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A few questions:

1. How big are FLAC files compared to MP3?

2. I've read that there is a loss in sound quality when cross-encoding. How much of a loss is there, and will that make this not worth it?

3. How much of an improvement would there be over 192kbps MP3s?

4. Is there a "best" or preferred FLAC encoder?

5. Anything else I should know?

Thanks,
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Don't bother. You won't gain anything by going from MP3 to FLAC.
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Don't bother. You won't gain anything by going from MP3 to FLAC.
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Cross-encoding from MP3 to FLAC is worthless. If you re-ripped in FLAC, it'd sound better.
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Cross-encoding from MP3 to FLAC is worthless. If you re-ripped in FLAC, it'd sound better.
Yeah, so I've been reading.

Unfortunately...I've um..."misplaced" most of my CDs...
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Yeah, so I've been reading.

Unfortunately...I've um..."misplaced" most of my CDs...
Then it's not even worth the time, as your songs would end up sounding worse.
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post #7 of 13
yeah, just leave as MP3 and you'll be good.
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post #8 of 13
My FLAC files average at around 30MB each while my 320kbps MP3 songs are around 9MB each.
    
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My FLAC files average at around 30MB each while my 320kbps MP3 songs are around 9MB each.
Really...I didn't know it was that huge a difference.

I realize now that converting from MP3 to FLAC doesn't make any sense, but what about from 192kbps to 320? Will that show some difference in sound quality?
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post #10 of 13
Once the data is gone, it's gone. Converting a 192 kbps file to a 320 kbps file does absolutely nothing. And in many cases, the sound will actually degrade more.

You would need the original source material and encode that to 320 kbps to hear a difference.
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