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Solved, In the above encoder settings change:

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--lfor 2

To (for verbose method)
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--lfor 3


Here's full switches:
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--output <filename> 	temp file name (this option is necessary)
--threads <integer> set maximum number active threads (max 8), default [0] - unlimited
--mode <integer> detect mode [0..40], default 0,
0 - slow and most accurate, 40 - fast, but less accurate
--tpath <path> temporary folder for wav-files (example: --tpath "d:\temp")
--priority <0|1|2|3> checking priority (0 - use converter settings, 1 - idle, 2 - below normal, 3 - normal)

--lfor <1|2|3> log format (1 - simple, 2 - normal, 3 - verbose)
--lenc <1|2|3> default log encoding (1 - ansi, 2 - utf16, 3 - utf8)
--autodel autodelete "saved" tracks

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I've bought an old Teac IDE drive that writes CD's only that has the 4x and 8x CLV modes for less than £10, so if that improves things I'll post on that too. 
I think the smart thing would be to buy a new CD player (or a DVD or Blu-Ray Player).     You can buy an inexpensive one and continue to use the old one with commercial CDs if you wish.    And, of course, the new cheaper one will sound better with those hard-to-play burned CDs, since (hopefully) they won't skip.   And, it will probably sound identical to your old one with "good discs".  

If you need analog outputs, make sure any new player you buy has them.   My (inexpensive) Blu-Ray player can play CDs and DVDs, but it doesn't have analog audio outputs.   
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General Audio / Re: Album Art Downloader XUI
Last post by AlexVallat -
I got it working!  :) I installed English (United States) (again) and restarted Windows.
Thanks for your help @AlexVallat
That's great news, thanks for letting me know!
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I don't know if you realize that CD players are the worst way to play CDs because they don't do retries if they encounter read errors like a proper ripping program does, but instead just try to cover the mess up?
With all due respect, error correction aside, is it possible some CD players may sound "better" because they output higher signal levels and can drive systems to louder volumes, therefore the perceived quality may seem greater?

I think I can see where you are headed.

IME many audiophiles are so shallow in their understanding of audio system setup and operation that they make those kinds of mistakes.

Relevant facts may include the fact that a typical component CD player's voltage output at digital FS is on the order of 2 or 2.5 volts RMS, while most consumer PC audio interfaces output about 1 volt under similar conditions.   This is a 6 or 8 dB difference.

Most component integrated amps and preamps can be driven to full output with signals as low as 0.2 volts or 200 millivolts.

If one is clever or brave enough to simply advance the volume control a little further clockwise, the amp can be driven to full rated output and beyond by even the lesser 1 volt output of the PC. 

Thus, claims of a sonically precarious piece of gear sounding better than one that actually operates in a more ideal manner may be heard. 

ABX testing includes level matching, and are not so easily deceived.  Of course, to match levels one might have to spend a few dollars on a DVM, and perhaps more significantly learn how to operate it and interpret its evidence. 

In the face of massive audiophile peer pressure to not be a "Meter Reader", logic and reason are set aside.
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MP3 - Tech / Re: lame3995o
Last post by halb27 -
What do you think? Is it still okay to use lame3100m?
IMO lame3995n was a major step forward compared to former versions (and lame3995o is different only for -Q values of 1 or similar).
However as you use the highest VBR bitrate setting this probably doesn't mean any audible difference.

But if it is only the lowpass you care about maybe I can bring some relief to you by mentioning that Lame3.99.5 (original as well as my variants) demands only for a very limited precision in the 16+ kHz range compared to the more audible ranges. I guess that's why the lowpass value is that high when using -V0. So it can't happen that a lot of bits are 'wasted' eventually.
But there's also no reason not to simply use the --lowpass 18.2 switch in case you prefer this.

If you care a lot about the bit reservoir it may be wiser to use a somewhat lower -Q value like -Q1 or similar. I use -Q1, but after having tried opus I would even go lower. With opus as well as lame3995o it is only harpsichord music which requires an (otherwise inadequate) very high bitrate setting. Everything else is perfectly encoded when using lame3995o -Q1.7, and there is even a certain safety margin with this. I do not struggle any more for a general encoder setting which gives perfect results for any kind of music. I can easily do so as harpsichord music isn't exactly my favorite genre. Moreover even the worst harpsichord sample I know is well acceptable when using -Q1.7, and I guess -Q1.7 is perfect for many a harpsichord music. And I can always use -Q0 for the few tracks with dominating harpsichord music I have. I don't have a reason to reencode my collection, but if I had to I'd use -Q1.7 (200 kbps on average for pop music).
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Thanks for the package!

I also had some problems with the beet config -e command and in the end I just edited the config.yaml file in the beets folder. Also the plugin wasn't recognised by beets until I moved it to the beetsplug folder instead of the beets folder.
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Let's just take look at how Adode and Autodesk do preset dialogs. I'm pretty sure the UX and UI designers in those companies have it sussed and know what works and what doesn't.

3 examples below. All trigger the preset upon selection.
These are just a handful of the programs I use as part of my job but a lot more are the same.

Edit.
Notice in the photoshop dialog all buttons are nicely grouped together relating to the saving, deleting and execution of preset and cancellation of dialog.
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3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: foo_youtube
Last post by 3dyd -
In the search with the integrated UI element it still shows in the %title%-column (within NG playlist) the search item ('melissa etheridge'), and not '...get more'.
That reflects metadata construction changes introduced in v2.

Is it just me or foo_youtube is currently broken? Receive "Timeout was reached" errors on any track I try to play.
Maybe proxy or firewall settings?
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I don't know if you realize that CD players are the worst way to play CDs because they don't do retries if they encounter read errors like a proper ripping program does, but instead just try to cover the mess up?
With all due respect, error correction aside, is it possible some CD players may sound "better" because they output higher signal levels and can drive systems to louder volumes, therefore the perceived quality may seem greater?