Discussion in 'Digital Sources' started by niamatk, Jul 13, 2017.
Flac , Wav (OR) CD ? for music .
both FLAC and WAV are lossless audio formats, FLAC is compressed and WAV isn't
CD's are just WAV in PCM form
IME there is 0 difference between a FLAC, WAV, or ripped CD (WAV) of the same file/song
you start to lose fidelity when you use lossy codecs (mp3 etc). Just because FLAC is compressed doesn't mean it loses fidelity, it is a lossless format.
It's all identical in the end, all things being equal (bit depth/sampling rate).
True, there is very little if any audible difference between FLAC and WAV. Where the differences lie are in the size of the file (FLAC is lossless compression) and the metadata. When a CD is ripped to FLAC most rippers automatically add the associated metadata for the selection. WAV files have no option for this and any metadata is in a "sidecar" file.
IME/O ripping to FLAC makes more sense than ripping to WAV. I don't do MP3 files or any lossy compression.
Once you go FLAC.......... you won't ever want to go back.
I rip all my CDs to FLAC for reasons already stated. If I want to load music on something that doesn't do lossless it's easy to set up Foobar2000 to resample to MP3. Not so easy to go the other way Using WAV for archiving just wastes space and doesn't support as much metadata.
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