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High-Resolution Audio Explained, PCMAG, February 1, 2012
skamp
post Feb 1 2012, 23:25
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High-Resolution Audio Explained (PCMAG, February 1, 2012)

[Neil Young] was referring specifically to the compressed MP3 and AAC files most people listen to today. Truth is, they just don't sound all that good. [] Even 256Kbps (and yes, 320Kbps) files are still audibly different than what you hear on a CD, although at least those are somewhat closer to the mark. [] Switch to an uncompressed FLAC file, and all of the above flaws go away. [] Stereo sound fields become three dimensional, with a sense of depth and space. It sounds as if a veil has been lifted; everything has more definition and natural sound.


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QUOTE (skamp @ Feb 1 2012, 14:25) *
High-Resolution Audio Explained (PCMAG, February 1, 2012)

Switch to an uncompressed FLAC file, and all of the above flaws go away.


"Uncompressed FLAC"--is that even possible?
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post Feb 2 2012, 10:01
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QUOTE (odious malefactor @ Feb 2 2012, 06:23) *
"Uncompressed FLAC"--is that even possible?


Yes, indeed it is.

From http://flac.sourceforge.net/api/group__flac__format.html , you will find:

Enumeration values:
FLAC__SUBFRAME_TYPE_CONSTANT constant signal
FLAC__SUBFRAME_TYPE_VERBATIM uncompressed signal
FLAC__SUBFRAME_TYPE_FIXED fixed polynomial prediction
FLAC__SUBFRAME_TYPE_LPC linear prediction



However, I think that the quoted article uses 'uncompressed' synonymous to 'lossless'. (BTW, what is really the difference between a lossless-compressed FLAC and an uncompressed FLAC stored in a compression-enabled file system? Except of course the compression algorithm (and efficiency)?)

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