Very interesting, Paul. I had wondered how "pure" it was.
On Sun, May 10, 2015 at 8:19 PM, Paul Stamler <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 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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