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Recommend me a lossless codec—looking for a nice compression–to–speed
Dario
post Jan 26 2012, 00:15
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Howdy, people from Hydrogenaudio

As per the topic's title, I am looking for a lossless codec that offers a nice compression (something around Monkey's Audio's High) along with a nice encoding/decoding speed (I am more concerned about the decoding). I initially stumbled upon TAK, which had everything I could ask for, but much to my demise, I found out that the playback of TAK is rather buggy—the official Winamp plug-in does not work well with 24/96 files (even though the TAK format supports high resolutions). Furthermore, I would ideally want the codec to be stable.

I would be very grateful to anyone who helps.

PS: Before mentioning FLAC, I have to say that I am dissatisfied with the compression it offers, as my storage space is pretty limited (and won't be improving until this summer at earliest).
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n0v!ze
post Jul 8 2012, 20:42
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For years, I've been using FLAC and only recently switched to True Audio. Two to five out of hundred rips didn't play properly in Winamp with cue_in, some songs stopped right in the middle. Time display is always a few seconds behind. Well, this may all be related to cue_in or other things related to my machine and not to FLAC. Don't want to blame FLAC here, it's a great tool.

The True Audio Encoder ttaenc has two perceived disadvantages: Nearly no compression options and inability to redirect output to a pipe. For the type of music I listen to, which is mostly Heavy Metal, I found that the generated files sizes of .flac and .tta are nearly identical when compression to FLAC is done with second best ratio (Q 7 out of 8). Both encoding and decoding speed are at least on the same level, my (unverified) impression is that True Audio is often faster. Should I ever need the pipe output, I will apply the patch provided by the sox developer.

An advantage of True Audio is that it supports ID3 Tags. I create both lossless and lossy files when I rip. Having the very same id3 tags in both formats makes file management easier (for example file and folder name generation from tags). True Audio lacks a metatta utility but I didn't use metaflac anyway so I'm not missing it. True Audio is Open Source Software like FLAC is. Like FLAC, it lacks active development for a couple of years. Perhaps WavPack is the better, actively developed alternative? I don't know.
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- Dario   Recommend me a lossless codec—looking for a nice compression–to–speed   Jan 26 2012, 00:15
- - Ouroboros   FLAC and TAK are within 2% of each other....... F...   Jan 26 2012, 00:40
|- - Dario   QUOTE (Ouroboros @ Jan 26 2012, 00:40) FL...   Jan 26 2012, 00:50
|- - Soap   QUOTE (Dario @ Jan 25 2012, 18:50) I am u...   Jan 26 2012, 02:30
|- - washu   QUOTE (Dario @ Jan 25 2012, 18:50) I am u...   Jan 26 2012, 05:48
- - Soap   If decoding speed is an issue you apparently aren...   Jan 26 2012, 00:43
- - Ouroboros   TAK 2.2.0 vs FLAC Between 1 and 4%......   Jan 26 2012, 01:24
- - Dario   3–4% is quite a nice amount, at least in my eyes. ...   Jan 26 2012, 01:37
- - shadowking   My old Pentium 3-550 could play monkeys normal-hig...   Jan 26 2012, 02:46
- - shadowking   You could try wavpack -h or -hh should be close to...   Jan 26 2012, 02:52
- - marc2003   have you tried reporting your problems with TAK pl...   Jan 26 2012, 03:01
- - Porcus   SyntheticSoul's speed and compression comparis...   Jan 26 2012, 04:07
- - Dario   Whenever I try to open a file encoded in Monkey...   Jan 26 2012, 14:31
|- - probedb   QUOTE (Dario @ Jan 26 2012, 13:31) Whenev...   Jan 26 2012, 15:43
|- - dhromed   QUOTE (Dario @ Jan 26 2012, 14:31) Whenev...   Jan 26 2012, 15:53
- - Porcus   Have you set up your player for buffering? Decodin...   Jan 26 2012, 19:47
- - HorsePower73   Try dsfTAKSource: http://liviocavallo.altervista.o...   Feb 7 2012, 10:06
- - n0v!ze   For years, I've been using FLAC and only recen...   Jul 8 2012, 20:42
|- - db1989   QUOTE (n0v!ze @ Jul 8 2012, 20:42) Fo...   Jul 8 2012, 20:48
|- - Porcus   QUOTE (n0v!ze @ Jul 8 2012, 21:42) Tr...   Jul 8 2012, 21:17
- - Jan S.   Sad to see that noone linked to our own wiki.. h...   Jul 9 2012, 10:51
- - Porcus   QUOTE (Jan S. @ Jul 9 2012, 11:51) Sad to...   Jul 9 2012, 13:22


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