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Audio file-type differences?

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Until recently I only knew of .MP3 and what ever iTunes translates files to. Now I have been slowly converting my music library to FLAC files, and enjoy the better sound quality very much. Anyways, I am now aware of other hi-fi file-types and was wondering if anyone could provide a list of them or at least the good ones in a relative sound quality order if possible, and/ or explications of what makes them different etc.

 

Basically I just need a good run-down of audio file types and what the differences are. 

 

Thank you for reading; your time and consideration is highly appreciated. 

 

Sincerely,

ZokharaFi

post #2 of 3

Heya,

 

The container file (the "file type") doesn't matter. What matters is the compression (if any) level (you prefer little to none, lossless), and the codec used--not all compression techniques are as good as others. There is more than one MP3 codec, by the way. They're not equal.

 

Directly from CD to FLAC with lossless level compression is a good way to go to keep it simple.

 

Don't worry about file types.

 

Very best,

post #3 of 3

Yeah, flac is as good as it gets. Any lossless file type is good. To upconvert your mp3 files to lossless doesn't work well, it won't improve quality at all.

 

Ideally you should have your library in flac quality, and then downconvert to lossy file types if needed..

 

If you want your files to take up the least possible amount of space go with aac og ogg file type. Not mp3, as mp3 takes up more space relative to how good it sounds. I'd suggest using 320 kbit/s mp3 or 256 kbit/s aac or ogg as a minimum. Else, flac and perhaps alac (apple standard) for lossless if you use apple devices. 

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