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Which lossless audio codec do you use?
Which lossless audio codec do you use?
Which lossless audio codec do you use?
ALAC [ 15 ] ** [3.46%]
FLAC [ 228 ] ** [52.66%]
WavPack [ 140 ] ** [32.33%]
YALAC [ 2 ] ** [0.46%]
Monkey's Audio [ 36 ] ** [8.31%]
Shorten [ 0 ] ** [0.00%]
WMA Lossless [ 6 ] ** [1.39%]
TTA [ 0 ] ** [0.00%]
OptimFROG [ 5 ] ** [1.15%]
Other (post details below) [ 1 ] ** [0.23%]
Total Votes: 534
  
krmathis
post Apr 23 2006, 20:42
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I think its time for an updated "Which lossless audio codec do you use?" thread! smile.gif

Place a vote for your prefered lossless audio codec above.
Feel free to post the reason you prefer it over the others as well...
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guruboolez
post Apr 23 2006, 21:10
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I was originally a Monkey's user, which offered (and still offer) excellent ratio at excellent speed. Then I was looking for formats offering a higher decoding speed: opening these files then appeared as a much more confortable process on Cool Edit/Audition (opening time could be 4 time faster between WavPack or FLAC compared to MAC -normal) and faster decoding also mean faster transcoding.

FLAC and WavPack were the fastest ones (with Shorten... unbeatable but outdated); WavPack finally had my preference, because:
- the tagging system is much more conveniant for my purpose (i.e. much faster)
- seeking was even better than FLAC (which is already very good)
- I got better encoding ratios
- I liked the red icon rolleyes.gif
- David is a very nice guy (it's not a necessary condition: I also used MPC in the past ...)

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Josef K.
post Apr 23 2006, 22:18
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QUOTE (guruboolez @ Apr 23 2006, 10:10 PM) *
- I got better encoding ratios
Could you please tell the difference? I don't want to infirm your statement at all, I'm just curious. I've got huge Flac collection and if I could save say 2% (6 GB in my case) of space by reencoding, I will seriously consider to do it. (It must be horrible work anyway)
So: what do you think? Is it worth to reencode (or transcode...) from Flac to WavPack?
Thanks for response.


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Is there a difference between yes and no?
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Shade[ST]
post Apr 23 2006, 22:35
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QUOTE (Josef K. @ Apr 23 2006, 05:18 PM) *
I've got huge Flac collection and if I could save say 2% (6 GB in my case) of space by reencoding, I will seriously consider to do it. (It must be horrible work anyway)
So: what do you think? Is it worth to reencode (or transcode...) from Flac to WavPack?
Thanks for response.

Wait until YALAC final comes out : it's blazing fast, and has great compression ratios (just look at the YALAC threads, and at synthetic soul's posts.
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- krmathis   Which lossless audio codec do you use?   Apr 23 2006, 20:42
- - Sebastian Mares   WavPack because of its fast encoding and decoding....   Apr 23 2006, 20:45
- - goodnews   FLAC due to the very good software support. I don...   Apr 23 2006, 20:50
- - atici   Wavpack -hmx1 single file image with embedded cues...   Apr 23 2006, 21:02
- - Synthetic Soul   WavPack. I switched from Monkey's Audio to Wa...   Apr 23 2006, 21:08
|- - DARcode   QUOTE (Synthetic Soul @ Apr 23 2006, 10:0...   Apr 27 2006, 19:14
- - guruboolez   I was originally a Monkey's user, which offere...   Apr 23 2006, 21:10
|- - Josef K.   QUOTE (guruboolez @ Apr 23 2006, 10:10 PM...   Apr 23 2006, 22:18
||- - Shade[ST]   QUOTE (Josef K. @ Apr 23 2006, 05:18 PM) ...   Apr 23 2006, 22:35
|- - seanyseansean   QUOTE (guruboolez @ Apr 23 2006, 09:10 PM...   Apr 23 2006, 23:05
|- - Fandango   QUOTE (guruboolez @ Apr 23 2006, 10:10 PM...   Apr 24 2006, 20:06
- - jmartis   Today I've voted in one lossless poll, now her...   Apr 23 2006, 21:41
- - DreamTactix291   Lots of lossless polls at once Hasn't chan...   Apr 23 2006, 22:09
- - vitos   Heh, the day of lossless polls. I used to be Mon...   Apr 23 2006, 22:19
- - keytotime   I'm also waiting for YALAC to come out.   Apr 23 2006, 23:22
- - Supacon   Like guruboolez, I used to use Monkey's audio ...   Apr 23 2006, 23:41
- - Triza   FLAC because 1) Extremely thorough testbed. So I ...   Apr 23 2006, 23:58
- - flcpge   I also use FLAC. Too lazy to learn anything else r...   Apr 24 2006, 00:10
- - haregoo   FLAC for faster/stable decoding speed. Thanks deve...   Apr 24 2006, 00:34
- - Mirage2k   ALAC. I'm on a Mac--'nuff said. Although I...   Apr 24 2006, 03:23
- - iGold   FLAC for vorbis comments and good command line sup...   Apr 24 2006, 07:48
- - micimaci   WavPack, but lookin forward to YALAC   Apr 24 2006, 11:03
- - Zurman   Monkey 3.99 High, because of its good ratios. I...   Apr 24 2006, 11:25
- - zombiewerewolf   Wavpack for me. The first lossless encoder I used...   Apr 24 2006, 12:17
|- - man   I used Monkey's Audio [high] for 3 years. The...   Apr 24 2006, 17:40
- - jcoalson   another interesting thing so far... compared to th...   Apr 24 2006, 19:03
- - guruboolez   ...and compared to an earlier poll it seems that M...   Apr 24 2006, 19:20
- - tgoose   FLAC for support and for trading, since it's p...   Apr 24 2006, 21:35
- - satorippoi   The results are simply astonishing - Flac and WV a...   Apr 24 2006, 22:44
- - Yaztromo   Monkeys Audio 1) Good compression at normal and f...   Apr 24 2006, 23:23
- - xmixahlx   #1 wavpack (new encodes) #2 flac (older encodes th...   Apr 25 2006, 00:27
- - negritot   I use ALAC because it's the easiest to use wit...   Apr 25 2006, 02:35
- - Firon   I still see Monkey's Audio as the majority out...   Apr 25 2006, 03:35
- - Synthetic Soul   Considering only the FLAC and WavPack votes, the ...   Apr 25 2006, 17:19
|- - TBeck   QUOTE (Synthetic Soul @ Apr 25 2006, 06:1...   Apr 25 2006, 17:42
|- - PoisonDan   QUOTE (Synthetic Soul @ Apr 25 2006, 06:1...   Apr 27 2006, 20:40
|- - lanosk   QUOTE (PoisonDan @ Apr 28 2006, 07:40 AM)...   Apr 27 2006, 22:18
- - guruboolez   The YALAC choice surprised me as well, but it make...   Apr 25 2006, 17:30
- - Synthetic Soul   QUOTE (guruboolez @ Apr 25 2006, 04:30 PM...   Apr 27 2006, 13:38
|- - guruboolez   QUOTE (Synthetic Soul @ Apr 27 2006, 01:3...   Apr 27 2006, 14:56
|- - Synthetic Soul   QUOTE (guruboolez @ Apr 27 2006, 01:56 PM...   Apr 27 2006, 15:44
- - a_aa   FLAC. Why? Well, why not...? As long as it is los...   Apr 27 2006, 15:31
- - halb27   I like Monkey extreme high for archiving purposes ...   Apr 27 2006, 15:33
|- - Shade[ST]   I'm the one who voted YALAC, because I current...   Apr 27 2006, 15:42
- - guruboolez   Maybe a pre-poll discussion might be opened to col...   Apr 27 2006, 16:00
- - Xenion   Wavpack for Me Fast, Perfect Cue-Sheet Support, Co...   Apr 28 2006, 01:51
- - miscellanea   I'm using FLAC and WavPack but mainly WavPack ...   Apr 28 2006, 02:45
- - Supacon   Wow... wavpack is really starting to sound like th...   Apr 28 2006, 04:20
|- - Shade[ST]   I think Wavpack has a compression option which mak...   Apr 28 2006, 04:39
- - MusicLover   I use Monkey's Audio - speed is not an issue f...   Apr 28 2006, 07:54
- - zorba   i'm using flac & wavpack but i've vote...   Apr 28 2006, 10:48
|- - rjamorim   QUOTE (zorba @ Apr 28 2006, 06:48 AM) Hey...   Apr 28 2006, 11:51
|- - jcoalson   QUOTE (zorba @ Apr 28 2006, 04:48 AM) Hey...   Apr 28 2006, 16:56
|- - bryant   QUOTE (jcoalson @ Apr 28 2006, 08:56 AM) ...   Apr 28 2006, 19:30
- - probedb   I use FLAC Dunno why really, Squeezebox has nativ...   Apr 28 2006, 11:54
- - Cartman_Sr   I use flac because I still think it was designed r...   Apr 28 2006, 17:53
- - Echizen   I voted for WAVPACK because it seems to be the bes...   Apr 28 2006, 19:33
- - xmixahlx   i'm down with the wpk file extension, bryant. ...   Apr 28 2006, 20:40
- - Supacon   QUOTE (MusicLover @ Apr 28 2006, 12:54 AM...   Apr 28 2006, 21:11
- - MusicLover   QUOTE Does anyone know if there are changes to the...   Apr 29 2006, 13:48
- - smok3   i use FLAC, since wavpack page annoys me (i blame ...   Apr 29 2006, 14:50
- - Egor   FLAC for me (though Wavpack is a very attractive a...   May 11 2006, 12:21
|- - pest   i use monkey's audio since a couple of years ...   May 11 2006, 12:43
- - venezici   Hi audio geeks, I prefer flac. because EAC(my pre...   May 15 2006, 14:23
- - Galley   RealAudio Lossless; I'm getting encoding speed...   Jun 2 2006, 02:12
- - satorippoi   Well, I guess it is time to have my say..))) Firs...   Jun 29 2006, 18:37
|- - Martin H   QUOTE (satorippoi @ Jun 29 2006, 19:37) W...   Jul 10 2006, 04:33
- - JohanDeBock   I'm trying out OptimFROG.   Jul 11 2006, 09:52
|- - JEdwardP   I switched from FLAC to WavPack in August of 2005....   Jul 18 2006, 06:02
- - eboomer   I'm currently transcoding my files to OptimFRO...   Sep 3 2006, 08:02
- - hellokeith   Flac. Simple, easy to understand command line. P...   Sep 7 2006, 21:02
- - Synthetic Soul   Poll closed. Please take a look at the latest pol...   Jan 2 2007, 09:10


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