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maxblues  882

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Audio file quality poll
« on: January 04, 2017, 10:02:03 pm »
Usually the mp3 section has the most downloads - but if you are searching for rarities and other special music, you'll find it rather in the lossless section. And more and more collectors turn to
High Resolution 24 bit audio - either as vinyl rips or as download/rip from a digital storage.






In this thread YOU can vote for your favourite audio format -
and YOU can discuss about it:
Which format you prefer and why.

« Last Edit: January 06, 2017, 03:27:05 pm by maxblues »

bunsy55  843

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Re: Audio file quality vote
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2017, 10:11:52 pm »
I prefer FLAC.  Mainly due to the fact I don't have the equipment to do justice to the 24 bit stuff yet.  :cry:

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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2017, 10:34:33 pm »
Yeah! Lossless and HiRes are the only acceptable formats to me. I don't understand why peers still use mp3 ... mp3's were okay in the days, when internet speed was slow and storage space expensive. But nowadays? Listen to mp3 with a better equipment, you'll hear the difference.
Concerning HiRes: yes you need an equipment - but you can promote for example the foobar2000 audio player with freeware plugins to a HiRes player on your PC .... together with a quality soundcard, amplifier & speakers. But even without the equipment: the HiRes boom motivates the music labels to release more and more high quality remasters from legendary recordings ... so even without the equipment, you can play the new remasters with a normal flac player.

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Re: Audio file quality vote
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2017, 10:49:28 pm »
For me FLAC seems to be the way to go - HiRes 24 bit - I haven't seen much of - or know much about?

Always wondered what the major difference is?

Gave up on mp3 and mp4 (switched to MKV or better...) a long time ago - storage space is so cheap now, a few extra MB or GB is well worth it :thumbsup:

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« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2017, 10:55:21 pm »
Voted FLAC as that's what I use for day to day listening as well as streaming on my home network, and have finally got through ripping all my old CDs into an organised FLAC collection. But although I don't really have the equipment to justify 24bit/hires, as others have said storage is cheap and there is great stuff in Maxblues' hires thread.

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« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2017, 11:14:57 pm »

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Re: Audio file quality vote
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2017, 11:19:13 pm »
Thanks Max. I'll check them out.  :thumbsup:

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Re: Audio file quality vote
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2017, 11:19:22 pm »
Loving FLAC, but listening to a lot of 320 kbps too.
(For non-digital : Vinyls > CD's in my opinion) :smiley:

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Re: Audio file quality vote
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2017, 11:24:08 pm »

As I see there is some interest in more info about HiRes audio .... so here are some links

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-resolution_audio

https://archimago.blogspot.co.at/2015/01/musings-what-is-value-of-high.html

Thanks Max - but can YOU actually notice any difference in sound quality between a good FLAC and 24 bit recording?

From mp3 to FLAC I can "usually" to "most often" tell - from FLAC to 24 bit - not sure if the difference is the same - (jump in noticeable sound quality) wise?

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Re: Audio file quality vote
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2017, 11:42:53 pm »
You are right, I know what you mean ... With some recordings I can hear a difference - but I really don't know, if it's the HiRes thing (24bit vs. 16bit) - or maybe the difference is because of the new remaster .... But the HiRes technology forces the labels to dig out the old master tapes from true masterworks and give them a high quality remaster .... so to me it's awesome! But of course the music industry charges much to high prices .... so that's why we are what we are  :pirate: :pirate: :pirate:

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« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2017, 12:05:23 am »
I have a lot of MP3 320 kbps but I voted FLAC because you can really hear the difference ! :)

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Re: Audio file quality vote
« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2017, 12:08:03 am »
what's to vote???FLAC all the way  :rock:

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« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2017, 05:01:43 am »
voted FLAC, i use it for my digital mixing. :thumbsup:

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« Reply #13 on: January 06, 2017, 05:13:59 am »
FLAC. I use it for my releases, and prefer lossless audio formats to all others. :thumbsup: That said, we've got a chip reader in our car, and it won't see lossless, so I feed it MP3s.

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Re: Audio file quality vote
« Reply #14 on: January 06, 2017, 05:31:37 am »
FLAC - sorry, have to give you some flac about it  :Mr.G: :Mr.G: