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I've been using XDA (on my Mac) to convert all of my FLAC files to Apple Lossless, so that I could play them with big music players like iTunes.

Now that I will have my first audiophile phones (Sennheiser HD598), would re-downloading the original FLACs benefit me?

 

I could easily use a program such as VLC, or something similar..

post #2 of 10

Lossless should be lossless; quality should be equal. Anything genuinely hearable difference would be astounding - most people can't tell the difference between 320kbs mp3 and any sort of lossless, so to hear the differences between two lossless codecs would be astounding.

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Okay thanks.

I've been told that in ANY digital conversion, there is always a loss in quality, but, after what you said, I doubt it's one I would notice

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Data loss in digital conversion only occurs when lossy codecs are used, since they each have their own form of compressing and removing data from an audio file. Since lossless is ripped bit-for-bit and no data loss occurs during the compression, they can be converted with the exact same condition.

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Awesome, that's what I needed to hear.

Thanks Diablo.

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Fun experiment: Take a WAV file (uncompressed lossless audio format) and convert it to FLAC (compressed lossless audio format). Now convert it back to WAV. The file size before and after will be identical. You can even go form Wav to Flac then ALAC and back to WAV and you’ll still have an identical file. The reason, as Diablosbud says, is because lossless formats are exactly that, lossless. Aside from application/hardware compatibility, FLAC and ALAC are functionally identical.
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Originally Posted by chimmycham View Post

Okay thanks.

I've been told that in ANY digital conversion, there is always a loss in quality, but, after what you said, I doubt it's one I would notice

 

Between non-lossy digital formats, no.

post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 

I'm probably going to buy a Fiio E17, unless one of you could suggest something that would make a better pair with my Sennheiser HD 598s..

post #9 of 10
Lockerton UHA-6S mk.II would be worth a look. Pairs well with a lot of things.
post #10 of 10

Converting to Apple Lossless is fine.

 

File will still be "lossless".

 

I recommend using dBpoweramp.

 

Tim

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