Try foobar2000 with the TAK decoder component and the HDCD decoder component.
I also have not heard much lately. Is there anything to suggest about window interface of TAK.EXE that is of interest?I also do not know of the direct decoding of HDCD signal, would that be up to the media player rather than TAK? I am guessing the DShow filter also would not help with a media player that can not interpret a HDCD input. Maybe a good starting place would be to identify audio players that can accept HDCD input from a file that also are aware of DShow filters.
Cross-platform TAK binaries would be like a dream come true for me. The codec is pretty mature as it is, though, and so long as I use Windows it will remain my primary choice.
I think it is safe to say Thomas is still around and that he is still interested in continuing TAK.
On the last note, I do not see most current TAK users having issue with an updated TAK codec that would be backward compatible with versions 2.x and prior but required the newest decoder to work with files created with the newest encoder. Again, I am speculating and would rather rely on the discussion of the developer(s) and other users on this. I also speculate that other platforms might have to be patient for TAK support (for now).
For me, choice is obvious - open source, with multi-platform compatibility.
Another point: I am still looking for opportunities to improve the compression ratio, but all i have tried had a very significant effect on the encoding speed (10 to 50 times slower). That's not a good thing, if you want your codec to be associated with speed. Notice: I am still trying a lot, but because nothing worked very well, i don't post about it.
...And why do you think I criticise Thomas about not opening his codec as Open Source? I don't give rat's ass about if he's ever going to do that or not, it's his decision, not mine. It's his codec and his work, and he can do with it whatever he wants, for what I care. I just won't be using it until there is encoding-decoding support for all platforms - in open source format or just regular freeware. And that is my own decision, based on my own preferences.
Pardon my saying, but I never understood the attitude that open-source is instantly future-proof, nor the argument saying a program is doomed if it does not release a new version X times a year. Sounds like FUD.
Quote from: Destroid on 19 September, 2012, 06:14:28 AMPardon my saying, but I never understood the attitude that open-source is instantly future-proof, nor the argument saying a program is doomed if it does not release a new version X times a year. Sounds like FUD.Well from my point of view it makes perfect sense, since if I have the source code I can just add support for the format to rockbox and use it on my hardware + phone
WRONG.TAK is Delphi, so unless you can get it working under FreePascal, good luck.