On 5/10/2015 3:05 PM, Tom Fine wrote:
> Having used FLAC files for years, both creating them and purchasing
> them, I cannot hear any difference from WAV. One of the audiophile
> magazines, I think Absolute Sound, presented some subjective listening
> opinions claiming to hear the difference between FLAC and WAV played
> with one of the non-free playback programs. I cannot hear any difference
> using Foobar 2000 on Windows XP and Windows 7 platforms, Same for using
> the Logitech Squeezebox Touch music streamer, digital output going to my
> Benchmark DAC/preamp. I have most of my CD's ripped to a FLAC archive,
> mostly listened to across the network, either via the Squeezebox in the
> main system or streaming to various other devices via ethernet or wifi.
I can testify also that a .flac file made from a 16-bit original,
expanded back into .wav, is bit-for-bit identical to the original.I
determined this by inverting one of the files, loading the original and
the .wav-to-.flac-to .wav files into a DAW, and summing them. The result
is utter digital -- nary a departure from 000000 in the entire file.
Haven't tried the experiment with 24-bit files, but I'm looking forward
to having the free time to do so.
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