I would guess that your one I assume 24/192 file that won’t stream may be corrupted. Can you play it directly from the hard drive through a computer without streaming? If not it is almost certainly corrupt. I had purchased an album with a couple of corrupt files on it a few years back from a reputable source. Turned out the files had been corrupted in the remastering process by the record label and hadn’t been caught. The company made good on it after I let them know about it.
In answer to your question about all files of the same bit rate/sample rate being “created equal” I’d say the answer is no. The sources for different album files may have been recorded & mastered vey differently originally and the software and/or process used to remaster the source to a higher rate may be different for different files. Different engineers doing the remastering may do it very differently. In addition the file may not actually be remastered from an analog source but simply be upsampled from a cd or other digital source. There are more than a few of those out there.
Thanks, Mario. In my haste to make a concise question, and even with Mr. Darko’s admirable editing, it was pretty sparse with information.
The file is on my iMac which I stream wirelessly to my Squeezebox Touch – old, but still chugging along. I found that it would not handle ALAC 24/192 files without hiccup until I converted them to AIFF (I’m using the 24/192 kernel extension with the Squeeebox). All were then fine, except for one file (Mahler 2/Fischer/Channel Classics). I suspected it might perhaps be corrupt so I downloaded the file again, replaced it, and still the same. It does play fine on my computer system.
My question was more in the vein of, are some HD files more “densely filled” with info than others of the same quality.
Thank you for your reply,
Compressed files like ALAC and FLAC take a lot more processing, actually a huge amount of processing. This is why flat files like AIFF and WAV/WAVb always sound better.
But I would agree with Mario that your one file is probably damaged some how. When you convert a file I always use Stephen Booth’s Max program. It can be found with others at sbooth.org
Sorry I misunderstood. I’ve used a Squeezebox Touch in the past to do the same thing except from a pc rather than a Mac and using Flac rather than Alac. As I remember the Touch was for lack of a better term ‘touchy’ about anything greater than 24/96. At the time I was using J River and I set it to downsample everything to not more than 24/96. Perhaps the issue is with the Touch, though it does seem strange it’s only doing it with one file. Have you asked about this on the Squeezebox Community forum?
Mario and Gordon,
Thank you both very much for weighing in on this. I, too, suspect that the file is somehow damaged, but it does play correctly on my computer system; however, I will re-download and try Max to convert the file (I normally use XLD).
The Touch is certainly long in the tooth and shy on processing power, but for now I need to live with it. I will post this question to the Squeezebox Community as well to see if anyone has an answer. I have a 24/96 copy of the file and it plays (and sounds) just fine (ChannelClassics is great about providing all rates of a musical selection when purchasing, and keeping them available for downloading any time after purchasing), and in the grand scheme of things this is a pretty minor issue. Just one of those weird, annoying little things that has me baffled 🙂