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post #1 of 17
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Heyo,

Now that I've got all the audiophile's attentions, please don't flame me yet! Listen to my question!

Now, I don't plan on buying a sound card anytime soon. I see no reason *yet* to spend a load of money just for an increase in music quality. That said, will my onboard sound be able to produce a noticeable difference in music between FLAC and 320kbp/s?

If not, I'll just encode my collection in 320 and save a TON of diskspace. If it will, I might as well take the plunge and give it a try.

Thanks!

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post #2 of 17
I would still FLAC it for when you eventually upgrade to a dedicated sound card. There might be some noticeable difference with your onboard, but I wouldn't expect much.
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i love my flacs
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post #4 of 17
It really depends on the person listening... you, in this case.

For example, I can show frame comparisons from a video of highly differing quality, and while it's really easy for me to spot the differences, some of the people I show the comparison to see no difference at all.

It's all about knowing what to look for and not ignoring it - or in your case, knowing what to pay attention to while listening.

Generally FLAC will seem "sharper" and clearer than 320kbps MP3.
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post #5 of 17
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I understand that it depends on the person, and I do notice a large difference between 128kbp/s and 320kbp/s versions of the same song. I know that just stabbed a lot of audiophiles in the heart (that I actually listened to something lower than 320kbp/s lol).

I've ripped a few songs in 320kbp/s and FLAC, and I have a hard time deciphering a difference. Maybe there's subtle differences that my onboard sound cannot reproduce? Either that or my ears are teh fail.

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post #6 of 17
Ultimately, your ears will be the judge that you have to listen to. I love FLAC. With my setup, the difference between FLAC and mP3 is stark. But you've got the commendable attitude of trying things out and forming your own conclusions based on what your ears tell you.
    
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Thanks txt

Hey, where in SoCal do you live? Wanna chill tonight? Lol.

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post #8 of 17
It, in all honesty, depends on the person, like other people have been saying. FLAC, technically is better than 320kbps. Wether there is a noticeable difference is up to the person. Like myself, I can tell the difference between FLAC and 320kbps, my dad and my little brother on the other hand, can't tell a difference.

It also depends on your setup. High end audiophile equipment picks out the flaws in lower quality songs, giving a noticeable difference between FLAC and something else below 320kbps.
Edited by ImmortalKenny - 6/12/08 at 11:44pm
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post #9 of 17
I'd rip everything in FLAC now. going back and reripping several thousand songs is a PITA!!!!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by soloz2 View Post
I'd rip everything in FLAC now. going back and reripping several thousand songs is a PITA!!!!
QFT.

You will never regret having too high of quality, other than maybe HDD space, if you have a huge amount of music. However, having lower quality music and re-ripping will be a royal pain. Do yourself a favor and get the FLAC now.
    
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