Hi Fi Encoding

Discussion in 'iPod' started by aminadab, Apr 21, 2006.

  1. aminadab macrumors regular

    May 3, 2005
    Portland, Oregon
    Hi, I'm sure this has been brought up before, but I'm having trouble generating keywords to search with. I'm looking for the best possible audio encoding software. I have an ipod and some etymotic reference headphones. I currently rip at apple "loseless" and find the quality to be ok/fine. Are there any other products I should be looking at? I'm not worried about space; I'm going for quality. I just need the app to be able to let me put the files on my ipod. Thanks very much from a novice.
  2. NicP macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2005
    You cant get higher quality than lossless, with lossless you get exactly the same as what is on the cd, thats why its called lossless!
  3. sjpetry macrumors 65816


    Oct 28, 2004
    Tamarindo, Costa Rica
    Use WAV.

    And no matter what people say their will always be something lost in anything that is less than the original (in size) .

    And I bet that the output of a iPod is not Audiophile.
  4. JordanNZ macrumors 6502a

    Apr 29, 2004
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Lossess is just that... It doesn't degrade the data (ie sound). It's just like zipping a wave file, it comes out exactly the same as it did before it was compressed.

    And the headphone amp in the iPod is extremely high quality.
  5. solaris macrumors 6502a


    Apr 19, 2004
    Oslo, Norway
    Ever heard of zip, rar, etc.?
    A lossless audio encoder work in the exact same way. Compressing the content to a smaller filesize, but keep the content intact so it can be decompressed to its original state.
  6. howesey macrumors 6502a

    Dec 3, 2005
    AIFF if your on a Mac.

    Remember though, a WAV file can contain any form of encoded sound such as MPEG, WMA, RAW etc. It's only a container file type.
  7. howesey macrumors 6502a

    Dec 3, 2005
    However the DAC is awful.
  8. Revlimit Punk macrumors regular

    Revlimit Punk

    Jan 8, 2006
    There is zero difference in quality between uncompressed formats (AIFF, WAV) or lossless formats (such as Apple lossless, flac, ape...) and the original source CD.
    If you are noticing a difference, either your playback software is flawed or your brain is tricking you into thinking there is a difference (but there isn't any).
  9. NicP macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2005
    Lol, how very wrong you are, i suggest you learn a thing or two about compression

    Let me give you a quick example

    "does lossless compression work? Yes! lossless compression does work!"

    Take the above statement

    Lets say "does " = 1
    "lossless compression " = 2
    and "work" = 3

    I can now say "123? Yes! 213!"

    What was once 69 charactors is now 50 (if we include the assignments we did)

    So we have less than the original size, yet no data is lost! This is a very crude example of lossless compression

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