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post #16 of 31
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Originally Posted by Tad-Bravo View Post
 


I only had time to check the first 7 samples and I could barely notice (or imagine) a teensy tiny spec of difference in two of them.

 

In my experience, in most music styles and with modern encoders, even 128kb can be indistinguishable from loss-less, let alone 320kb which I think is biologically impossible for adult ears.

 

now It also depends on the gear you have,  some headphones and amps might emphasize on the freqs that poorly encoded mp3's have artifacts in?

Thanks for trying, anyway! I hope you feel like going thru the whole test some other time so that I get your records for the collection. I am totally unable to hear the differences in the tests myself. Notice there two tests, each one with a different approach. You may want to take a look at the second, where you can pick a clip from a choice of 6.

 

 

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Edited by cdvsmp3 - 6/9/14 at 1:09am
post #17 of 31
Hard drive space is cheap these days and flac provides a solid archive. Always choose the lossless option.
post #18 of 31
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Originally Posted by cdvsmp3 View Post
 

Thanks for trying, anyway! I hope you feel like going thru the whole test some other time so that I get your records for the collection. I am totally unable to hear the differences in the tests myself. Notice there two tests, each one with a different approach. You may want to take a look at the second, where you can pick a clip from a choice of 6.

 

http://goo.gl/Dfawrb and http://goo.gl/Xin6xt

 

I think open air headphones like the ones I used in the test reduce any noticeable artifact in the sound as it's lost with the reverb in the large soundstage.

 

I will try again when I have time with closed cans.

 

ps:one reason I didn't have time is because I have to downlaod the samples and then play them back manually.

post #19 of 31
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Originally Posted by eyal1983 View Post
 

Yes, FLAC is a tiny bit better than a 320KBPS coded MP3 file... you just have to know where to look, and you shall find the "difference".

though, it's not a huge one... but it's there.

 

The MP3 file, being of a compressed type, has "digital artifacts", or "grain"... much more than the FLAC file.

it all comes down to the material you're listening to...

 

This question has already asked on the head-fi community quite a lot.. if you can use the search function, you'll find PLENTY of answers to that.

Have you not heard Eyal, the differeances are ALL made up! -.- *sarcasm* 

post #20 of 31
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 I think open air headphones like the ones I used in the test reduce any noticeable artifact in the sound as it's lost with the reverb in the large soundstage.

 

I will try again when I have time with closed cans.

 

ps:one reason I didn't have time is because I have to download the samples and then play them back manually.

 

You should be able to take these tests online! (http://goo.gl/Xin6xt and http://goo.gl/Dfawrb) Just click on the links. I have tested them in Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera....

Let me know if they don't work for you.

 

The only test that may require downloading is the HD vs AAC 256k, because files are in Apple Lossless format.


Edited by cdvsmp3 - 6/7/14 at 7:07am
post #21 of 31

Nope, I get the download popup when I click on a clip.

post #22 of 31
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Originally Posted by Tad-Bravo View Post
 

Nope, I get the download popup when I click on a clip.

 

Strange... What browser are you using? Check your browser's preferencies. Can you play any other media files without dowloading, like mp3 files?

 

Try with the link from hear: https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/cdvsmp3/CDvsAAC256_2/02+Lars+Danielsson+-+Tarantella+clip.wav

post #23 of 31

I'm on the lastest version of firefox and even with your last link it's prompting me to download the file.

post #24 of 31
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I'm on the lastest version of firefox and even with your last link it's prompting me to download the file.

I'll get back to you when I figure out what's going on.

post #25 of 31
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I'm on the lastest version of firefox and even with your last link it's prompting me to download the file.

Do you have QuickTime installed in your system? That might help.

post #26 of 31
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Originally Posted by cdvsmp3 View Post
 

Do you have QuickTime installed in your system? That might help.

Try installing QuickTime plug-in for Firefox. In my system, Firefox launches that plug-in to play the files.

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Edited by cdvsmp3 - 6/9/14 at 1:08am
post #27 of 31
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Originally Posted by cdvsmp3 View Post
 

Do you have QuickTime installed in your system? That might help.


I see, in that case I'm afraid this test is not for me :)

 

I'm never installing that apple junk on my pc...

post #28 of 31
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I see, in that case I'm afraid this test is not for me :)

 

I'm never installing that apple junk on my pc...

Then, there must be an alternative way to play .wav files directly in your browser... Have you tried Chrome?

 

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Edited by cdvsmp3 - 6/9/14 at 1:08am
post #29 of 31
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I see, in that case I'm afraid this test is not for me :)

 

I'm never installing that apple junk on my pc...

I opened it with firefox and VLC played it in the browsers, you could try VLC.

post #30 of 31
Way back in my Windows days QuickTime Alternative was the geek option.

http://www.free-codecs.com/download/QuickTime_Alternative.htm
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