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Von II

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#1 11 years ago

I can't imagine I've been listening to 128kbps MP3's and 160mp3 rips i made from my CD collection.

I've got a quite big collection of .FLAC music from a friend, and i would like to hear it on my MP3player, which is a 20€thing with only support for mp3 and wav i believe.

How can i convert it to either formats without losing quality? (Or not much :p) Space is not a problem, it's 4gb, and only 120mb is used atm. =p

The FLACs are around 50mb each.




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#2 11 years ago

dBPowerAmp is a good converter. Don't convert it to mp3 if you don't have to. FLAC --> wav is from lossless to lossless, so there will be no data loss. It's just that the waves will take up much more space (depending on the music and how good the wave encoding was, maybe double, triple the size).

If you have to convert to mp3, use 320kbps. It's still possible to tell the difference between that and lossless, but the difference is much less than with 128kbps or even 192kbps.

The best way to enjoy lossless music is to listen to it on a good stereo system or your PC, really. Most portable media devices aren't that great for playing lossless, it shortens battery and player life, and the sound quality isn't as good.




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#3 11 years ago

In fairness if it's a cheap and nasty flash drive mp3 player he probably won't notice much - if any - difference between mp3 at 320kbps (or perhaps even less) and lossless audio. Especially if it's combined with cheap and nasty headphones.




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#4 11 years ago

I always download and rip MP3's at 320kbps. Sounds pretty good to me, but then again I've never really tried FLAC (sure as hell don't have the bandwidth for it), and honestly I don't think my audio equipment would be quite up to the task of letting me know the difference anyway. I have a Razer Carcharias stereo headset and Logitech Z-2300 2.1 200W speaker system.




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#5 11 years ago
I always download and rip MP3's at 320kbps. Sounds pretty good to me, but then again I've never really tried FLAC (sure as hell don't have the bandwidth for it), and honestly I don't think my audio equipment would be quite up to the task of letting me know the difference anyway. I have a Razer Carcharias stereo headset and Logitech Z-2300 2.1 200W speaker system.

There is a difference. It's minuscule to me, and I don't really mind, but there is a difference.




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#6 11 years ago
Bs|Archaon;5171832In fairness if it's a cheap and nasty flash drive mp3 player he probably won't notice much - if any - difference between mp3 at 320kbps (or perhaps even less) and lossless audio. Especially if it's combined with cheap and nasty headphones.

Thank you for making clear i'm poor and my attempt to get slightly better sound quality is useless.




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#7 11 years ago

lossless > all. My entire music collection is in lossless ALAC format (Apple Lossless Audio Codec). I use ALAC because its the lossless format that iTunes natively supports, and so far nothing compares with iTunes for importing and managing a collection, not for listening though. All my songs come in at around 1000-1100kbps.

If you haven't already, try foobar2000. Its the best player around IMO. Get one of the bit-exact output plugins that by pass the Windows audio drivers and output directly through your sound card.

After listening to nothing but lossless on my PC for the past year or so, anytime i play a 128k or so MP3 it sounds horrible to me. I never used to notice how bad they really sound until now, even on my fairly craptastic logitech X-530's.




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#8 11 years ago

Apart from plenty of other various audio software starting with foobar :P (itunes is a dungheap)

Well if you want a better portable player that's a bit on the cheaper end, I'd probably be on the lookout for some sony stuff. the SONY WALKMAN NWZ-B142D is on the cheaper end and I thinnk has pretty good audio quality. I'm not certain it uses musicstage or not though. Plus sony usually bundles better headphones than their competition. And 320CBR Mp3 should sound just fine

There's also a number of better, not so bad audio quality players that support lossless. Here a few MP3 players with FLAC support - CNET Reviews




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#9 11 years ago

Thanks for the responses guys, I'm just playing the FLAC files with winamp on my pc, and i made 320kbps MP3 rips for my mp3 player.

Sounds better than my usual rips, so i'm happy. :)

I'm not going to buy a new mp3 player anytime soon, this one works, and if it dies, too bad, there are other things that i need more. (Like a decent mouse goddamnit, and this CRT is killing my eyes =p)




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#10 11 years ago
noobst3R;5172548this CRT is killing my eyes =p)

I wonder what my CRT's are doing to my eyes (I set 2 up in envy of my mom's 24" LCD)...




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