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    Easy newby question

    Hi All,

    Just installed Dbpoweramp and a question already: I am looking for the best audio quality rip in to Flac. But what level of setting is best to use? Uncompressed sure, but level 0 or 1 or level 8? Pleae be so kind to enlight me!

    Greetings

    Fred From Holland

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    Re: Easy newby question

    They are all the same, lossless means they all decode to exactly the same, the only difference is the amount of effort required to decode by the player.

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    Re: Easy newby question

    Thanx

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    Re: Easy newby question

    Actually, for FLAC there is hardly any difference in decoding effort -- if you use a conventional hard drive, it might even read faster on -8, because the file is smaller. The differences are in encoding speed, and encoding is something you do only once.

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    Re: Easy newby question

    Hi Fred,

    As I understand it, as far as audio quality goes, the level setting makes no difference in Flac.

    What it does is produce smaller - but identical sounding - files the higher the level so Level 8 files will be smaller but sound exactly the same as level 1 files.

    Level 8 takes a little longer to process than level 1 and is more processor intensive, but on modern CPUs the difference in ripping speed is negligible so I'd recommend to always rip level 8.

    I'm sure Spoon will be along to correct me if I've made any mistakes in my summary :-)

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