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1) Better compression, not better quality. In reality both are very similar.

2) 128k-192k.

3) If you are using mp3 or AAC, very unlikely.
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FLAC / CUETools DB Plugin Error: Ripping with Eac - HELP!
Last post by Encore_ -
Hello!
So first of all, I'm pretty much a newbie on the whole lossless audio ripping stuff. I installed EAC to rip my cd collection and believe I mostly understand it now. However, everytime I rip a CD, at the beginning of the Status Report (after ripping the CD) the following texts occurs:

---- CUETools DB Plugin V2.1.6

[CTDB TOCID: wuEITxTNYU8OaNhd0kGMrkcaNyo-] database access error: A program could not be executed. Executed command: "C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\csc.exe" /noconfig /fullpaths @"C:\Users\(Username)\AppData\Local\Temp\u-on1zij.cmdline".

==== Log checksum C2954F2860FE5CE77BD903C7745F01981E498A6816FEA4861F6621E50A76A60D ====

I translated the full sentences and omitted my name, but that's basically what it says.
CUETools would come in really handy for me, so can anyone please help me out? :)

And sorry if this is the wrong forum, wasn't sure where to post it!

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Somewhat of a newbie, please bear with me on the following questions.

  • My general understanding after doing some reading on the mp3 format is that V0 is regarded as superior to 320 CBR. Why is that? I don't mean transparency or size/quality; I'm looking at it from a more technical point of view. Why wouldn't constantly encoding info at 320 bits be equal if not superior to a variable rate that fluctuates (V0 220-260)? One is cramming as much info as possible (even empty zeros) and one will strip out data according to an algo.

  • If I am going to use other lossy formats like AAC, , what is the generally recommended bit rate? Is it better to shoot for transparency or max out the bit rate?

  • Finally, I'm not a true hoarder, I believe less is more. However I've never really had a proper hardware set up; so I don't know if I would be able to tell the difference in quality between FLAC and mp3. So the only real good reason to keep lossless atm is transcoding. How likely are we to see a new development in next 10 years where having a 1:1 copy would be important? I would default to FLAC if not for the insane download bandwidth it takes and space/backup considerations.
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I did prove my point despite the usual remonstrations.
With that debacle you posted? You're quite the prankster Ralph, I'll give you that.
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Nope.
there was hope
Thanks, marc2003
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Since foobar2000 still supports Windows versions as old as Windows XP - and that's not expected to change this decade
BTW ffmpeg developers consider dropping WinXP compatibility: https://ffmpeg.org/pipermail/ffmpeg-devel/2017-December/222354.html

P.S. Though according to https://trac.ffmpeg.org/wiki/Downstreams version 3.2 will be supported up to 2022-06? So basically nothing to worry about, sorry.
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The Zoom recorder has a 1/8" input for line signals. Although the preamp has RCA output jacks, they are obviously taking the signal outside of the differential domain. One of the advantages of running differential circuits is lower noise. My concern was thus increased noise in doing a direct connection since I would be loosing the differential operation, plus it was a hassle to pull the FocusRite from the studio. So I set up the Zoom. This particular preamp is about 25 years old, being one of the first MP-1s built and so is a little nosier than later units. The Zoom was simply placed on a table, but what I didn't think about is that there is an arch between the living room where the speakers reside and the table. Imaging detail is diffused by both the arch and the flat plane of the table forward of the microphones in the Zoom.

There is a hum in the recording- the hum comes from the furnace fan. Having lived in Minnesota (which gets cold) and the same house since 1971 I no longer think about it.

I was asked to record a quieter portion of the LP. The first cut is a good 6 db louder through most of the track. I did prove my point despite the usual remonstrations.


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Nope.
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Audio Hardware / Which RCA input to use, 700mv or 900mv?
Last post by Nikaki -
Hello.

I recently got a new pair of active speakers (S1000DB), and I'm using both analog (PC) as well as optical (TV). The speakers have two analog inputs, however. One RCA pair is "700mv" and is labeled "AUX", the other is "900mv" and is labeled "PC." My analog source is a PC with a Xonar D1 sound card. I'm not sure which RCA pair to use to connect the 3.5mm line out from the Xonar to the speakers. I would assume I should connect it to the "PC" RCA pair, since the source is a PC, but this produces a quieter signal than the "AUX" and optical inputs.

The specs of the Xonar say:

Output/Input Full-Scale Voltage, 2 Vrms (5.65 Vp-p)

But I don't know what that means...  :-\

What I can say for sure, however, is that when I connect the optical out of the Xonar to the speakers at the same time as the analog out and switch between the sources, the 900mv PC connector is much quieter compared to the 700mv AUX connector. The 700mv AUX connector is in fact exactly as loud as the optical connector, which (perhaps naively?) makes me believe that's what should be used here, even though the source is a PC sound card.

Does someone know which is the correct RCA pair to use here?


Edit:
The full specs of the sound card are listed here: https://www.asus.com/us/Sound-Cards/Xonar_D1/specifications
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Can I compare two objects?
For example.
I have two massive of embedded covers
I need    if (embedded_1[0] == embedded_2[0] ) {.........}

or

var img1 = gdi.Image(img_path + "1.png"),
var img2 = gdi.Image(img_path + "2.png"),

if ( img1  ==  img2 ) {.........}