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  1. #1
    Neil Davidson

    Re: FLAC vs. VBR MP3: should I hearadifference?

    > > -Very- few people can tell the difference between a
    > properly encoded
    > > Mp3 and a FLAC. You'll need a golden system AND golden ears.

    > I have to disagree. Being in my mid-forties, I certainly
    > don't have golden ears (if I ever did) and my system is
    > reasonable but by no means high end. I can tell the
    > difference and I'm sure most folks with normal hearing could.
    > Spotting the signature artefacts of compression is I suppose,
    > a wee bit like looking at those 'magic eye' pictures or
    > spotting the ad-break warning marker on the corner of the TV screen.
    > Most folk don't see them, but once spotted you can't easily
    > fail to notice them.

    Agreed. Also like spotting JPEG and MPEG artefacts in pictures and videos. I
    know plenty of people that just don't see them until they are pointed out.

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    Good analogy but needs some qualification.

    A DVD is more like a 96kbps mp3.
    A D-Theater tape is more like a 320kbps mp3.

    With D-Theater it is *very* much more difficult to spot the MPEG errors due to its much higher bandwidth. You need much better equipment and knowledgable eyes to see the problems.


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