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MP3 / Re: best mp3 encoder with something better than a command line interface?
Last post by saratoga -
What's wrong?

You took two MP3 files and did an ABX of them.  That isn't useful, it just tells you that you can hear a difference between the two MP3 files, but you don't care about that. 

You said you were trying to figure out which settings are better for that one specific sample.  Is that still the case?  Then you need to do the test suggested here:

https://hydrogenaud.io/index.php/topic,116217.msg963803.html#msg963803

I suggest doing them in order too, since if the first fails the second will fail too. 
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3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: iPod manager
Last post by musicmusic -
See earlier reply here, but to add to that, the default value of the compilation mapping is:

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$if($stricmp($meta(album artist),various artists),1,%ipod_compilation%)
If you haven't changed that mapping, I would have a look at the values for ALBUM ARTIST and IPOD_COMPILATION for those two albums.
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Opus / Re: Opus 1.3 is out!
Last post by mzso -
I don't even know how to reply to that, comparing an OS to an open source audio codec.
YOU did that comparison! Right now...
I responded to what I quoted "Why wouldn't the last version of anything be the recommended version to use".  And explained that the newest usually sucks.

Also, yes I've tried Windows 10 and it's their best, there is a little more to clean in the beginning but once setup properly it's the most compatible with all the new hardware and drivers, as expected, it's their latest.
And you came to this conclusion because fo the constant bugs, performance regressions to older windows versions and the crippling issues at every single major update. The last time (a week or two ago) they had to withdraw the update, because of data loss, users files got permanently erased...
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MP3 / Re: best mp3 encoder with something better than a command line interface?
Last post by [JAZ] -
I see you've moved from using CBR (in the first page of this thread) to using VBR with a constrained minimum bitrate so that it doesn't go lower than 256.

That simple thing is, in fact, making the encoder work with a different engine and it is, by itself alone, known to produce different results than the CBR engine.

Also, if I understand it correctly, what you are doing with that usage of the -ns-xxx settings is to increase the margin in dBs of adjacent frequencies before considering that it is masked by the stronger of both. As such, that tells the encoder to take more part of the signal as important.
The problem is... what will the encoder do when it doesn't have enough bits? Since you're making everything important, you might be pushing it to cause dropouts, a much more annoying problem.

Btw.. the "--interch" setting currently does nothing. You simply have to check the code searching for "interch". You'll see where it is read from the console, where it is defined in the presets, where it is set to the engine and... where it is completely ignore right now by the engine.
The documentation in html also says:
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--interch x     Currently unused
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Opus / Re: Opus 1.3 is out!
Last post by eahm -
I don't even know how to reply to that, comparing an OS to an open source audio codec.

Also, yes I've tried Windows 10 and it's their best, there is a little more to clean in the beginning but once setup properly it's the most compatible with all the new hardware and drivers, as expected, it's their latest.
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CUETools / Re: Cannot verify one track album rip without cue file
Last post by BrassDude -
I also have a few cases of ripped single-track CDs. Mainly classical music where there is sometimes a single movement of a long symphony on a second disc. In general, I rip one file per track and also do not keep the CUE sheets. Maybe an "expert mode" where one can tell CUETools to only expect one track for this CD would be a solution?
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Audio Hardware / Buying vintage receivers
Last post by apastuszak -
I'm in a market for a 1970s style vintage receiver.  Mostly because I love the look of them.  But I am trying to sort snake oil from science when it comes to recommendation.

Using Craigslist, I found two model I am interested in at a reasonable price:

1. A Hitachi SR-603 receiver from 1978
2. A Technics SA-505 receiver from 1982

When I visit forums on the Internet that deal in vintage gear, I am being told that I will need to "recap" the receiver, adjust the bias and replace bad transistors on anything older than 20 years, and I should be prepared to learn to do to it myself, or spend $300-$500 to have it done for me.

I don't have a huge issue with this price tag.  I just wan to know whether any of this is necessary or if it's just more placebophile snake oil.

And my next question is, does anyone still make a receiver that looks like an old 70s model with a tuning dial and vu meters?

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3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: External Tags
Last post by Case -
I posted a quick update for the component a moment ago that includes the streaming changes. There's still apparently some potential weirdness possible with local subsong-enabled formats so other updates are on hold until I get those sorted.
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