Encouraged by John Walkenbach’s recommendation, I ordered a wireless music system for my PC last week from NewLink.ca (through eBay). It’s a brand new fully guaranteed product with a 2-year warranty, so it’s good. It should arrive sometime this week. J-Walk said:
Just plug a small transmitter into a USB port on your computer. Then place the receiver unit near your stereo system and plug it into the AUX jacks. Voila! Wireless music from your computer… It took about five minutes to set up, and it worked perfectly with no fiddling around. The sound quality is excellent. No noise, no interference. It even includes a little remote control so you can pause, skip to the next song, or mute the volume.
That sounds great to me for all kinds of reasons.
Realizing I’d now be able to listen to my MP3s on a good sound system (as opposed to my PC speakers), I decided to re-encode all my CDs at a higher bitrate. The old bitrate was 128kpbs. The new one is a CD-quality VBR (anywhere between 192kbps and 320kbps). I’m using Audiograbber to rip and normalize each track to 98%. (CDex is a good ripper, too, but it has a bug that doesn’t react well with my CPU.)
Although the volume of each track is set to 98%, inevitably some of them will play back too quiet or too loud. Can anyone recommend a Winamp plug-in or a player that automatically normalizes all the tracks during playback? (One that does so without compromising sound quality — not easy to find.) The ideal normalizer, which probably doesn’t exist, wouldn’t “process” the sound at all, but would allow the user to simply save the best volume setting for any track that needs adjustment. That’s the dream.