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Old 03-16-2011, 03:37 AM
Ravnefar Ravnefar is offline
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Default FLAC vs. MP3 bitrate 320

It would appear that there would be a significant gain in sound quality by using the FLAC format over the highest mp3 settings considering how many people on this forum use a lossless format. Especially since FLAC files take up twice as much space as mp3s at bitrate 320. So I made the following “experiment”:
Same digitally recorded track (pipe organ) ripped at mp3 bitrate 230, 320 and FLAC, which amounts to 13.8 MB, 19.1 MB, and 41.0 MB respectively.
I could hear some gain between the 230 and 320 tracks, but almost none between 320 and FLAC (“almost” might even be an illusion, because this was not a blind test after all).
My collection of classical music is fast approaching 60 GB. If I chose carefully, there might be room for an upgrade to bitrate 320 (most files are 230 or even lower), but updating to FLAC would be a different story entirely. Of course these files are for my ears alone, and I am well into the second half of my life. Still, I am intrigued: can other people really hear a “significant” difference? Should I perhaps have tested a wider range of sound tracks, because some recordings are more sensitive to the compressing process than others? Will be grateful for your input! (Cowon J3 and Monster Turbine Copper edition).
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