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Ripped CDs Quieter??

I've been listening to my finally ripped CDs on a Sonos Play:3.  They've been ripped as MP3s (VBR V2) and a few as FLAC.  I'm not sure if it's the rips or the Sonos, but they seem quieter than the orginal CD.  I'm playing the CDs from a separates system and and old 'ghetto blaster'.

I'm using EAC/LAME to rip to MP3.  Is there any way to get the violume higher.  Why would they be quiter?

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RE: Ripped CDs Quieter??

How can you tell they're quieter if you're playing them back through different systems?

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RE: Ripped CDs Quieter??

CD transports make noises. Not much noise admittedly, but it might account for the difference.

[EDIT] Ok just noticed you didn't mean background noise. You mean the signal level is lower when playing back files - rather than CDs - so you have to turn the volume up more.   

Can you plug the CD player (from your seperates system) into the Sonos Play 3 so you can compare properly?

 

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RE: Ripped CDs Quieter??

@BenLaw:  My 'ghetto blaster' is an old panasonic stereo and not particularly powerful.  The volume just seems higher on this than the Sonos.  I have to crank the latter up comparatively more.

 

@chebby:  Unfortunately, then Play:3 doesn't have a line in, so can't do the comparision.  I do have a Revo Mondo wi-fi and this is plugged in to the same amp as the CD separate.  Same issue - I need to turn the volume up higher when switching from CD player to MP3.

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