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  1. #11
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    Default Re: I'm digitizing all my CD's - best way to listen to them?

    Ah - an oldie.

    I committed to roon and completed this project after the start of covid. I sold the Nimbie for near what I paid for it so I was happy about that.

    I run Roon ROCK on an old IBM NUC. It has a small 128 GB SSD for the database. But the music is on a synology NAS. Probably about 50,000 files. I also use QuBoz for streaming stuff I don't own.

    For end points, I bought a few Blusound speakers for around the house. But my main system has a HiFiberry streamer. I don't see much value in expensive streamers and glad I didn't go that way. The hifiberry cost me < $175 and compares favorably to listening to music in my music studio through Genelecs and an RME interface.

    I disagree about lossless vs compressed formats as space is so cheap. And I can tell when mp3's come up vs newer rips. But they're a mix of quality, esp if they're from the napster days.

    Overall I'm pretty happy with the setup but Roon did not do a very good job of grouping compilations and I need to probably go through and fix some meta data to straighten them out.

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    Default Re: I'm digitizing all my CD's - best way to listen to them?

    I also run Roon/ROCK on an Intel NUC. Lifetime subscription.

    I use a RaspberryPi 4 running Roon Bridge on VitOS into two different DACs.

    Currently have Tidal and Qobuz subscriptions. My local library is all FLAC.

    I love the setup and music at my fingertips!
    -curtis

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    Default Re: I'm digitizing all my CD's - best way to listen to them?

    Quote Originally Posted by Blingleberry View Post

    I disagree about lossless vs compressed formats as space is so cheap. And I can tell when mp3's come up vs newer rips. But they're a mix of quality, esp if they're from the napster days.
    Not all MP3’s are the same even if they are similarly sized in bitrate. There are some CRAPPY MP3 files floating around.

    If encoded properly (as I described, an error-free rip to .wav file followed by LAME encoder at higher than V2 setting), your ear won’t be able to tell the difference compared to a hi-res 192kHz/24-bit original. It follows that a CD quality wav is indistinguishable from a 192kHz/24-bit digital master version of the same file. What matters is the recording/master quality. You can learn more from the guys at HydrogenAudio.

    One of the members mentioned that he uses a Eugene Rufollo song as a test track for speaker demo’s as the details on the guitar strings tests the tweeter. I own this album (from Stockfisch records… and all modern recordings (mostly folk and acoustic) from Stockfisch are done with painstaking detail to reproduce high quality sound), but the MP3 I ripped is indistinguishable from the original.

    You should try an ABX test at home. But as you said, drive space is cheap… until you start pushing thousands to tens of thousands of albums in FLACs.


    Curtis and I are kindred spirits. I run Roon Server on an Intel NUC. Because it’s a modern NUC it does not support Roon Rock. I’m have Raspberry Pi4 running into DACs.
    Last edited by bkdc; 06-17-2022 at 09:14 AM.

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    Default Re: I'm digitizing all my CD's - best way to listen to them?

    I have a 24TB NAS so I'm not running low on space any time soon. LOL.

    I feel like I can hear the diff even between good MP3's - such as when I'm mixing/mastering my own music and am listening super closely, switching between genelecs, auratones or headphones. I make MP3's when I share stuff with my friends using Lame as it's what Reaper uses.

    It could be mental bias but since I have the space I don't worry about it. And since I started my whole effort to redigitize my cd's from scratch 2 years ago, it made sense to use flac or alac as my goal was to then get them out of the house and maybe sell or donate them.

    My only problems with Roon, other than the occasional crash or stopping, is really two things:

    1) I don't think it handled my Compilations very well. I need to look into that further.

    2) my old MP3's were a bit of a mess as over the years itunes or attempts to fix the tags just propagated problems.

    I tried songkong and other tools many many times and feel like I wasted months of my life trying to get the tags right. So I gave it my best shot last year and then just focused on reripping my CD's and starting fresh.

    So I have folders setup like this and let Roon pick the higher quality files when there are dupes. Although I should probably delete the older mp3's that are dupes.

    j:\music\olditunes
    j:\music\lossless

    If I deleted the lower fidelity dupes and cleaned up the compilations, I'd be happier with roon. But that's a project that will have to wait!

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    Default Re: I'm digitizing all my CD's - best way to listen to them?

    I find that it’s more a question of recording technique/mastering than sampling.

    I was introducing my 3 1/2 year old daughter to IEM’s (got a good fit with small Spinfits) and played Taylor Swift back to back with Sara K. (Made in the Shade album from Stockfisch records). Both are MP3’s encoded in identical manner (as I previously described). The difference could not be so stark. Crappy compressed sound quality from Taylor Swift’s album in contrast to a beautifully recorded uncompressed Sara K in audiophile glory with string plucking details and all. But Taylor Swift’s songs are meant to be listened to by the general public while walking around Manhattan with AirPods or in a noisy car…. Given a background noise of 60-70dB in the car, you are compressing the remaining audible music in a dynamic range of 20 to 30dB. Sara K’s album is for people listening in a quiet home environment.

    I can highly recommend Made in the Shade and her other album Hell or High Water as audiophile audition albums.
    Last edited by bkdc; 06-17-2022 at 09:24 AM.

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    Default Re: I'm digitizing all my CD's - best way to listen to them?

    Quote Originally Posted by bkdc View Post


    Curtis and I are kindred spirits. I run Roon Server on an Intel NUC. Because it’s a modern NUC it does not support Roon Rock. I’m have Raspberry Pi4 running into DACs.
    Have you checked lately? How modern? Gen 10 NUCs are now supported.
    -curtis

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    Default Re: I'm digitizing all my CD's - best way to listen to them?

    Quote Originally Posted by curtis View Post
    Have you checked lately? How modern? Gen 10 NUCs are now supported.
    I'm Gen 11. There is no legacy boot mode on the newer nucs. I was tired of waiting for Roon to release a new OS version. Decided to just run Roon Server it in the background of Windows 11 and use the same NUC for web surfing in my family area.

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    Default Re: I'm digitizing all my CD's - best way to listen to them?

    Quote Originally Posted by bkdc View Post
    I'm Gen 11. There is no legacy boot mode on the newer nucs. I was tired of waiting for Roon to release a new OS version. Decided to just run Roon Server it in the background of Windows 11 and use the same NUC for web surfing in my family area.
    Got it.
    I have a gen 8 and ROCK has been incredibly solid/reliable for me.

    I thought the new OS was going to be available a while ago.
    Last edited by curtis; 06-24-2022 at 08:55 AM.

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