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post #1 of 38
Thread Starter 

hello head fiers

 

after listening to flac files for a while i came to discover

that not every album i download is of similar sound quality

why is this?

 

is there a particular thing to look out for when downloading

flac files , how can you tell if they are good quality or not?

 

there are some albums which sound amazing for instance

pink floyd dark side of the moon, kings of leon .

 

so,, is there anywhere that you guys know of where

i can get quality consistant flac music ? would be much

appriciated guys ......

 

 

thanks again guys for taking the time out to help

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post #2 of 38

There are some differences between compression but nothing to really worry about. You could always rip your own cds instead of downloading them.

post #3 of 38
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Originally Posted by Nicholasheadfi2 View Post

[...]

is there a particular thing to look out for when downloading

flac files , how can you tell if they are good quality or not?

[...]

so,, is there anywhere that you guys know of where

i can get quality consistant flac music ? would be much

appriciated guys ......

 

A FLAC file is simply a losslessly compressed copy of some audio. Being inside a FLAC file doesn't say anything about whether that audio sounds good or not. The same is true of CD's: Some sound really good. Some don't.

 

No, the only way to know about "quality" is to know the audio's source, take somebody's word for it, or to listen to the FLAC file and hear for yourself.

post #4 of 38

The diffs are most likely not in the audio file quality but rather the production quality of each album

post #5 of 38
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

The diffs are most likely not in the audio file quality but rather the production quality of each album

Agree with this mostly, but there is a situation out there in the grand Internet where people actually rip FLAC files from mp3's, not a CD Redbook equivalent.  If you download "freebies," there's always the potential that they may have ripped the FLAC from something not so virgin as the original CD.

post #6 of 38
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Originally Posted by tomb View Post

Agree with this mostly, but there is a situation out there in the grand Internet where people actually rip FLAC files from mp3's, not a CD Redbook equivalent.  If you download "freebies," there's always the potential that they may have ripped the FLAC from something not so virgin as the original CD.

While this is true, in this case I would bet money on OP figuring out good and bad recordings / productions.

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post #7 of 38
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Originally Posted by tomb View Post

Agree with this mostly, but there is a situation out there in the grand Internet where people actually rip FLAC files from mp3's, not a CD Redbook equivalent.  If you download "freebies," there's always the potential that they may have ripped the FLAC from something not so virgin as the original CD.

 

Reading "FLAC files from mp3's" made me cringe, a whole lot... haha

 

OP, what particular albums sound "bad" to you?  And what is your current listening setup?

post #8 of 38
Thread Starter 
My current set up is
Rockboxed iPod classic 6gen
Shure se535
P51 mustang amp

What I mean is that the albums that sound amazing is
Every michael Jackson album I downloaded via torrent
Pink floyd albums the most popular ones which I am guessing
That everybody knows what ones ... Sure class ..

The ones that don't even come close are things like
Most soul albums like rkelly , Mary j bilge, dr dre
And the prince album purple rain which I love
But it's so lifeless no adjustment will correct it for me.

Got 3 versions and they all sound the same .
So what you guys are saying is that it's a matter
Of how the album was produced ....

Can't beleive people rip mp3 files
Into flac it's a dam outrage that's
Proberbly why some of my albums
Sound so bad ....

Thanks guys think I know what's
Going on now ...... And there is no way of knowing
Before I download the album ?

Thanks guys ....
Edited by Nicholasheadfi2 - 1/27/13 at 8:32am
post #9 of 38

Like someone already mentioned, you never really know if it's "genuine flac" until you listen to it, production quality important as well. 

I have some flac dubstep music, and I can confirm that not all of the tracks sound good, some of them sound more like an 192kbps MP3.

post #10 of 38
Thread Starter 
Thanks mate
I beleive this is the case for some albums
What a major difference tho ......
Do you know of master audio flac ?
What's the difference ?
post #11 of 38
Get the CD and rip it to FLAC yourself. That's the only way to ensure that you are getting a quality file.
post #12 of 38

There are all kinds of variables at play, since FLAC/digital files are most likely not the primary source.  Whether or not it was ripped from CD or vinyl makes a difference in sound, in addition to mastering as already mentioned.  CD sounds cleaner, less abrasive, while with vinyl to flac you can hear artifacts from the record that could be distracting, or at worst resonance coming from someone's turntable setup.  But with vinyl rips you get that full bodied round sound, with a bit of punch that most people like, despite vinyl's drawbacks.  To go even further, the person's turntable, needle, and receiver can effect the outcome of sound in FLAC.  I'm manually going through multiple copies from various sources until I find one I can live with some albums.  It takes a lot more time and leg work, but it's better than being at the mercy of whatever I happen to get or have.  There is no shortcut unless you get it from a credible source from the start.

post #13 of 38

Even if you are not talking about lossless Flac but CD. Different CD sounds different quality because there are different recording and probably the recording was bad for some album. Garbage in garbage out.

post #14 of 38
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Originally Posted by Nicholasheadfi2 View Post

My current set up is
Rockboxed iPod classic 6gen
Shure se535
P51 mustang amp
 

 

Very nice portable rig.  biggrin.gif

 

Keep in mind that many newer albums are deliberately mixed with distortion and clipping built-in.  Look into the loudness war..

 

I wouldn't mention the 't' word again, you might get in trouble around here..

post #15 of 38

after listening to flac files for a while i came to discover

that not every album i download is of similar sound quality

why is this?

 

is there a particular thing to look out for when downloading

flac files , how can you tell if they are good quality or not?

 

Spectral analysis is an excellent way to check to see if the copy you have isn't really an .mp3 or some other nonsense under a different name.

 

http://www.whatinterviewprep.com/prepare-for-the-interview/spectral-analysis/


Edited by Tus-Chan - 1/27/13 at 5:21pm
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