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Re: Ripping CD's - Mac vs. Windows
said by robbin:At both his summer & winter homes, but he needs non-visual access to the collection as he's blind. said by MaynardKrebs:
A friend of mine is blind. He wants me to get his 600+ CD collection onto some sort of easy-to-use device (Apple iPod/iPad or some other similar sort of device). Since he's an audiophile as well, I want to ensure that whatever I do to rip the music results in the best quality for the playback device we choose.
said by MaynardKrebs:
Portable Playback Devices
Are there specific playback devices you'd recommend that are:
a) easy to use for someone without sight (ie. respond to voice control)?
b) Offer better output sound quality (lower distortion)?
I'm a little confused. Is the goal to have your friend have access to his collection at home in near audiophile quality or to have his whole collection available to him on a portable device when traveling?
OK -- the reason I was asking is that the iPad can stream high-resolution audio from iTunes to an external DAC using the camera kit. Evidently it can do this to any external powered USB DAC but here is an in-depth article regarding the DAC1 ($1000 Audiophile DAC). Note that to get highest resolution, the device must stream. So it seems like a laptop computer with all audio ripped to ALAC (Apple Lossless) with an iPad and your friend has high end audio with the user friendliness of Siri and iTunes.
"Using this adaptor, the iPad can transparently stream high-resolution digital audio to the USB input of DAC1 converters. Even more remarkable, the iPad is able to wirelessly stream a 96-kHz, 24-bit audio file via Wi-Fi without losing sonic quality. (Wireless streaming is achieved using iTunes 'Home Sharing' - a mechanism that enables media to be streamed between multiple devices on a common Wi-Fi network...)
This revelation is very exciting for many reasons. This setup has no sonic degradation or tradeoffs. Setup is instantaneous, and requires no drivers. It is a low-cost alternative to buying another computer to act as a music server. And now, with the recent announcement of Apples iCloud, the capabilities of this setup will expand to encompass more of your media experience.
Sonically speaking, this setup will stand up to even the most discerning audiophile scrutiny..."
Basically this eliminates the need to convert to a lossy format and should allow playback as your friend has experienced with his CD collection previously. Note that it is capable of streaming up to 96 kHz, 24 bits which is much higher than CD quality!
If you want something more portable, then Studio Six Digital makes a portable, battery powered DAC for $399 which uses the 30 pin connector. This would be great for a headphone setup I think.
ArthurSWatch Those Blinking LightsPremium
I have and use both of these, and can attest to the high quality of both. The Benchmark is in a league of it's own for DAC's, however you need to plug it into the wall for power. The headphone amps are absolutely stellar, plus it hooks into a stereo via balanced or unbalanced analog connections. The iAudioInterface2 is battery powered, and the headphone amp they put inside it is excellent in quality.
This is great information - thanks guys.