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I recently purchased a Sony HAP-Z1ES server along with the dBpoweramp software which I will use to rip my CDs to my PC before uploading them to the HAP. The dBpoweramp has many configuration options and I'm curious as to what DSP effects will be useful to create the best sounding FLAC files. I've already selected the HDCD effect but am not sure about the other options. Any help would be useful since I would like to "rip once - rip right". Thanks.
None. Like bullethead and Kal I prefer to make a bit perfect copy. Think of it as your master copy and remember that a DSP effect which may sound good to you now may not in a few months if your tastes change or if you have a hardware change which alters the overall sound. That is why DSP (if used at all) should be applied only to replay IMO.
BTW do remember to make two backups. Why two? If you only have one and something haappens like a drive failure and you need to use it then at that point you will have no backup and are vulnerable.
It depends on what you think sounds best to you.
I don't like to process the original recording so I choose not to use anything that would color the original recording.
The possibilities are endless however, it is up to you in terms of what you think sounds good.
Your player is excellent. If I had what you have I would be a purist and choose not to use DSP or any other type of processing.
I've ripped thousands and cannot recall using any optional DSP.
I thought using the HDCD effect might be beneficial since the dBpoweramp description for this effect states: "Auto detects HDCDs (20 bit High Definition Audio CDs) and decodes to 24 bit. It is safe to use this effect for non-HDCD Audio CDs (audio is left as 16 bit)."
Any thoughts about this?
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