Anyway, I'm wondering if these results are something that would be expected for most people or if I've done something wrong.
Also, if/when I do this what external hard drive would be the most reliable? Would I be better served and could I make the process any faster by buying an external CD drive for ripping instead of using my laptop's drive?
1500 CDs is quite a large collection. Think a long time before re ripping your collection to FLAC, or be patient (ripping only 10-20 CDs a day). I only have a little over 200 CDs and re ripping my collection took forever.
While I don't remember my ABX results from when I tried it, from what I remember I am NOT able to pass an ABX test of FLAC versus 192 kbps CBR. From my informal testing I seem to be able to hear all the way to 17K-18K. I imagine my ABX result is fairly typical. There's nothing wrong with your hearing - don't worry about it. People claim that using an expensive sound card with an expensive pair of headphone will help you tell the difference between MP3 and FLAC. In my experience such a statement is not true unless you have headphones with obviously deficient ($1 earbuds) sound. Sound cards build into modern (last few years) laptops and computers really are quite good.I'd rather not do a 128kbps ABX. I'd don't want to face the reality of failing As far as ripping to FLAC, I keep a combination of FLACs and MP3s. To save space, I've used FLAC (and MP3s) to backup CDs I really like and do not want to lose. For the rest of my CDs (the large majority if them) I've converted them to MP3s and have no plan to save them as FLAC. I've had good experiences with western digital external hard drives. For whatever reason it seems external hard drives have a higher failure rate than internal drives. I would suggest you have at least two copies of all your music regardless of how you store your music. I would suggest you have two separate drives instead of one mirrored one. Hope that helps.
At this point, I'm honestly not so sure that what I would gain would necessarily be worth my effort.
I tried some nicer Sennheiser headphones that I sometimes use at home and my performance in the ABX testing did not improve appreciably.
Try something else other than Rock and post the results.
On the drive, an external CD drive might be good because the multiple reading rippers (like EAC) can be tough on a drive. Internal laptop drives are likely not as robust and certainly more expensive to replace than an external one.
Quote from: Frumious B on 14 March, 2009, 05:52:29 PMAt this point, I'm honestly not so sure that what I would gain would necessarily be worth my effort.The benefit would be to never rip your audio CDs again. Rip them to FLAC once and you are done.
I somehow got this idea, possibly not true, that the more instruments were in the mix the higher bitrate I needed.
Are there any particular tracks that someone might suggest as being particularly difficult to capture?
Quote from: DonP on 15 March, 2009, 03:40:49 PMOn the drive, an external CD drive might be good because the multiple reading rippers (like EAC) can be tough on a drive. Internal laptop drives are likely not as robust and certainly more expensive to replace than an external one.I don't use laptop drives for ripping audio as I have seen too many of them fail way too fast - even when not used rigorously. I would use a desktop for ripping audio if I were you.