PDA

View Full Version : FLAC question



Simon Turner
2004-03-26, 17:34
Nothing gets lost. Flac files are lossless. The 1 to 8 refers to the amount
of compression flac will apply to a file. 55% is about an average. 8 should
make them smaller and 0 will make them bigger, but compression will be
quicker. The amount of compression flac can gain depends upon the original
file. Bearing in mind the price of hard disks nowadays the question is
becoming.. "why bother compressing them at all?".

Simon Turner
Brighton UK


> -----Original Message-----
> From: discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
> [mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com]On Behalf Of Ken Veasey
> Sent: 26 March 2004 23:54
> To: discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
> Subject: [slim] FLAC question
>
>
> Bit of a basic question, but here goes. I'm just venturing down the
> path of converting to flac. Using Windows I am extracting my CDs using
> Exact Audio Copy and in a separate operation converting to flac using
> FLAC Frontend (I like the comfort of a GUI). The first couple of CDs I
> have done are coming in at just over 55% of the original wave size.
>
> Does this sound correct?
>
> I note that there is a setting in FLAC Frontend called "Encoding
> Options" with a level going from 0 to 8. Having tried the two extremes
> there is not a significant difference in the resulting files but set
> at 0 the encoding is very quick and I assume therefore something may
> get lost. What's the suggested approach?
>
> Ken Veasey
>
>
>

Daryle A. Tilroe
2004-03-27, 09:29
Simon Turner wrote:

> file. Bearing in mind the price of hard disks nowadays the question is
> becoming.. "why bother compressing them at all?".

Doubling the capacity of your HDD is nothing to sneeze at. Particularly
since I have to RIP the CD anyhow and flacing it at the same time
with EAC is utterly painless. I use 8 since with my 2200+ it does
it almost as fast as I can remember to put in another CD to rip.

Shortly (right slimguys? update perhaps?) there may be another very
good reason for compression with native flac on the Squeezebox. You
will halve the required bandwidth and double the buffer time. This
will be great for us with long distances between Squeezeboxes and
access points and multiple Squeezeboxes.

--
Daryle A. Tilroe