Oh dear! Has anyone tried transcoding with Minimserver?
You know that controversy about WAV files sounding better than FLACs? Well, this evening I was messing around with Minimserver and discovered it will transcode between different file formats.
OK. I thought. I'll give it a go. I'm transcoding between FLAC and WAV, and it seems to sound better (primarily at the bass end, but also more 'air' in some recordings). At first, I thought this was because I'd removed some of the load from the RPi (although the RPi is hardly stressed at all with audio playback), by offloading the FLAC decoding on to the NAS. But then I wondered if I was just hearing the purported differences between FLAC and WAV.