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Two questions about music quality:

1.Is CD quality better than FLAC? Or are they equal?

2.If I wanted FLAC quality instead of buying online MP3s, do I have to buy the CD and than rip it on my computer to FLAC?

I'm trying to understand how CDs relate to audio quality, and FLAC format.
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FLAC is lossless, so it's the same quality as the source (assuming whoever ripped/encoded it is not a moron). If it came from something higher than CD quality, it's better than a CD. If it was ripped from a CD, it's the same. If it came from something worse, it's worse.

There are places that sell FLAC files.
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Originally Posted by TheWolfe View Post
Two questions about music quality:

1.Is CD quality better than FLAC? Or are they equal?

2.If I wanted FLAC quality instead of buying online MP3s, do I have to buy the CD and than rip it on my computer to FLAC?

I'm trying to understand how CDs relate to audio quality, and FLAC format.
FLAC and CD quality are the same, uncompressed.

Go to hdtracks.com if you want to buy FLAC files.
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Originally Posted by pangolinman View Post
FLAC and CD quality are the same, uncompressed.
FLAC is compressed, though losslessly, and you can get or make FLAC files from sources that are higher than the standard 16-bit, 44100Hz, of CD audio.

You are correct in that most FLAC files are the same as CD quality.
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post #5 of 37
A FLAC source is as good quality as the source it was encoded from. It will be the same as a CD if it was from a CD. If the CD was made with a bad source, then the FLAC file will also have lower quality sound.

You can buy FLAC files online from a lot of places, Google will probably work wonders for specific songs or albums.
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I've been looking at some FLAC websites, and I can't find any real mainstream or popular artists...

But I could go to Target or whatever, buy the CD, come home, and rip it to be FLAC? And that would be tremendously better than MP3 at 320kbps?
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I've been looking at some FLAC websites, and I can't find any real mainstream or popular artists...

But I could go to Target or whatever, buy the CD, come home, and rip it to be FLAC? And that would be tremendously better than MP3 at 320kbps?
It's not going to be tremendously better. To tell you the truth, some people can't even notice the difference.
    
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Flac is impossible to listen to without it being uncompressed.

1. CD and FLAC are both uncompressed so they are both the same.

2. You can rip a CD if you really want FLAC but the human ear can't hear better quality then 320kbps. It also depends on the song and headphones/speakers you are using. Sometimes FLAC is noticeably different than 320, other times not.
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the human ear can't hear better quality then 320kbps.
Huh? That's pretty debatable don't you think? I mean, that's the whole point of getting Hi Fi equipment and listening to FLAC, to hear the best quality. I can hear a difference between the two, but that's because I have HD 555s. If it was $10 earphones, then they'd both sound bad.
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post #10 of 37
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I can hear a difference between the two
I doubt it. Lossless is more for archival and transcoding purposes.

Also, technically, FLAC is compressed but it's lossless. Compressed is not the same as lossy.
Think of FLAC as a ZIP file for audio
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