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post #11 of 40
I'd say if you listen to a particular album/band/song/what ever, then by all means get FLAC if you have nice headphones/soundcard. But MOST people agree that V0 is the perfect balance between quality and size. I personally prefer V0, but to each his own.

FLAC freelech ftw! (if you don't get that, don't worry).
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Originally Posted by cuy50 View Post
I'd say if you listen to a particular album/band/song/what ever, then by all means get FLAC if you have nice headphones/soundcard. But MOST people agree that V0 is the perfect balance between quality and size. I personally prefer V0, but to each his own.

FLAC freelech ftw! (if you don't get that, don't worry).
I think I'll do both for now until I can get a MP3 Player that supports lossless..and has to room to spare.

(And no, I don't get it )

EDIT: For ripping from CD to FLAC in foobar, should I use the default level 5, or is another one better/worse?
Edited by nate911 - 5/20/08 at 2:04pm
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Heh, HDbits user?

Yeah, FLAC isn't common with the portables. I'd look for something that plays OGG files, then just encode to a high quality.
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I think I'll do both for now until I can get a MP3 Player that supports lossless..and has to room to spare.

(And no, I don't get it )

EDIT: For ripping from CD to FLAC in foobar, should I use the default level5, or is another one better/worse?
Default 5 is perfect .
post #15 of 40
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Heh, HDbits user?

Yeah, FLAC isn't common with the portables. I'd look for something that plays OGG files.
Is OGG lossless or lossy? How does it compare to FLAC?
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post #16 of 40
If you want a MP3 player to play FLAC, get a MP3 player and load RockBox on it (Make sure its compatible first).

Rockbox is opensource firmware for a few MP3 players, and gives them quite a few more features than the stock firmware does. RockBox Utility is the simple installer for rockbox, no more messing with firmware updates, etc.
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Is OGG lossless or lossy? How does it compare to FLAC?
It is lossy, but it's better than MP3 (and truly free). If you encode with a high enough bitrate, it'll be almost as good as lossless anyway. It'd mean one format overall too.
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If you want a MP3 player to play FLAC, get a MP3 player and load RockBox on it (Make sure its compatible first).

Rockbox is opensource firmware for a few MP3 players, and gives them quite a few more features than the stock firmware does. RockBox Utility is the simple installer for rockbox, no more messing with firmware updates, etc.
I actually have Rockbox on my (old) 1st gen nano, but it still doesn't want to play FLAC-I suspect it's a hardware problem and maybe if I had a newer player it would work.

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It is lossy, but it's better than MP3 (and truly free). If you encode with a high enough bitrate, it'll be almost as good as lossless anyway. It'd mean one format overall too.
Is it better because of the format itself or just higher bitrate?
That sounds good-If I could find a player that supports OGG that would be cool, FLAC would work too. How does the size of OGG compare to MP3/FLAC?
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post #19 of 40
OGG will generally give a better quality-to-size ratio than MP3. It's less common on players because of MP3's popularity, and the fact it requires more CPU power to decode (why it can be more efficient.)

I'm not sure I've ever heard of a player that will play FLAC files. It's just not popular for portable devices. I guess because space is more limited.
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I notice a MAJOR difference while using FLAC with my Bose TriPorts. I mean MAJOR.
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