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Old 08-19-2006, 19:24   #1
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Default What Encoding Level is Best for FLAC?

Hi everyone. I would like to know what Flac level should I encode my music?

I am not concerned about space but the quality of music I get.

I am getting all my music off my cd's.

Also is Flac truly lossless?

Is their another lossless format you believe is better than Flac?

I encoded all my music at level 5 using Flac onto my pc hard drive then onto my Cowon IAudio U3 but every now and then I would sense a skipping in songs...It doesn't happen often but it happened several times. Both when I play my songs off my pc and my U3.

Please...your help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 08-19-2006, 22:39   #2
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What level depends on what you're playing it back on. Some players aren't going to handle -8, but most do.

No other lossless format has better traction than FLAC, even though at least one (Wavpack) is technically superior in every way.
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Old 08-20-2006, 04:29   #3
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^^ Ditto what he said, plus....

The quality will be the same no matter what encoding level you use, only the size of the resultant file and the power requirements for decoding said file will be different (the more compressed it is, the more CPU power is needed).

FLACs are indeed lossless. If you reconvert a FLAC to WAV, you should get a bit-identical copy of the original WAV you encoded. Think of it as zip compression for digital audio. (and Rar, 7zip, etc., are equivalent to the competing lossless audio formats like OptimFrog, Ape and the aforementioned Wavpak).
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