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    Join Date: Mar 2017

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    I'm Colin.

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    Can someone suggest a simple cost effective method of transfering my cd collection to a hard drive?. I want to ditch the cd player and stream. I stopped using Apple itunes sometime ago &now use samsung phone & tablet.
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    laptop/pc etc and jriver program will do it all.
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    Depends on how many CDs you want to transfer. If it's "only" a few hundred, then a PC with a CD reader with a suitable ripper will do the job.

    If you have many CDs - say more than a few thousand - there are firms which will do it.
    Relatively few computers now have inbuilt CD players, but earlier Apple kit - such as Mac Minis and iMacs did. Those can rip a CD in a couple of minutes, and may even work in background mode, so it's possible to do around 20 CDs per hour.

    Something like this might do - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/353435478...Cclp%3A2047675

    However getting the model year right is important - I'm not sure which was the last iMac to have a drive. Seems it might have been 2011 - which would perhaps mean that a Mac Mini would be the best option. Actually it looks as though they last had CD drives around 2010-11 too, so no better. Otherwise one would have to rely on external CD drives.

    Some 2nd hand models are/were less reliable, and some have drive failures - so if one even thinks of looking at this as a viable route, make sure that the drive is in good working order.
    Dave

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    Don't know your budget but I recommend considering this :
    https://www.audioaffair.co.uk/blog/i...and-cd-ripper/

    I have not heard one but am going on what a good friend has told me he upgraded to from a Bluesound Node 2. He claims a nice allover improvement. One of his statements was "Shit this thing's good"

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    thanks all

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    your likely to be disappointed unless your cd is particularly poor......Ive added a streamer but mainly to access new music not listen to old stuff I already own. I actual fact Ive two streamers one that part of the Nord easystream connect dac ..and the other part of my sony hapz1es ..so these cover the 300 to 2k price range ....both in streamer mode do not get to the sound quality stored flac files. The nord spanks the dac in my artera play so its not as if my equipment is letting the streaming down !

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    If you have a PC or laptop with a CD/DVD reader, then using a CD Ripper in a program such like dBPoweramp (https://www.dbpoweramp.com) works well. I did this for my CD collection (aprrox 500 CDs). It takes a while, but you can set your CD ripping, and get on with something else - each CD will take a 'few' minutes. I rip to FLAC files.

    Not that difficult.

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    Geoff

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    "FLAC do not sound as good as uncompressed WAV files. As it turns out, there is more than one cause underlying this sound quality (SQ) discrepancy. We believe that the magnitude of these losses are significant enough to be of some concern to providers of music downloads, streaming services, and the end consumer. For audio enthusiasts,"

    https://www.hificritic.com/uploads/2..._05__fi… PDF file

    I remember seeing a demo which compared the sound left over when a FLAC file was subtracted from a WAV file. The discarded sound from the compressed FLAC file was significant and enough to make me copy only into WAV files using a program called Exact Audio Copy EAC.
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    ive never heard any difference. if you do then fine
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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    ive never heard any difference. if you do then fine
    The only problem is that having copied all your CDs into FLAC files you cannot go back if your system changes result in the ability to hear the difference.
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