Post by Chris from Lafayette
OK, first thing: where did you get this 96/32 file? What musical
selection was it? What software were you using?
And what audio equipment you are using... (question mark omitted).
What would actually be nice is if labels & institutions offering
higher resolution releases would allow us to audition & decide for
As it happens, just yesterday I purchased an album download where
I was presented with an array of choices (at different price points).
I ended up going for CD FLAC, after debating. If it was an album
I'd anticipated really thinking was great, or music I thought in
advance would require more resolution to hear.... But then, why
am I trying to decide these things without an audition? It seems
In another corner of this "formats" experience, I'm also in an
ongoing process of re-ripping a bunch of material into FLAC, after
I'd done it into mp3 about 10 years ago. People told me, don't put
all that time into a lossy format, but I was only using it for
traveling, i.e. bad sound scenarios, and plus I had disk space
limitations. Now I'm using the laptop more often to feed sound
into the home stereo and/or having better connection options (although
certainly not everywhere) when elsewhere.
And hearing the mp3 artifacts is a real drag. "What's that clicking?"
asked two different people regarding an album with a bunch of string
glissandi, but that I could find only in mp3.... Well, it's what
mp3 encoding does to string glissandi. Etc.
But where I care more is on hazy albums where it's hard to pick out