Hi, I see I'm supposed to post here first, so forgive me for this not being hardware related.
I just purchased a FiiO X3 for what I think was a decent deal. Was looking to upgrade my Sony Walkman and for different reasons (including budget) decided on the X3.
Before I get into the headphone questions eventually, I was hoping someone could direct me to an article, thread, etc... explaining the difference in quality of lossless audio.
In other words... FLAC vs. WAV vs. ALAC vs. AAC... and so on.
Also, I was looking on a web site that sells high res audio and the stuff I would like is only in 44.1 KHz/16 bit... but I don't think that's any better than my CDs. (?)
My understanding on some of these things is:
- CDs are not the best version of lossless audio, and there is nothing I can do with my CDs to get great quality audio from them.
- That I can only get better audio files from sites that have access to the better quality originals (I would name one example I found, but m not sure I'm allowed to).
- FLAC is still a compressed version of the audio, so it's not as good of quality as WAV files.
Now, these are things the way I understand them based on some research I've done.
But please, if I am wrong, tell me.
I am new to all this, and am looking for a good education.
So anyway, if anyone can recommend some good reading (dumbed down for a newb), or want to offer up any opinions/advice, I would greatly appreciate it.