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Why is there an outstanding difference between flac and 320 mp3s for this instance only?

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I've gotten into the habit of getting flac versions of all my songs if possible and I've had The Dark Side of the Moon in my collection in ultra high quality for quite some time and it indeed sounded outstanding on its own. But after getting a bit curious today, I decided to compare Time to a random youtube video of the song - I know, no comparison, so I decided to get a 320 kbps mp3 afterwards. What I did not expect was the outstanding difference between both versions. I am not the kind of guy who easily distinguishes between flac and 320 mp3s normally, but this difference is probably substantial enough to hear on low end earphones. I can only describe it as completely claustrophobic and in your head for the mp3 version whereas the flac sounds natural and surrounds the head instead of ringing all the clocks together overlapping into just your 2 ears. What I do not understand is why is it only in this instance that the difference is so noticeable in comparison to most other flac/mp3 comparisons? Is it due to different mastering or the fact that the flac version is 6 channels? Note I am not using a 6 channel speaker system but just earphones (RE-262s).

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There are lots of different masters....unless you know they are both the same they will sound very different:
http://pinkfloydarchives.com/DUSCDPF.htm#DSOTM1
http://pinkfloydarchives.com/Articles/DSOTMCDM.htm

http://www.head-fi.org/t/186365/ultimate-dark-side-of-the-moon-recording

Sounds like your flac version is from the super audio cd and is surely a different master than your mp3. The SACD is a highly regarded master.
Edited by GrindingThud - 3/15/14 at 12:39pm
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If I do remember correctly, I think you are correct about the super audio CD version. Though that brings up another question. If the audio is 6 channels will it sound different if converted to just 2 channels since I am technically using a 2 channel setup?

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That I do not know. I don't know how multi-channel tracks are resolved In a DSP. smily_headphones1.gif
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If I do remember correctly, I think you are correct about the super audio CD version. Though that brings up another question. If the audio is 6 channels will it sound different if converted to just 2 channels since I am technically using a 2 channel setup?
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It just seems unusual how the sacd version pretty much sounds like 6 channels in comparison to all the other mastered versions I've heard in flac or mp3 which limit themselves to clearly 2 channels.

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