Hello Head-Fi community,
I have an important matter to discuss. Well important to me anyway. I moved up from standard iPod earphones (you know, the white type that come with every iPod) to a set of Koss KSC75 for 25 Euro's.
This turned out to be an immediate and complete turnaround in listening experience. I heard details I had not heard before and I was a happy man. Then the evil stepped in: with this set of earphones, I was to be able to set apart MP3's from uncompressed audio like FLAC.
So I set out on comparing some MP3's and FLAC songs of the same album: The seeds of love by Tears for Fears. It's one of my all time favourites, especially Badman's song. To get the FLAC on my iPod classic, I had to reformat it to Apple Lossless format. I used Max v. 0.9.2 by sbooth.org to do the conversion, imported it all in iTunes, synced to my iPod and started the session.
[Edit: I apologise, I must have used Max for a bunch of other songs, but not for this one. I can't find the Tears for Fears FLACs anywhere on my hard drive, so I suppose I converted directly from CD to Apple Lossles while importing the CD into iTunes]
It was torture. I decided to do it blindfolded and when I listened to song A i thought it sounded very rich and detailed, accurate and warm. Then I listened to song B and I thought it was dull and flat compared to song A. I was absolutely convinced that A was the Lossless version and B was the MP3, but I was wrong! How can this be? I've been a happy audiophile for over 25 years when it comes to high end amps, speakers, thorens turntable etc. How can I not get this right? The worst is yet to come. It is a 128 MP3. Not 320. Not 256. 128.
I need some help here. Am I doing something wrong in the conversion in Max? Anything else I overlooked?
Thanks in advance.
Edited by FlatListener - 2/4/13 at 3:15pm