[Flac-dev] FLAC is dead?

Declan Kelly flac-dev at groov.ie
Mon Jan 10 13:38:54 PST 2011

On Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 12:54:35PM -0800, brianw at sounds.wa.com wrote:

> Fortunately, FLAC is free.  It cannot be priced out of the market.

But companies like Apple can refuse to support it, out of "Not Invented
Here" ass-headedness. Companies like Denon (and actually all of the CDJ
manufacturers) don't have the excuse of having their own formats to
promote: Pioneer have a CDJ deck that can play CDDA or files on CD discs
or files from attached USB mass storage device or SD card, but it can't
play FLAC even though it's royalty-free and relatively easy to support.
It can play MP3 and WAV and AAC, but not FLAC.
Denon's excuse (on their own support forum) is that maybe there might be
some kind of lawsuit in the future, and they don't want to support FLAC
and not have their asses covered against some vaguely possible future
threat. So do all the hand-waving you want, Denon, you're not getting
any of my money!

> Speaking of ripping vinyl to FLAC, I would expect that a belt drive  
> would be better than direct drive.

There's a common misconception that direct drive == bad, due to many
cheap and nasty DD decks in the late 1970s or early 1980s from "also
ran" vendors who wanted a DD deck in their product ranges. The motor
used in the 1200/1210 decks is a very close relative of the Technics
SP10 that most vinyl cutting lathes use.

With a modest investment in hardware mods, you can turn a stock 1210 or
1200 into an audiophile deck for not a lot of money (on the audiophile
spending scale).

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