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I finally purchased a Sony HAP-Z1ES digital player/server and now I'm ready to rip my CDs to a PC before uploading them to the HAP. What CD ripping software are most audiophiles using? Do the different CD ripping software make a difference in sound quality? Also, is there a difference in sound quality if you use Wi-Fi versus a direct wired connection to transfer the files to the HAP?
There will be no sound quality difference in transferring files via Wifi or hardwired Ethernet.
Transferring a moderate sized library can take quite a while even on the Sony's hardwired Ethernet connection so Wifi could be painfully slow depending on the size of your library.
Even though Sony's spec claims to support 1000BASE-TX/100BASE-TX/10BASE-TX, mine never negotiated a link speed faster than 100BASE-TX (100Mbs) on my 1-Gigabit/s network and it took over night to transfer my relatively small (at the time) music library.
If you can run a temporary CAT5e Ethernet cable from your router/switch to the Sony, the connection will be faster and more reliable than wifi.
I would strongly avoid running wifi for large data transfers: all you are doing is needlessly exposing your body and brain to radiation. And while it is true that this obeys the inverse square rule (so if you keep 4m away from the base station, the effect will be 1/16th that of being 1m away), it still penetrates through walls, and there is now a large body of literature on its capability to damage DNA, so just use a cable and stay healthy without the risk, the slow speeds, or the risk.
I agree. There is one outspoken person I know of in the alternative media about this, here name is Deborah Tavares. I've listened to a lot of her interviews on YouTube. There is no way around this as others have said, on top of it most people are penetrated with cell and microwave towers as well as their smart meters in their homes which measure everything from electricity to water. Making matters worse the Lilly wave can be used to pulsate through electrical wiring in the house making us stuck in an electrical cage in our own homes.
This is all documented and fact, people make fun of us now. They won't know what has happened to them until it is too late.
...and just about any retail establishment. ;-)
...and as the wifi radiation penetrates through walls make sure that you live in a remote place with no adjacent neighbours. Never go to a large town or city as that radiation spreads into the street. In fact so prevalent is wifi these days that I would avoid small towns too, just to be safe.
dbpoweramp isprobably the best. It has two huge advantages:
1. Accurate Rip. This verifies that your rip is accurate by online comparison with its library of fingerprints from other users. I would say that most recordings appear in that library.
2. PerfectTunes ( an extra feature at a small additional cost). This provides album cover art and metadata (tagging). It provides choices so that you can select the correct items which mirror your particular CD. There may be a need to correct some odd pieces of data before the clicking the button for the actual rip but I have found that over two years of using the application its accuracy gets better and better. It is worthwhile getting this all correct now. You may find that some fields are included that will not display via your HAP-Z1ES player. However please appreciate that you won't be using this player for eternity and in a few years time when you change to another you don't want to have to go back and start re-ripping all of your CDs. I suggest you adopt a "rip it once and rip it right" attitude.
dbpower amp also offers many other attributes including DSP processing and making copies in various codecs should so so wish, e.g. MP3 or AIFF for your phone. It also allows you to rip the CDs to uncompressed FLACs which is not the case with all rippers. These do sound better IMO ( wish that I had learned this earlier) although there is , of course, a penalty in file size and storage. dbpoweramp also provides the software to enable the correction of FLAC tagging even from downloaded files.
I thnk that the answer your question about different rippers having an effect upon sound quality can be deduced from the above. Depending on how you configure the ripper you can even get different sound qualities from the same ripper.
There should be no negative effect from using wifi to transfer the files from your computer to the player. It may take a little longer than by using a wired connection that is all.
I purchased the dbpoweramp software and noticed that thare are many DSP effects. What typical DSP effects are you guys using for a CD rip that will be uploaded to the Sony HAP-Z1ES?
if you are using windows or apple, I recommend dbpoweramp, I'll put a link below:
it is $39 a license for 1 PC, definitely affordable, I would also recommend ripping the CDs to FLAC with compression level 0.
The CD softwares all differ in ripping quality, dbpoweramp takes care of that and there are settings in there you can click to get the best from your CDs.
also better to hardwire as it is a faster transfer of files :)
I've been ripping CDs since around 1993.
I'm pretty new to ripping files and sending them to the Sony HAP-Z1ES, but even I find dBpoweramp easy to use. I stopped copying the ripped files to iTunes, because the HAP transfer app finds them anyway. I've been using 0 compression, but I'll check out PAR's suggestion, even though the quality of sound with 0 compression is excellent. I use balanced from the Sony to an Ayre K-5xeMP preamp to an Ayre VX-5 Twenty amp that drives a pair of KEF LS50s.
Hi bullethead. Of course I agree with what you say but I thought that I would mention that dbpoweramp provides a selection in the encoder to make fully uncompressed FLACs which appears not to be the same as level 0 which, of course, it also provides.
Yes, that's the best.
I just checked my setting in dBpoweramp and discovered I've been using uncompressed.
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