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Edoardo
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Edoardo posted on Sat, Apr 12 2014 7:21 PM

When I purchased the device, decided to complete it with the cd ripper, no obstain the Beosound 5 looks better without it....

That's because I had so many CD's to rip (more than 2,000).

utilizing this device through monts, I realized its poor quality, in details:

1 - to go faster, I started ripping the CD's using both the B&O CD ripper and my PC, using Windows  Media Player; I inmediately noted that the PC was faster and more accurate: the time required by the CD ripper to rip a CD was about the doble than the time requested by the PC. Furthermore I started ripping with the PC those CD's  the Beosound 5 /CD ripper was not able to find titles and covers. Quite all the CD's who the Beosound 5 was not able to find titles and covers, the PC was successful.

I was very surprised with that.....

But that's not all: after ripping about 700 CD's, the CD ripper was broken and it was replaced in guarantee. Even the second ripper was broken after ripping about 500 CD's. The last CD ripped was blocked inside the ripper and only the B&O assistance got to extract it from the ripper, dismounting it completely. Please note that I never used the CD ripper for hours continuously; I always used it on lunch-time and sometimes in the evenings. So I decided to replace it no more.

Definitively this device is something that doesn't worth the money requested, and nothing in line with the high-quality level a B&O device is supposed to be.

 

 

 

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Millemissen
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Thanks for your report.

You could - if you still want to do 'experiments' - connect an external cd-rip drive (of your choice) directly to the USB-port on the BM5.

MM

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DoubleU
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If you’re at the point with starting to rip a huge collection, don’t go with the B&O route at all.

B&O’s CD-ripper only rips in 320-mp3 or WMA lossless. 

  • 320-mp3 might be good enough for most users, future proof for the next decades, but while you’re at it, why not start with a lossless format. You want the best quality and never have to regret later why you did choose for a lossy format.
  • WMAL is a proprietary format that is dying and won’t get much hardware support in the future. Even B&O’s latter products won’t support WMAL, so sooner or later, you have to convert again. That’s not what you want, especially with a 2000+ album collection.

So my advice is to start a ’future proof’ workflow. Choose whatever method you feel comfortable with, but always end with a non proprietary format: FLAC

 

I think we can say by now FLAC is the best universal format to choose from.

Millemissen
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I totally agree with DoubleU on that - if you want to play from a BS/BM5.

MM

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Edoardo
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Thanks, but I don't want to make more experiments.

Now I have all my CD's collections stored into the Beomaster 5 (and a backup on an external HD). Now the work is over, but it was hard, and the B&O CD ripper surely did not help me with that.

And to rip the CD's I will buy (until they will exist) I will use Windows Media Player.

Salutes

Edoardo
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Hello,

what you said is so interesting....

Now I have my complete CD's collection stored into the Beomaster 5 (All in WMA format).

When this format will be no longer supported, I hope to get to convert all the files in the new format with a simple software....

If I understood, I could convert all my files in FLAC format right now, isn't it?

Thank you for your advice

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edo69:

Now I have my complete CD's collection stored into the Beomaster 5 (All in WMA format).

When this format will be no longer supported, I hope to get to convert all the files in the new format with a simple software....

If I understood, I could convert all my files in FLAC format right now, isn't it?

Foobar2000 (free Windows software) will do that for you hygienically in batch mode without too much clicking around.

--mika

Edoardo
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Great!

Beobuddy
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Just a question.

Does flac support the id-tag which mp3 and wma has? For some time ago it didn't. So any progression about that?

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