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Is flac better than a retail cd?
WillyPhilly100
post Aug 7 2013, 03:15
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Okay so I am relatively new to the digital audio world and I am a bit curious about flac. Is it better quality than a standard retail cd? Also, would a retail cd to flac transcode be a bad one? Would there be any loss of quality? Thanks guys!
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post Aug 7 2013, 03:37
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QUOTE (WillyPhilly100 @ Aug 6 2013, 22:15) *
Okay so I am relatively new to the digital audio world and I am a bit curious about flac. Is it better quality than a standard retail cd?


This question doesn't really make sense. FLAC is just an exact copy of something. If its of a retail CD, then its the same thing as that CD. If its from some other source, it may be better or worse depending on that source.

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Would there be any loss of quality?


FLAC is a lossless format, so there is no loss.

FWIW, the wikipedia page may be a better place to start if you're not sure what something is.
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WillyPhilly100
post Aug 7 2013, 03:39
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Okay thanks, that solved my question 100%. Yeah I tried the wiki page but couldn't really find any thing about retail cd's.
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post Aug 7 2013, 05:14
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QUOTE (WillyPhilly100 @ Aug 6 2013, 23:15) *
Okay so I am relatively new to the digital audio world and I am a bit curious about flac. Is it better quality than a standard retail cd?

Funny you say that, as the opposite is way more commonly (and erroneously) stated. To sum up, a properly ripped retail cd stored as FLAC is a perfect copy. Period.

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Also, would a retail cd to flac transcode be a bad one? Would there be any loss of quality? Thanks guys!

No (well, CDs can be badly ripped, but that has not to do with FLAC as a format), and no. You can read up on ripping here.

Edit: I realise now saratoga adressed your questions earlier and I kinda repeated him... Silly me. rolleyes.gif

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