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post Mar 3 2013, 07:50
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Hi.. I've only recently started enjoying FLAC recordings. I'm trying to find the Rachmaninoff Piano Concertos recorded by Vladimir Ashkenazy. I've found these short samples (miles ahead of my cherished CD in audio quality) but nowhere to follow up and purchase. Is anyone else familiar with these recordings and might be able to point me in the right direction? I know I'm a newcomer -- is this the appropriate forum to ask this question? If not, I apologize.

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post Mar 6 2013, 11:01
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Assuming you have Windows, you can do a bitwise comparison if you accurately rip the CD and load that rip and the FLAC into foobar2000 playlist, right click, Utilities, Bit-compare tracks.

If there's a difference in the data, the again from the Utilities menu you can do an level-matched ABX text (a form of Blind Test) to randomly assign A or B to X and the other to Y, say 10 times, play them and identify which matches X.

Nearly all of us here on these forums have been surprised that some difference that sounded like a veil being lifted when we knew the source, became impossible to discern when it was hidden from us and we couldn't pick up subtle cues from a friend switching cables over either.

It's quite humbling to realise how much our perception - what we actually experience in our hearing - can be so affected by our expectations as well as the actual auditory input.

Another thing most sound engineers have done is tweak a setting like EQ to perfect the sound then discover that the EQ was bypassed the whole time and there was no possibility of there being a difference between the different settings they were convinced sounded different. (Sometimes moving your head in the listening room is enough to change the sound genuinely, thanks to room effects like comb filtering, sometimes it's pure imagination and Expectation Bias)
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