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FLAC vs. 320 Mp3

Discussion in 'Sound Science' started by icedup, Sep 7, 2011.
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  1. codeninja
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    This is so true to me, too.  I actually, downgraded my DAC because too much detail got me more noise and imperfection from recordings.  If I have to choose between "true to original intention" and "something sounds awesome", I'll choose the later any day of the week because I listen to music to enjoy not to analyze.
     
  2. proton007
    A lot of it also comes down to mastering. The recent album by RHCP was really badly mastered, everything is loud, everything is flat. Totally annoying to listen more than a couple of songs.
     
  3. bigshot

    Good luck trying to turn a crappy recording into an awesome one... Garbage in, garbage out.
     
  4. El_Doug Contributor
    not quite:  garbage in, garbage * gain out  :D
     
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  5. OJNeg
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    I agree. "Downgrading" a DAC is silly, especially considering most DACs are absolutely transparent. Nothing makes a bad recording sound awesome.
     
  6. deadlylover
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    A great headphone, does.
     
  7. OJNeg
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    I strongly disagree. It's all about the source material. Most important part of the chain, even over loudspeakers/headphones.
     
  8. deadlylover
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    I meant, it makes bad recordings bearable, the flaws disappear, and you get engulfed in the music.
     
    I think that sounds awesome.
     
  9. bigshot
    Bad recordings generally sound worse to me in headphones, however, sometimes with speakers, a bad recording can become listenable because the noise isn't shooting directly into your ears.
     
  10. codeninja
    What I meant by downgrading my DAC was that with less precise DAC, I don't get to here as much detail, which often comes in the form of imperfection.  Yeah, it's still there, but it's masked, and it won't be as obvious.  Sort of like when I watch some bluray movies, I see skins of actors, not the actor or the movie itself.  Sometimes, the less is more. :)
     
  11. bigshot
    I doubt your DAC made any difference at all.
     
  12. Clarkmc2
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    Way too truthful and BS free for Head-Fi. Look up internet audio forums in an encyclopedia, and it will say, "But I KNOW what I heard!" [​IMG]
     
    Actual thread title on High-end Audio Forum, "If you had $5000 to spend on a DAC what would you buy?" 121 replies. Wonder no more why audiophiles have a reputation of cluelessness with the general public.
     
  13. OJNeg
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    Read up a bit on DACs and you'll find that just about every well-designed DAC is completely transparent. In short, you can't really have a "less precise" DAC that gives you "less detail". That's not how it works.
     
  14. rahzim
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    Maybe he's right.  There could be some virus that unleashed a fidelity troll that resides on the sandy bridge chip in his pc.  It eats a little bit of the mp3 every time he plays the file.
     
  15. codeninja
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    Sure. Every DAC that I've listened to sounded all the same. [​IMG]
     
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