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Max generated FLAC not recognised by Pioneer BluRay

Posted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 11:06 pm
by kithaynes
My iTunes library files are in .m4a format. If I use Max to convert them to .mp3 they play ok through my Pioneer BDP-LX55 Blu Ray. However if I use Max to convert them to .flac format the BluRay player does not recognise them. Pioneer handbook says it can play .flac files. Any suggestions?

Re: Max generated FLAC not recognised by Pioneer BluRay

Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 4:15 am
by mattn
You are saying "Max-generated FLAC" but you haven't proved which of those terms is the issue. You need to separate the terms. So make a FLAC from the very same files using some other application (such as xACT or XLD, or even flac at the command line) and see if your device plays that. If it can't, FLAC is the problem: the device can't play FLAC files after all (or at least not all FLAC files). If it can, Max is the problem; the question would then be why this FLAC (made by Max) is different from that FLAC (made by the other application) - but let's cross that bridge when we come to it.

Re: Max generated FLAC not recognised by Pioneer BluRay

Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 8:39 am
by kithaynes
Hi, thanks for quick and logical response. Created a .flac file from same source using XLD and got same "Audio format not recognised" message. I guess my next step is to talk to Pioneer and failing a satisfactory answer to revert to using "best" compression MP3 format. Thanks for your time.

Re: Max generated FLAC not recognised by Pioneer BluRay

Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 9:09 am
by RonaldPR
There appears to be a lot of discussion on the internet about whether or not the Pioneer BDP-LX55 supports FLAC playback. A new firmware update (3.11) was released by Pioneer only days ago. Maybe that update solves the issue.

Re: Max generated FLAC not recognised by Pioneer BluRay

Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:00 pm
by kithaynes
Hi, thanks for letting me know about the download. I updated my Pioneer player today. No doubt it fixed a problem I was unaware of but unfortunately FLAC files still don't play. This is probably an unnecessary quest but the purist in me says FLAC must be better than MP3. Truth is I probably couldn't tell the difference.

Re: Max generated FLAC not recognised by Pioneer BluRay

Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:30 am
by RonaldPR
In MP3 information is lost and MP3 artifacts may be audible, depending on the kind of music, your audio equipment, and your ears. For playback MP3 is usually sufficient, most people will never hear the difference with high bit rates like 256 or 230 kbit/s, but for archival purposes lossless is certainly better.