After spending some time on searching what would be the best
quality sound file to convert my CD collection to (over 800 CDs)
I came to a point where I got a bit confused. Here is what I did.
Using the Easy CDDA Extractor software I converted one good
WAV recording of a jazz track into several different file format
like AAC 160kbt/s, FLAC, MP3 VBR 260kbt/s and compared them.
The original (WAV) file is 35.7Mb.
FLAC file 25.3Mb
MP3 VBR 260 6.58Mb
AAC 160 4.05Mb
Compared to the WAV the AAC size compression is almost 1:9
I transferred the files to an iPad3 (to an OPlayer HD app that plays
FLAC and other files) Connected an Etymotic ER-4 Pro monitor
ear phones and compared the files.
I did the comparison of all four files including the WAV original
but couldn't determine which one I was playing (cause I played
random and tried to guess the file type.)
Now the next step is to repeat the test with an International amp
connected to the amp via a LOD to 1/8 and LOD to mini USB and
hear if that will make a difference in sound quality on a Audeze
LCD2 connected to the amp via a balanced cable.
Will report soon.
My goal is simple - to rip my complete CD collection to a HD
(probably WAV format) and then convert it to a file format to
transfer all my favorite tracks to an iPod Classic (160Gb) and
be able to listen a best possible sound quality via the International
amp to balanced LCD2s...
Let me add that is important to me to have a good file type
not just for the best quality sound but to be able to group
files in playlists etc. Looking for an iPad player for FLAC, AAC
files that can do all that.
Any suggestions on file compression, player...? Please share...
Edited by Linea - 2/8/13 at 5:08pm