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Foobar2000 vs. EAC for FLAC ripping?, [moved from fb2k: General]
post Sep 11 2012, 01:59
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Fellow Forum Members,
I'm using Foobar 2000 to rip my music collection over to FLAC format. I have it set to level 5 compression level. Is that all I need to concern myself with in order to get the best quality audio file? Are there any other parameters I should know about that require I tinker with in order to get best quality audio?

Lastly, many years ago I used EAC to rip some of my CDs over to Lame MP3. I remember EAC having some error correction feature. Does Foobar2000 have something similar? In short, if EAC and Foobar2000 are setup with the same FLAC ripping paremeters, and both rip the same CD on the same hardware. Will the resulting two sets of FLAC files be identical to each other or differ in quality? Just wondering how these two apps compare against each other when put head to head with the same parameters. Any info will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance. :)
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post Jan 17 2013, 23:50
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QUOTE (Michael Sargent @ Sep 11 2012, 14:52) *
Most people have no problems with level 9 compression

The maximum compression level in FLAC is 8. (There are nine compression levels including -0.) Use of -8 is not without risk as it requires more decoding power than does the default -5. For those using a low-power music server -- such as RPi or ARM-powered NAS -- this can cause playback problems particularly with "hi-res" files.
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