Is it even worth buying mp3s?

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Is it even worth buying mp3s?

Post by nobody » Sat Feb 07, 2015 6:07 pm

Or should I start getting WAV/AIFF whatever, I don't see why some shops charge more for the higher bit rate, will 320 be obsolete soon? I can't tell the difference, and with the way things are going, USBs are going to be able to hold bare terabytes so the size of WAVs isn't really en excuse to not buy them.

320s sound find when played out IMO, agree?

Reckon there will be a higher bit rate format out ever? Is there any point?
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Re: Is it even worth buying mp3s?

Post by dickman69 » Sun Feb 08, 2015 1:42 am

The size in relation to cpu space & download speed keeps me getting mp3s but w unlimited space i would prob get wavs
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Re: Is it even worth buying mp3s?

Post by syrup » Sun Feb 08, 2015 1:47 am

FLACs are a good compromise, as they are smaller than WAVS but lossless and tagged.
Not all sites sell em though.

edit: i reckon 320's sound alright on a system, but i bet someone will argue with that
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Re: Is it even worth buying mp3s?

Post by nowaysj » Sun Feb 08, 2015 2:26 am

syrup wrote:FLACs are a good compromise, as they are smaller than WAVS but lossless and tagged.
What's the deal with Flac, seems like a no brainer. Smaller than waves, but lossless... But I've got some block with Flac, like some creeping suspicion that there is something wrong, some catch.

Fucking Flacs, can't trust 'em, I say.
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Re: Is it even worth buying mp3s?

Post by Phigure » Sun Feb 08, 2015 2:33 am

you can transcode wav > flac > wav and then use a checksum to compare the two wavs, they'll be 100% identical.
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Re: Is it even worth buying mp3s?

Post by sixs » Sun Feb 08, 2015 2:37 am

Wav is uncompressed lossless, flac is compressed lossless essentially
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Re: Is it even worth buying mp3s?

Post by nowaysj » Sun Feb 08, 2015 2:48 am

Phigure wrote:you can transcode wav > flac > wav and then use a checksum to compare the two wavs, they'll be 100% identical.
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Re: Is it even worth buying mp3s?

Post by ezza » Sun Feb 08, 2015 3:22 am

you really cant tell the difference imo. and all of my lecturers say the same

im sure wolf can hear the difference tho
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Post by wolf89 » Sun Feb 08, 2015 4:57 am

The volume level used in the design of the codec as a basis for mp3's supposed lack of perceivable loss is pretty quiet though I read. Could possibly explain why people say they sound worse played out on a system. I dunno. Will have to find what I read again.

Also FLAC is lossless the same way you can put shit in and out a zip folder basically.
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Post by nowaysj » Sun Feb 08, 2015 5:12 am

Maybe it is the sound of the word. Flac doesn't really have positive connotations in our shared language.
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Re: Is it even worth buying mp3s?

Post by mks » Sun Feb 08, 2015 5:49 am

You fucking nerds, 230 kbps is the best.

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Post by mason666 » Sun Feb 08, 2015 8:30 am

420 kbps blasé it ******
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Re: Is it even worth buying mp3s?

Post by garethom » Sun Feb 08, 2015 10:42 am

When did kbps go over 96?!

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Post by Samuel_L_Damnson » Sun Feb 08, 2015 10:51 am

420 kbps > flac cos its got a number
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Re: Is it even worth buying mp3s?

Post by nobody » Sun Feb 08, 2015 12:38 pm

Pioneer CDJs don't read FLACs IIRC
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Post by nowaysj » Sun Feb 08, 2015 1:33 pm

See that. Stabbed in the back by a Flac. (Read in biggie voice)
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Re: Is it even worth buying mp3s?

Post by AxeD » Sun Feb 08, 2015 1:57 pm

MP3 does the job most of the time. Even though it compresses at about 1:11
and ditches quite a lot of audio data, it masks it pretty well too.
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Re: Is it even worth buying mp3s?

Post by wolf89 » Sun Feb 08, 2015 2:08 pm

mp3 is redundant really. Why bother in this day and age. I avoid it at all costs outside of putting music on my phone
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Re: Is it even worth buying mp3s?

Post by nobody » Sun Feb 08, 2015 2:14 pm

I think you're right, AIFFS/FLACs from now on for me
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Re: Is it even worth buying mp3s?

Post by hubb » Sun Feb 08, 2015 2:16 pm

wolf89 wrote:The volume level used in the design of the codec as a basis for mp3's supposed lack of perceivable loss is pretty quiet though I read. Could possibly explain why people say they sound worse played out on a system. I dunno. Will have to find what I read again.

Also FLAC is lossless the same way you can put shit in and out a zip folder basically.
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It will sound as if there's a bad amp or less amplification and some point in the signal chain will have to use more gain than it's meant to. Might not sound bad tho.

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