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    wrongun92's Avatar Love Life BT Rep: +8BT Rep +8
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    It seems a lot of people are into flac music. I have read rave reviews about flac format. So I decided to download some myself and test out how true this was.

    I really did not see much difference if at all between flac and mp3 vbr 192. Perhaps, it was the source of the flac but it seemed genuine enough. Perhaps, i need to download more of the flac format and my specific download did not do justice to this rave format.

    What do you feel about this?

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    The quality of sound depends on much more than the quality of rip and encoding.

    You need to take into account your speakers, listening device, sound card, etc.

    If those devices are not up to par, then indeed you will not tell any difference.



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    FLAC is what you want if you're burning cd's but for general listening I get V0 rips.

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    definitely flac has more quality than mp3 but it depend on ripping

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave12 View Post
    definitely flac has more quality than mp3 but it depend on ripping

    FLAC or MP3 is the result of the ripping.



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    The FLAC vs MP3 conversation is an ignorant one. Even if you don't believe that FLAC sounds better (which it does, and I'd bet a large sum of money the people who think it doesn't don't have the components to make that claim), it's an archival codec before anything else. You use it to keep perfect copies of CDs so that you don't need to disturb your physical media. From FLAC you can transcode to any of the lossy codecs and maintain the maximum amount of quality. You cannot transcode from lossy to lossy without a significant degradation in the file. Should some advanced lossy codec emerge in the future, you can still use those FLAC archives to convert to that, instead of being stuck with a lossy library technically inferior to the new codec. Take iterations of LAME: archive all your files in one generation of the codec and you're stuck with it.




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    People who wish to debate this subject, I usually send off to listen to a good acoustic song or album.

    Jack Johnson's "Taylor" is a great one.



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    My epiphany song was Cyann & Ben - Guilty. The cymbals, the bass..




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    If your a casual listener of music, i doubt you'll even tell the remote difference of V0 from FLAC.

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    My source was Linkin Park and I listened in winamp and my earphones are pretty good

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