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Support - (fb2k) / Setting Up On iPad
Last post by enofile -
Please excuse my lack of knowledge.  I am 68, and have issues with digital applications.
I just purchased a Teac Ai 301 DA integrated amp.  It has a USB post and I want to play music from Foobar 2000 through the Coincident Victory II speakers hooked into the amp.  However, when I plug my iPad into the USB post, music just comes out of the iPad speakers.  I do not comprehend why the speakers are circumvented.  With Bluetooth, streaming music from Spotify is played through the Coincidents.  Can anyone help me.  Also, when I install the Foobar2000 app on to my iPad, it oddly is downloaded to the Video Recorder.  Where should Foobar2000 land on my iPad?  Certainly, the Video Recorder is not the correct runway. 
Thank you.
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AAC - General / Re: Is there any difference between AAC and MP3 for wireless use today?
Last post by darkbyte -
I was testing Bluetooth's default SBC encoder for car listening in the past, and I've found that highly compressed sources can sound bad when further transcoded for Bluetooth transmission (this is with a recent Android version which uses the higher bitpool setting, I'm not familiar how iPhone behaves in this situation).

Without any scientific evaluation, just as an idea where you can start experimenting, in my findings you cannot go wrong with :
- Lossless, or LossyWav or WavPack Lossy (basically any encoder which lower bit depth and shift introduced noise in the upper frequency domain), this was the best source in my opinion for further transcoding
- Musepack (matches nicely with SBC's subband allocation), my second best choice
- AAC-LC/MP3 >= 160kbps
- Opus >= 96kbps
- HE-AAC (I've tried this with web radio stations and seems to keep the stereo separation nicely, also the highs are already artificially altered so SBC doesn't seem to make much of a difference anyway)

Just my 2 cents.
With AptX I don't think you have to care too much about the source, because AptX seems to work very much like LossyWav and makes a variable bit depth encoding.
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Support - (fb2k) / Re: How can I speed up autoplaylists initialization?
Last post by davideleo -
Daeron, I totally agree with all you wrote, so let me make it clear that I'm not asking for an IT support on the foobar2000 forum. I already thought my hardware through elsewhere and I don't need to go over it here. Neither am I asking assistance for my foobar2000 setup, which I'm actually happy with and is not flawed as you assume, it is just slow on start up.
I'm asking how are computer resources used by the query process and what is the optimal hardware configuration to speed it up.

P.S.
I'm not upgrading my hardware for foobar2000, but since I am upgrading it anyway, I just want to make sure no stone is left unturned to make autoplaylist initialization as fast as possible.
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Vinyl / Re: How stable are record decks in terms of tempo/pitch? (Drifting)
Last post by Maurits -
You could also look for an old Dual turntable. I still have mine. They are belt driven, have a 7 1/2 lb. platter, and a speed adjustment with a built in strobe.
I was going to say something similar. In the days when I still messed around with vinyl because better things hadn't been invented yet you basically had two types of turn tables. TTs for listening used to have a heavy platter so even if the motor wasn't that good, the inertia of a few hundred grams of spinning metal would prevent audible fluctuations. They also came with a thick rubbery mat so the vinyl wouldn't move in relation to the platter.

TTs for DJ-ing on the other used to have ultra light platters made of aluminium. This allowed them to reach or change target speed extremely quickly, useful for beat matching etc. They also often came with a slipmat made specifically to have very low friction for easy scratching and pitching.

Needless to say, if you want to record the vinyl true to its intended sound (and don't want to spend money on digital versions) you would want to invest in one of the first types of turntables and stay away from the DJ types.
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Support - (fb2k) / Re: Pioneer u-05 DSD issue
Last post by Case -
You do understand that DSD is inferior to PCM in every way? You don't even have gapless playback with the format using separate files. Even JRiver recommends converting it to PCM for playback, but since they are a commercial company they want to please even audiophiles and offer inferior pass-through options.

foobar2000 wants to offer superior experience regardless of format. Fast seeking, gapless playback, working volume control, ReplayGain and all other DSPs work with everything. Peter has been adamant about this part and I don't expect it to change.

Do yourself a favor and try foo_input_sacd with the default PCM conversion mode and see how much better the usability is. Also you'll notice that the audio quality is 100% identical.
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