This tool is pretty interesting. I haven´t much HDs but one of them "Yim Hok-Man - Poems Of Thunder, The Master Chinese Percussionist" i bought for 7.95 at Amazon is a HD showing no sign of it on the box. Only a small info in the booklet about mastering equipment using it.In the first song are some strong Kudo drumhits that are real distorted.Decoding it with the peak extension found makes these drumhits absolut clear!Looking in an editor shows the non decoded one as totally smashed.I replagained both and did an abx in foobar with no problem.
Ah, the fun old HDCD question. Was browsing on another forum today and the topic came up, which reminded me of an old, unanswered question I had regarding HDCD decoding. Specifically, from this thread. Money quote: "Any idea if [pregaps actually missing] affects HDCD playback?" From what I understand, the HDCD information is stored in the "LCBs" (least significant bits) and in only a minority of the... samples? I suppose, then, the key question is whether any HDCD "flags" are set in pregaps. My guess is no (are pregaps even audio information, really?), but it would be nice to know for sure.By the way, something else I was wondering: what if your rips aren't offset correctly (in EAC, drive offset I mean). Does the HDCD "flag" rely on correct alignment (or cue sheets) as a reference? If each sample (or whatever) contains the HDCD information, than I suppose none of that would matter... and that might solve my missing pregaps question too.