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In Reply to: RE: Sony HAP-Z1ES and formats posted by AbeCollins on March 29, 2017 at 09:14:16
Abe, is there any advantage in using FLAC with dBpoweramp over AIFF with iTunes, both 16 bit, but FLAC can be set to zero compression? Either is easy with my iMac, but I'm not sure how to move files ripped with dBpoweramp to iTunes for transfer to the Sony.
FLAC is more universal than AIFF, or ALAC for that matter. But FLAC is incompatible with iTunes. You do not need iTunes in order to transfer your files to the Sony.
You could 'rip' to AIFF or ALAC in iTunes and transfer to the Sony. This will allow you to play your files in iTunes, as well as on the Sony. BUT... unless you want this 'dual' capability, I would use dBpoweramp and rip to FLAC.
I have ripped some FLAC files using 16 bit 0 compression with dBpoweramp, and it was easy. Do they automatically show up in the HAP contents folder? I thought I deleted the iTunes files, but there are files in the content folder, perhaps the FLAC files.
I forgot that you can specify the type of files HAP Music Transfer sends. They are the 16 bit, 0 compression FLAC files of Waltz for Debby I ripped with dBpoweramp. Having listened to the files using the Sony balanced to the Ayre preamp, I'm satisfied it's the way to go. Thanks for the advice.
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