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AAC - General / Re: "Target Quality" vs. "True VBR"?
Last post by ThaCrip -
Like already mentioned pretty much... Apple AAC is what you want if your using AAC(AAC-LC) in general. even for a alternative to Apple AAC is to use the FhG from WinAMP in Foobar2000 since it's similar to Apple AAC and, if I recall correctly, encodes faster if that matters to you. basically this listening test at 96kbps from 2011 sums up how close Apple AAC and FhG (WinAMP) are... https://listening-tests.hydrogenaud.io/igorc/aac-96-a/results.html ; with scores like that I doubt most people would notice anything and even if they can it won't be easy to spot because once someone has to really focus to spot tiny things, you already know the overall sound quality is strong.

as for general bit rates... I tend to see it like this on most equipment (like speakers and typical headphones) in that 96kbps (CVBR) is going to be at least 'good enough' and it's very efficient. I could maybe see 128kbps or so as a bit of a safety buffer but much beyond this lossy encoders lose their appeal if you ask me. because while I get most around here have a tendency to obsess over tiny sound differences, in the real world, they are likely quite small to where the average person ain't going to notice it. even if they do, it's not something you will likely notice in general when just sitting back and enjoying ones music.

because I figure if someone does notice the smaller stuff and it bothers them, at that point, if possible, they are better off using a lossless format like FLAC since I think the whole point of lossy audio is to retain a high percentage of the sound quality but at pretty much smallest possible file size that will suit many, if not most, people well.

p.s. in regards to TVBR vs CVBR... CVBR might be a touch safer than the default TVBR on sound quality if one has to choose, but even here we are splitting hairs. but a slight negative with CVBR that favors TVBR overall is it seems CVBR tends to have, on average, bigger file size vs TVBR. so this is a really small thing that many might not care about. but if you do, then you can make a choice here if you would rather have the smaller file size(TVBR) or 'maybe' a touch better sound quality(CVBR). but when using 96kbps, since I feel this is the lowest bit rate I would suggest people use on AAC(AAC-LC), I tend to be on the side of caution with sound quality and opt for CVBR. but higher bit rates (say 128kbps or more) one might as well opt for the slight storage space savings with TVBR.
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General - (fb2k) / Re: UPnP MediaRenderer output | discussion
Last post by novainfinity -
Anyone has experience with the ifi Zen Stream? I can select the Stream but can't play anything out of it. The visualizer doesn't move, but seek bar moves for 5 seconds then stops. I can play music if I download the UPnP server component and find it through the Stream, but can't push audio through foobar which is what I want.
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General - (fb2k) / Re: keeping 32 and 64 bit versions installed at the same time. will they conflict?
Last post by Chibisteven -
If you're talking about sharing the same foobar2000-v2 folder in %appdata% then I think it's a bad idea to even try.

It *might* work but the whole point of standard installs is the file associations and you obviously can't have that with 2 different installation folder locations for the 32bit and 64bit installs.

Secondary portable installs are the way to go.

Not everybody uses standard installs for file associations.  The only associations with foobar2000 I have are .fpl playlists, .b2k-component, .fth (themes).  I don't even use the library function.  I either launch foobar2000 and open what I want inside it or drag something into the shortcut icon on my desktop to play something.
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General - (fb2k) / Re: keeping 32 and 64 bit versions installed at the same time. will they conflict?
Last post by marc2k3 -
If you're talking about sharing the same foobar2000-v2 folder in %appdata% then I think it's a bad idea to even try.

It *might* work but the whole point of standard installs is the file associations and you obviously can't have that with 2 different installation folder locations for the 32bit and 64bit installs.

Secondary portable installs are the way to go.
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General - (fb2k) / Re: keeping 32 and 64 bit versions installed at the same time. will they conflict?
Last post by radorn -
Replacing a 64 bit profile folder with a 32 bit profile folder in a 64 bit portable version will not work.
Have you actually tried? because I just did, and some stuff does work.
My interface (Default UI) settings are kept. Playlists are there. DSP chain is there (with components labeled "missing").
Of course, all the 32bit components have failed to load, as expected.
That's what I meant by "let it do whatever with it".
I know the 32bit components won't work. That's the whole point of me not transitioning straight to 64bit yet.
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General - (fb2k) / Re: Central/global settings and unifying library viewers in new fb2k
Last post by q-stankovic -
I agree with you, anamorphic. But i must say that any kind of unification is welcomed.

I would not forget library search: the filter feature is so useful and brilliant that i would like to see it also here. And what you call search box could emerge playlist and library search whereas the main menu entries on opening the windows automatically invoke the correct search source.

I like to repeat that i would also like to have a "view"-drop down  in facets. Due to the peculiarity and characteristics of facets the views couldn't be defined easily in its preferences. An ideal place would be the facets window itself: once a complex view is created it could be saved and stored as entry in the view-dropdown
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Support - (fb2k) / Re: My Foobar2000 v2 Beta bug reporting log.
Last post by Perseid -
I'm trying to install 2.0 beta 10 over a non-portable installation of 1.6.12, and I'm getting the error: "The install directory contains configuration data, but foobar2000 is not using portable mode."

This is all true, but the error doesn't even hint at a solution. It just quits.