I was reorganizing my music library and came across a double album (two rips of the same record).
one was ripped to .wav files, the other to .flac files. these were not my rips. I cannot remember for sure how or where I got them from, which means I don't have the CDs.
anyway, as I was going to discard one, I gave both album a listen just to make sure they sounded fine. to my surprise they sounded different. quite a difference.
I doubt this has to do with the different format. I included the back covers of each CD within the zip file. if you notice they're different form one another, also at the beginning of one song there's a count of one to four; on the other there isn't.
I'm assuming the CDs were mastered by different studios, and possibly at different times. I don't know. if that's the case it's pretty shocking that a mastering studio can have such an influence on the sound of the original recording.
maybe someone here has an explanation for this.
[edit: album in question]
Edited by Lenni - 2/20/13 at 6:29pm