No dice. I burned a CD-R and compared it to the ripped tracks just to make sure they matched. I also matched the original CD to the ripped tracks and they matched. All of this was done on the same drive in the same G5 and compared over speakers then Grado headphones (which, BTW, SUCK...there's like a top end boost permanently set into them. When the tape hiss kicks in, you REALLY hear it.) Jacked up the volume just to be sure that top end matched.
So I brought home the original CD and the CD-R and popped them into a Panasonic CD player. After listening on headphones, I can tell they do NOT match. Switch to speakers, same deal. There's definitely more hiss or pink noise or whatever it is floating up there in the top end with the hi-hat notes sharp and sizzling.
So basically, the G5/iTunes/Sony drive set-up I have does NOT playback or rip the Toshiba ABBEY ROAD CD with the PE properly decoded.
Well, I guess if I can figure out a way for the G5 to read the CD in analog, that may do the trick, but I basically sacrifice sound quality for PE decoding, in which case what's the point? What you get is probably much worse than the regular CD currently available.
ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGH. Whatever, I've got the original. I'll just play that until the aluminum decays.
Last edited by MK
on Mon Apr 10, 2006 7:19 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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