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is there a trick to it without converting them and distorting the sound, etc, etc.
the trick is: don't bother.
download an mp3 converter like dbpoweramp. they have an option to convert to AAC (apple lossless) - no loss in sound quality. only thing is it uses up more space in your itunes library
nobody can hear the `loss` in sound quality
but you probably buy gold-plated cables, and it would be a shame to admit what a waste of money that is.
AAC is lossy
didn't you once say HD was pointless because nobody could tell the difference?
can't remember it now though
with a dedicated player through even half decent speakers. Fidelia is great for Mac.
maybe your speakers are subject to sympathetic yawing?
tried cutting off every 2nd corner of the books in your bookcase? (an actual tip I read once)
please, please, please find the link about cutting off the corners of books. Please.
was in an old hi-fi mag talking about the "silliest tweaks" they've ever seen
...that you drew round the edges of CDs with to filter out certain ranges of light to improve playback quality?
I'm freezing all of my CDs tonight
and record your vinyls to mp3 for really warm sounding files
Just wanted to say that...
a lossy MP3 on my ipod plugged into the same stereo but the difference is so fucking subtle that it doesn't matter. Can't tell the difference if it's 256kbps aac or above. I only mean 128kbps.
if you have a massive amount of space and want to play it through a really good setup or when DJing. Even then unless the source is top notch and perfectly recorded, it is pointless.
...but I think it's worth hanging on to FLACs if you have them.
Always remember when I got my first iPod and I ripped all my CDs at 128 so I could fit more on. I thought "well, i only use headphones, so it's fine. I always play CDs at home".
Then years later I end up ripping everything again 'cos they sounded quiet and shit when I finally bought a decent stereo that didn't even have a CD player in it.
You might win the lottery and buy some insane set up, but you'll be stuck with MP3s all because of some squabble on a message board.
Downloaded it as flac and mp3, and just archived the former :)
I did a bunch of tests to see what bitrate I should use, by ripping a control song at 320, 256, 224, 192 and 128 kbps. Then I played them on shuffle to see if I could tell the difference. Whatever came out with the best quality-to-space ratio, I'd use for the whole lot.
The 128 track did sound rattier than the rest, I remember. 320 was basically CD quality, no drop-off that I could hear. But as for the ones in the middle, I honestly couldn't tell:
320: CD quality
256: same as 320 to my ears
224: same as 256
192: kind of the same as 224?
I though I could tell a difference between 192 and 320, but that could have been my inner audiophile saying, 'it's so lossy!'. 256 and 224 were the same, at or damn near CD quality.
It came down to space in the end - I only had a 220GB HD at the time. No point doing 320 if 256 was the same to me, so it was either 256 or 224.
The difference between 265 and 224 over the whole collection was about 7GB, and I was approaching the limit of HD space. So I went for 224 kbps, so I didn't have to delete Neon Genesis Evangelion from my computer.
Haven't regretted it since, and since I generally listen through a phone and headphones, it meets my needs perfectly. And I really can't be fucked to go through all those discs again.
So do a similar controlled test to see if FLACs are really necessary for you, I'd say. Although maybe don't use a My Bloody Valentine song like I did the first time.
The only one mentioned in the thread is a pay one, and the reviews of most of the free ones on sites such as CNet are terrible.
has a free months trial, and i'm still using that despite it being a year later. not sure how
320kbps will serve most peoples needs in terms of audio quality just fine, anything lower than 256 sounds significantly flatter and anything above 320 is so subtle that only those with the best DAC's and Speakers/Headphones will notice and even then it'll be a small difference. Not worth the extra storage space if you ask me.