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post #16 of 24
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And between a 320k and a flac is a very big difference in term of quality of the sound?

 

it depends on how well the source material is to begin with and how well it is ripped.I have heard some FLAC files that sounded worse than 320s,and then I have heard FLAC files that take my breath away and make me question why I settled for MP3s for so long.

However since youre an Apple user FLAC files wont work.You will need to convert FLAC to ALAC to get them to work w/ an Iphone,and you will not be able to use any file above CD quality as Apple device will only support CD quality,and will not support 24/96 or 24/192,which is substantially better than a standard CD quality rip.


Edited by monsterzero - 9/8/13 at 12:36pm
post #17 of 24
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And between a 320k and a flac is a very big difference in term of quality of the sound?

 

No, you won't hear it unless you have a very high end setup. 

post #18 of 24
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it depends on how well the source material is to begin with and how well it is ripped.I have heard some FLAC files that sounded worse than 320s,and then I have heard FLAC files that take my breath away and make me question why I settled for MP3s for so long.


However since youre an Apple user FLAC files wont work.You will need to convert FLAC to ALAC to get them to work w/ an Iphone,and you will not be able to use any file above CD quality as Apple device will only support CD quality,and will not support 24/96 or 24/192,which is substantially better than a standard CD quality rip.
You said you settled for mp3s for a long time.What do you use now?
post #19 of 24
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Originally Posted by izzyisback72 View Post


And between a 320k and a FLAC is a very big difference in term of quality of the sound?

I would guess for the average person, with average audio equipment, would not be able to really pick up a difference between a well made 320K audio file and a FLAC file.

post #20 of 24
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You said you settled for mp3s for a long time.What do you use now?

 

Im in a process of getting as high of quality FLAC I can find for my entire collection,if available.Some of my stuff is hard to find and MP3s will have to suffice until I can find better.

There is freeware available that will convert FLAC to ALAC,so even if you cant find your music in ALAC,you can convert FLAC to ALAC so that your Ipod/Iphone will read them.

The problem,as was previously mentioned,is that FLAC files take up alot of disc space.I have some 24/92 files that are over 300mbs in size,which would fill up an Apple device rather quickly.


Edited by monsterzero - 9/8/13 at 1:19pm
post #21 of 24
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

I would guess for the average person, with average audio equipment, would not be able to really pick up a difference between a well made 320K audio file and a FLAC file.

 

some 320 rips are good,but many are garbage.I can hear alot of difference thru my computer setup,which is by no means HiFi

post #22 of 24

Even from my low end set up, mostly FLAC sound better than 320kbps mp3. But for a low quality FLAC rip or they just simply convert bad source to FLAC and ended up with a FLAC that sound worst than 256kbps. This usually happened to FLAC downloaded from torrent or warez site by irresponsible uploader. As long you rip from CD, I doubt FLAC will sound worst than 320kbps. Don't get me wrong here, I don't encourage downloading FLAC from torrent but just sharing why sometime FLAC sound worst than mp3.

post #23 of 24
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Hello there,

Sorry if I ask but I'm new in audio things,what is DAC ?

DAC - Digital to Analog Converter.

Modern audio is stored and processed in digital (zero & ones), but the audio needs to be changed to an Analog Audio Signal, before it goes to an amplifier (and to the human ear).

Lots of mass market audio gear (mp3 players & cell phones, etc) come with low costing DAC chips.

The E17's DAC chip (WM8740) would be considered better then what comes in most portable audio players, cell phones, computers and laptops.

The better the DAC, the more the audio sounds like it did in the studio where the audio was created.


I would caveat this by saying many current smartphones and sound cards actually have really good DACs built in. The extra risk of noise and signal loss and jitter you get from adding an external DAC may actually worsen the result.



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Thank you !

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