Basically I want to convert my music collection which is on CDs to a lossless format, most likely FLAC. Create my play-lists and be able to listen to them through my Onkyo Surround Sound system.
Just a suggestion...here's what I did. I have about 400 CDs.
I wanted to store them in a lossless format, since storage is cheap and I wanted no quality loss.
I went with WAV format, since it is the raw PCM data in the CD Audio file with a wrapper on each end.
I used RealPlayer 10.5 since I already had it (available at oldversion.com) and I found that it quickly converts the CDA files into WAV, AND despite WAV not supporting ID3 tagging, builds a nice database of your library, by going and grabbing artist/album/track information, etc. It also has a built-in file renamer, which I used to rename all of my 3200 WAV tracks to the format "Artist - Song Name.wav"
I set up Firefly with a playlist called "My CD Collection" of all of my WAV files for when I want to only listen to uncompressed music as opposed to my MP3s. Works great.
I like this approach better than converting CDA to FLAC, then have Firefly transcode FLAC back to WAV. Seems like unnecessary conversions since the SoundBridge supports WAV natively. The only advantage I can see with FLAC is less storage required plus tagging, but again, storage is so cheap. However, I'm not sure of the value of FLAC tagging nor what happens to FLAC tags when Firefly transcodes FLAC to WAV for use with a SoundBridge.
BTW, I have an M1001 and an M1000. I listened for noise with the M1001 and I could not detect anything. I wonder if the whole noise thing was an issue with early-build M1001s and/or if more is made of the 48KHz sampling than is warranted.