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How much should i spend on external dac? Any suggestions?

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Since you've mentioned tagging...can wav files being tagged? Or i have to do something extra i mean with specific software? I don't understand why my project streamer doesn't supports the titles which i have put to my wav files (after i ripped them). Thanks again

 

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harry_t wrote:
Since you've mentioned tagging...can wav files being tagged? Or i have to do something extra i mean with specific software? I don't understand why my project streamer doesn't supports the titles which i have put to my wav files (after i ripped them). Thanks again

This is why WAV files aren't ideal. The WAV format predates tagging by many years, so the basic WAV format doesn't support much tagging at all. If you're ripping from CDs, use something like dbPowerAmp (other rippers are available but that's what I use), select FLAC (might be worth checking if the Pro-Ject streamer supports it, I don't know), and the program will fill in all the tagging details for you (assuming you aren't ripping something so obscure or new that nobody else has submitted it to the online databases). If you're lucky it'll put the album art on as well (I find dbPowerAmp to be a bit hit and miss with Album art, sometimes it does, sometimes not, you can add yourself if it doesn't find it though).

Once that's done the streamer will read all the info off the Tags and you'll get everything you could possibly want...

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harry_t wrote:
does the software play any significant role in Cd ripping? (I've ripped in wav 80% of my cd collection and the other 20% i've converted wav from mp3) If yes could you recommend any software?

Asuming the drive you're using for ripping and the software is capable of extracting the data from the disc and compressing it accurately, there's no logical reason why it should make any difference, although I know some claim different rippers/software give them better results.

I'm with Lhc on the 'no point in turning MP3s into WAV' thing – once the data is lost in the lossy MP3 compression, you're not going to recover it in converting to MP3, and all you'll do is increase the file sizes.

At the moment most of my music is ripped to FLAC for exactly that tagging reason, and transcoded on the fly by the server software to WAV, so the network player 'sees' WAV files, but with tags. Seems to work pretty well.

But that last bit is something of an experiment at the moment – I'm running three or four server packages on the NAS drive I have, and have yet to have a full play with the capabilities of all of them.

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Thank you all for your support!

 

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£180 on a Beresford Bushmaster DAC is more than enough. If you don't like it you have a few days for a refund and will be at least as good as an mdac.

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