    hardware you're using. ;-) Maybe it's encoded with the
    maximum compression level, which is too much for your
    hardware?

    FLAC files are choppy with the T60/XP

    Intel Core Duo T2400
    Code Name Yonah
    Package Socket 479 mPGA
    Technology 65nm
    Specification Genuine Intel CPU T2400 @ 1.83GHz
    Rated Bus Speed 665.1 MHz
    Stock Core Speed 1833 MHz
    Stock Bus Speed 166 MHz
    Average Temperature 54 °C
    L1 Data Cache Size 2 x 32 KBytes
    L1 Instructions Cache Size 2 x 32 KBytes
    L2 Unified Cache Size 2048 KBytes

    And they're also choppy on my Lenovo 3000 G430. That one is at
    a remote site, so I can't confirm specific specs for it right
    now.


    Is it one of the files from Bjorn? I could try to re-
    encode it with a lower flac compression level. If you're
    interested in a test?

    I haven't tried Björn's files yet. I have to dig up my ABBA CDs
    first so that I can do proper A-B comparisons.

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  • From Wilfred van Velzen@2:280/464 to August Abolins on Sat Jan 1 18:55:11 2022
    * Originally in AUDIO
    * Crossposted in MUSIC
    * Crossposted in FN_SYSOP

    Hi August,

    On 2022-01-01 12:39:00, you wrote to me:

    Apparently your hardware isn't fast enough to decode it
    on the fly? A bit strange, but I don't know what kind of
    hardware you're using. ;-) Maybe it's encoded with the
    maximum compression level, which is too much for your
    hardware?

    FLAC files are choppy with the T60/XP

    Intel Core Duo T2400
    Code Name Yonah
    Package Socket 479 mPGA
    Technology 65nm
    Specification Genuine Intel CPU T2400 @ 1.83GHz
    Rated Bus Speed 665.1 MHz
    Stock Core Speed 1833 MHz
    Stock Bus Speed 166 MHz
    Average Temperature 54 C
    L1 Data Cache Size 2 x 32 KBytes
    L1 Instructions Cache Size 2 x 32 KBytes
    L2 Unified Cache Size 2048 KBytes

    So not a real speed monster even when it was introduced in 2009... ;)

    And they're also choppy on my Lenovo 3000 G430. That one is at
    a remote site, so I can't confirm specific specs for it right
    now.

    I think it's about the same generation as the T60, but it came with different processors. But apparently you don't have a speedy one...


    Bye, Wilfred.

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  • From August Abolins@2:221/1.58 to Wilfred van Velzen on Sat Jan 1 13:52:00 2022
    Hello Wilfred van Velzen!

    ** On Saturday 01.01.22 - 18:55, Wilfred van Velzen wrote to August Abolins:

    * Originally in AUDIO
    * Crossposted in MUSIC
    * Crossposted in FN_SYSOP

    FLAC files are choppy with the T60/XP

    Intel Core Duo T2400
    Code Name Yonah
    Specification Genuine Intel CPU T2400 @ 1.83GHz

    So not a real speed monster even when it was introduced
    in 2009... ;)

    I get 2006 based on the date of my Maintenance Manual. :/

    But FLAC probably wasn't a concern on a business-class laptop
    valued at $3000+ fully-configured at the time. ;)


    And they're also choppy on my Lenovo 3000 G430. That one
    is at a remote site, so I can't confirm specific specs
    for it right now.

    I think it's about the same generation as the T60, but it
    came with different processors. But apparently you don't
    have a speedy one...

    That one had a late 2008, early 2009 introduction. I bought
    that one new. I'm not too worried about FLAC on that one
    either. I only mentioned it because it too operates XP, and
    seems perfectly fine with AppleLossless versions.

    For Björn's test, I'll be generating CDs from the FLAC files to
    test on my hi-fi system.

    I had a family friend do a similar test on some of the FLAC vs
    AppleLossess files that I produced, against the original CD
    versions of a few tunes. The fellow has a fine hifi system.
    He found no discernable differences.
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  • From August Abolins@2:221/1.58 to Björn Felten on Sat Jan 1 14:01:00 2022
    Hello Björn Felten!

    ** On Saturday 01.01.22 - 19:08, Björn Felten wrote to Wilfred van Velzen:

    And regarding another comment, my FLAC files should be totally uncompressed. That was the whole idea behind going from MP3 to FLAC...

    What Kbps rate were your MP3 files?

    For me, I can discern a very noticable difference between
    192kbps and CD. 320kbps comes close to indestinquishable, but
    the bass is still a bit boomier and the highs have an obvious
    "edgyness" that is not pleasant for long passages. All that is
    for home-based listening with open-air speakers. 320kbps would
    be the minimum I would prefer on the car stereo for music.

    I've never really bothered with VBR (variable bit rate)
    versions.

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  • From Wilfred van Velzen@2:280/464 to Bjrn Felten on Sat Jan 1 19:30:36 2022
    * Originally in FN_SYSOP
    * Crossposted in AUDIO
    * Crossposted in MUSIC

    Hi Bjrn,

    On 2022-01-01 19:08:12, you wrote to me:

    Apparently your hardware isn't fast enough to decode it on the fly?

    Actually it may be one of the POFs I was talking about? I'm still at IIS
    5 and I've got reports that sometimes downloading with http is really slow,
    considering that I sit on a 100/100M fiber.

    I think August was talking about playing flac files in general, so your bandwidth is not the issue...

    And regarding another comment, my FLAC files should be totally uncompressed. That was the whole idea behind going from MP3 to FLAC...

    The compression level of flac files doesn't influence the audio quality! Flac is a lossless compression format, so when you decode it, you get the same bytes back that went into them. But if you don't want compression for some reason, you would be better of using wav files...

    Bye, Wilfred.

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  • From Wilfred van Velzen@2:280/464 to August Abolins on Sat Jan 1 20:30:43 2022
    * Originally in MUSIC
    * Crossposted in FN_SYSOP
    * Crossposted in AUDIO

    Hi August,

    On 2022-01-01 13:52:00, you wrote to me:

    I only mentioned it because it too operates XP, and seems perfectly
    fine with AppleLossless versions.

    I don't know about AppleLossLess, and how it compares to Flac.

    For Bjrn's test, I'll be generating CDs from the FLAC files to
    test on my hi-fi system.

    I had a family friend do a similar test on some of the FLAC vs AppleLossess files that I produced, against the original CD
    versions of a few tunes. The fellow has a fine hifi system.
    He found no discernable differences.

    There shouldn't be any difference. They all produce the same bytes that go into your DA converter for playback.

    Bye, Wilfred.

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  • From August Abolins@2:221/1.58 to Björn Felten on Sat Jan 1 21:12:00 2022
    Hello Björn Felten!

    ** On Saturday 01.01.22 - 19:08, Björn Felten wrote to Wilfred van Velzen:

    Actually it may be one of the POFs I was talking about?
    I'm still at IIS 5 and I've got reports that sometimes
    downloading with http is really slow, considering that
    I sit on a 100/100M fiber.

    I was referring to playing the files AFTER they are downloaded.
    But even if I could play/stream your files directly, my DSL
    speed at about 650-800Kbps wouldn't be good enough.


    And regarding another comment, my FLAC files should be
    totally uncompressed. That was the whole idea behind
    going from MP3 to FLAC...

    For totally uncompressed, WAV ought to do it. But FLAC offers
    a modicum of space/storage efficiency.
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  • From August Abolins@2:221/1.58 to Wilfred van Velzen on Sat Jan 1 21:32:00 2022
    Hello Wilfred!

    ** On Saturday 01.01.22 - 20:30, you wrote to me:

    I only mentioned it because it too operates XP, and seems
    perfectly fine with AppleLossless versions.

    I don't know about AppleLossLess, and how it compares to
    Flac.

    And I only mentioned it because I find iTunes (as a local
    program) operates very nicely as a music database. I didn't
    want to mess around with transferring/importing my all my music
    files and relearn yet-another music program when iTunes is
    pretty darn good at what it does. It even supports streaming
    files across a LAN to another pc that has iTunes.

    ..The fellow has a fine hifi system. He found no
    discernable differences.

    There shouldn't be any difference. They all produce the
    same bytes that go into your DA converter for playback.

    Short of hooking up a scope and/or other measuring devices, our
    audio tests were very specific. We tested recordings with
    quiet passages, and specific recordings that featured super low
    pipe-organ notes. They all seemed to reproduce in FLAC and
    AppleLossless equally well.
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  • From Erich B. to Wilfred van Velzen on Sat Jan 1 19:52:22 2022

    * Originally in FN_SYSOP
    * Crossposted in AUDIO
    * Crossposted in MUSIC

    Hi Bj�rn,

    On 2022-01-01 03:11:44, you wrote to All:

    [Disclaimer: I don't consider myself an audiophile ;)]

    Well, since they are digital copies there is not much more you can do here. Just make sure the cd's are clean before you start ripping, so the chance of uncorrectable reading bit errors is minimal...

    It would be nice if they were grouped on an album basis! ;)

    What could improve playback experience a bit is if you apply "replaygain" to your files. This doesn't change the bytes that represents the music, but adds some calculated values for the music that can improve your playback experience:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ReplayGain

    With commandline flac you just add --replaygain when encoding the files. Or you can have it added afterwards if your software doesn't support it directly.

    Bye, Wilfred.

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    I'm still an audiophile.

    $ The Millionaire $
  • From August Abolins@2:221/1.58 to Ward Dossche on Sun Jan 2 12:14:00 2022
    Hello Ward!

    ** On Sunday 02.01.22 - 15:40, you wrote to me:

    I have some ABBA material on CD too. I could compare
    some of those and your tunes with my modest system.

    I haven't bought a CD in ... pfftttt ... 15 years. I only
    got vinyl.

    I have a modest collection. Only about 800-1100 LPs. Maybe
    about 400-500 45's. I haven't put them to much use since the
    quality of sound is noticeably not as good as I remembered some
    of them to be. The speakers are fine, and professionally
    rebuilt. Maybe my ear is conditioned to the more consistent
    sound from a CD. However, I learned that a new needle/
    cartridge pair is probably long overdue. It is recommended that
    the needle be replaced every few hundred hours of play.

    What make/model of record player do you have?

    I've gone through several, but ultimately received a fine
    Pioneer PL-A35. I love the steampunk look of the balancing/
    pressure mechanism with the wire and weight.

    --
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  • From Nick Andre@1:229/426 to August Abolins on Thu Jan 6 23:40:55 2022
    On 02 Jan 22 12:14:00, August Abolins said the following to Ward Dossche:

    What make/model of record player do you have?

    Dual 1242 in the living room. Garrard D-20 in my bedroom. My daughter has a Gemini manual direct-drive in her room.

    Nick
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  • From Mickey@1:249/307 to Nick Andre on Fri Jan 7 12:16:49 2022
    On 06 Jan 2022, Nick Andre said the following...

    Dual 1242 in the living room. Garrard D-20 in my bedroom. My daughter
    has a Gemini manual direct-drive in her room.

    You wouldn't believe what I got around the house, but as for as players go, I have a matched up Pioneer turntable and Receiver/Player in my studio. No more huge speakers anymore though, just studio Bowes monitors.

    Mick Manning
    -(< BluesNET - The Musician's Network >)-

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