Nirvana for iPod Audiophiles

By Loyd Case  |  Posted 2006-06-09 Print this article Print

Loyd continues his quest for audiophile quality digital audio, checking out several wireless digital media players. Can he find audio perfection over 802.11?

Right now, my digital audio collection consumes a total of about 110 gigabytes. That number is a bit deceptive, as its really two identical collections—one ripped in Windows Media Lossless format, the other in Apple Lossless. The collection currently consists of 106 CDs ripped from my collection, with about another 60 or so to go. Given that I have disk space to burn, this isnt that onerous. Even ripping a CD twice doesnt really take much time. Why rip into two competing formats? It does sound silly on the surface, but its my way of ensuring that somehow, Ill be able to play that content in full fidelity, on my home audio systems. I wrote about the challenges of being an
Lets check out several ways to get music stored with lossless compression from a hard drive to a home audio system, with no, attached.
Read the full story on ExtremeTech: Audiophile iTunes Nirvana
Loyd Case came to computing by way of physical chemistry. He began modestly on a DEC PDP-11 by learning the intricacies of the TROFF text formatter while working on his master's thesis. After a brief, painful stint as an analytical chemist, he took over a laboratory network at Lockheed in the early 80's and never looked back. His first 'real' computer was an HP 1000 RTE-6/VM system.

In 1988, he figured out that building his own PC was vastly more interesting than buying off-the-shelf systems ad he ditched his aging Compaq portable. The Sony 3.5-inch floppy drive from his first homebrew rig is still running today. Since then, he's done some programming, been a systems engineer for Hewlett-Packard, worked in technical marketing in the workstation biz, and even dabbled in 3-D modeling and Web design during the Web's early years.

Loyd was also bitten by the writing bug at a very early age, and even has dim memories of reading his creative efforts to his third grade class. Later, he wrote for various user group magazines, culminating in a near-career ending incident at his employer when a humor-impaired senior manager took exception at one of his more flippant efforts. In 1994, Loyd took on the task of writing the first roundup of PC graphics cards for Computer Gaming World -- the first ever written specifically for computer gamers. A year later, Mike Weksler, then tech editor at Computer Gaming World, twisted his arm and forced him to start writing CGW's tech column. The gaming world -- and Loyd -- has never quite recovered despite repeated efforts to find a normal job. Now he's busy with the whole fatherhood thing, working hard to turn his two daughters into avid gamers. When he doesn't have his head buried inside a PC, he dabbles in downhill skiing, military history and home theater.

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