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post #16 of 24 (permalink) Old 2014-03-14, 12:33 PM
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It does not improve the human perceptible audio quality
I have noticed a difference between CD and MP3/OGG versions of the same song. The differences tend to be subtle, but with one, "A Day In The Life", by the Beatles, the compressed version is missing quite a noticeable amount in the middle.

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post #17 of 24 (permalink) Old 2014-03-14, 01:01 PM
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Its all about individual perception. I can't stand the sound of records. All I hear is pops and hissing over the music.
That being said I really like the sound of old vacuum tube radios over transistor radios. To me the difference is night and day
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post #18 of 24 (permalink) Old 2014-03-14, 05:28 PM
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Hearing difference between compressed MP3's and FLAC does depend on who is comparing and what they are hearing them on, a casual music listener comparing two tracks on a ipod with stock ear buds might not hear a difference . Someone who listens to a lot of music on high quality systems or headphones is more likely to hear a difference.

Some albums I have don't sound very different from MP3s to FLACX because of how they were mixed for the original CD a lot of modern music is compressed in the studio so it sounds the same on radio as it does on CD or on cheap ear buds.

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post #19 of 24 (permalink) Old 2014-06-06, 09:06 PM
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Rockbox os on an 80gb ipod clasic, or any of the other listed players. Dual boots easily between rockbox and the stock firmware and rockbox and the boot loader are very easy and safe to install or remove from within linux or windows.
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post #20 of 24 (permalink) Old 2014-07-04, 07:13 PM
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FIIO makes devices that play FLAC and other lossless formats.
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post #21 of 24 (permalink) Old 2015-11-18, 02:59 PM
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I'm shopping around for a portable Hi-Res media player and was curious if there's a noticeable difference between 192kHz vs 96kHz 24bit downloads or would it be too subtle for the average ear?
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post #22 of 24 (permalink) Old 2015-11-20, 02:57 PM
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The Audio Engineering Society recommends 48 kHz sampling rate for most applications but gives recognition to 44.1 kHz for Compact Disc and other consumer uses, 32 kHz for transmission-related applications, and 96 kHz for higher bandwidth or relaxed anti-aliasing filtering.
You can read more here.

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post #23 of 24 (permalink) Old 2015-11-24, 03:07 AM
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Pono Launches: Specifications & Features

London Drugs now has the Pono up on their tech site, along with a lot of details on the specifications and feature set:

Pono Hi-Res Music Player - Black - NY001BB - London Drugs

Also here's an article about the Pono market launch: Neil Young launches PonoPlayer for high-resolution music in Canada

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post #24 of 24 (permalink) Old 2015-11-24, 09:15 AM
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^^^ Pity .ogg can't be decoded...

If it was, I'd be VERY interested...

Oh well... Another opportunity lost...


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