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FLAC to MP3 or leave it as FLAC? what sounds better?

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Hey Guys, just wanna ask this one because I'd like to rip my collection of CDs and I'm not really an audiophile with sensitive ears so maybe I'll train my ears more so I can determine this by myself. But for the meantime, can you please help me determine in which of that two will sound better? I've read some forums from Head-Fi that it doesn't make much difference when you convert Ripped FLAC to 320bit-rate MP3s. Thanks much in advance! :)

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It makes little difference. I'd choose FLAC as a matter of principle, unless you don't have enough storage space. 

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I prefer flac format.

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Hey Guys, just wanna ask this one because I'd like to rip my collection of CDs and I'm not really an audiophile with sensitive ears so maybe I'll train my ears more so I can determine this by myself. But for the meantime, can you please help me determine in which of that two will sound better? I've read some forums from Head-Fi that it doesn't make much difference when you convert Ripped FLAC to 320bit-rate MP3s. Thanks much in advance! :)

 

I always archive to FLAC - then generally use aac256 for my portables.

 

Rather than asking what we prefer - why not find out for yourself?  Software is free.  Instructions all in this thread:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/655879/setting-up-an-abx-test-simple-guide-to-ripping-tagging-transcoding

 

All it takes is time. Then you'll know what your threshold is.  Just remember to start from a single source file (ie lossless from CD) then transcode that copy to your different formats to test it.

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Keep a flac copy and them use aac 320 vbr (true vbr if possible, around 290-360k) for everything else
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