Worth going for 24 bit FLACs?
Feb 22, 2008 at 8:30 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 6


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Jan 28, 2007
My Squeezebox is currently hooked up to my DAC1. The SB can output 44.1khz and 48khz over digital coax. Anything else going into the Squeezebox is first downsampled to 48khz by SlimServer. The DAC1 then upsamples the audio from the Squeezebox to 192khz.

Is it worth me getting any of the Linn "Studio Master" FLACs? I know that the discs that are sampled at 88.2khz or 96khz will sound no better (possibly worse due to a couple of resamplings) but is it still worth getting any (24/44.1, 24/48, 24/88.2, 24/96) since the whole chain supports 24bit?
Feb 24, 2008 at 4:35 AM Post #3 of 6
I own somes 24 bits 88 khz from Linn Records. They very good.

I own CD from linn record .. they very good too. :xf_cool:

I don't have the same recording in 16/44 and 24/88 .. difficult to know if you will hear a difference.
Feb 28, 2008 at 9:46 PM Post #4 of 6

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you can't actually hear the difference between 8 and 16 and 24 bit

Regardless, the albums are excellently recorded and mastered. I have no idea if I can hear a difference between 16 and 24 bit, I'm more interested in whether my equipment will handle them.

In the end I picked up 3 - a 24/44.1, a 24/88.2 and a 24/96. If it helps any Squeezebox users the first two played fine whereas the 96 stuttered - using Squeezecentre 7 on Linux.
Feb 28, 2008 at 9:49 PM Post #5 of 6
Squeezebox down samples to 24/48 kHz anything higher. Only the transporter can do as high as 96 kHz. But 24/48 kHz is very good.
Feb 28, 2008 at 9:51 PM Post #6 of 6
I heard that 88.2 is downsampled to 44.1 by dropping half the samples. I don't know if that's correct but yes, 24/48 sounds fantastic. Am I right in thinking that 24 bits increases the dynamic range available?

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