Last post by Maurits -
It may feel counter-intuitive but it is much easier to encode lossless than lossy. The challenge is to encode to much smaller sizes than lossless could ever achieve and make it still sound good. That is why your MP3 encoder takes longer, it's much harder.
Last post by certaindamagedlemon -
In EAC, the FLAC encoding seems unusually fast for me. It rips to WAV normally, then in the FLAC.exe window it only takes 3 seconds for a 3 minute track. It takes about 5 times longer for LAME MP3. I'm not sure if that's normal.
Last post by Peter -
The current SDK can be configured to produce either v1.4+ components or v1.3+ components. Configuring the SDK for v1.3+ disables SDK features that specifically require v1.4+ to work.
Furthermore, the v1.4 series are compatible with all components made for the v1.3 series.
Last post by Zao -
To my knowledge, there are no compatibility breaks. It's the other way around, if you leverage functionality in the SDK that requires 1.4 in components, they won't work in older foobars.
If I ever get around updating it, it may end up using the new functionality. You should keep your foobars updated anyway, and if there's something holding you back, let Peter know.