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post #31 of 34
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Originally Posted by dugforeva View Post
this is probably wrong, but I thought converting audiofiles (wav to mp3, flac to alac) somehow reduced the quality even if keeping the same bitrate size etc.. Maybe if instead of converting to alac if you reripped the source cd's straight to alac they would sound the same?
Lossless to lossless is perfectly safe, sound quality and audio data wise.
Lossless to lossy, and especially lossy to lossy, is not safe.
post #32 of 34
Try the same software with the different files. Some players are better than others! Yesterday I tried a 24/96khz flac file and compared 3 players, Play, Songbird and Plex. Was astounded at the differences, Play was easily the best. Great sounding but rather no-frills player. Anyway maybe it's itunes messing up playback of the ALAC..? Play and Songbird will both do FLAC and ALAC for comparison.
post #33 of 34
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Originally Posted by hammck View Post
Try the same software with the different files. Some players are better than others! Yesterday I tried a 24/96khz flac file and compared 3 players, Play, Songbird and Plex. Was astounded at the differences, Play was easily the best. Great sounding but rather no-frills player. Anyway maybe it's itunes messing up playback of the ALAC..? Play and Songbird will both do FLAC and ALAC for comparison.
To each to our own hearing capability, I couldn't tell any difference between flac/alac when played on Play/Songbird/iTunes in Mac OSX.

I was able to tell a slight better and rounded sound from Amarra, and that's not always revealing either.

But then, we all hear different things and our hearing abilities are different. So..
post #34 of 34
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Originally Posted by tosehee View Post
To each to our own hearing capability, I couldn't tell any difference between flac/alac when played on Play/Songbird/iTunes in Mac OSX.

I was able to tell a slight better and rounded sound from Amarra, and that's not always revealing either.

But then, we all hear different things and our hearing abilities are different. So..
Yes you're right, it is all quite subjective. I heard Play having more detail and definition with a larger (wider?) soundstage.

Anyway I just call like I hear it. I think I'm supposed to have clinical ears, I'm a conductor....!
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