Feb 9, 2019

Flac Music

Where do I buy flac music and what’s a good tutorial on how to play it. I currently am just streaming off of Spotify Premium and have no idea how to get into Flac?
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LuckyLuke575 and rastus
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I listen to FLAC streaming via Tidal. Its very similar to Spotify, and has a great music library and audio quality. Hi-Fi mode is FLAC 44 kHz/16 bit (equivalent to 1,411 mbps) and Master mode is MQA 96 kHz/24bit (somewhere around 5,000 mbps equivalent). With the right headphones and dac/amp combination it definitely adds to the overall experience. There's a USD 20 monthly fee for the Hi-Fi membership that includes the Hi-Fi and Master mode, but I feel that its worthwhile given the integration with all the devices I use, and the convenience of not having to pay for and download music files everywhere. They offer a free trial period so its easy to try out and see if you like it.
im buying from hdtacks and use foobar. enjoying it very much.
Best places to buy FLAC files IMO Bandcamp.com HDtracks.com (sign up for newsletter and wait for discount codes) I use Poweramp on Android, Neutron is also good player. A huge number of desktop applications play FLAC at various levels of compression/encoding but I use JRiver. Ripping CD's to FLAC is also an option and EAC (Exact Audio Copy) works pretty well for that purpose. If you want to stream some FLAC give TIDAL a try. I recently picked it back up again and it's library has grown to almost the same level as Spotify. Ignore the people who claim audiophiles and recording engineers struggle to hear the difference. Don't let anyone make you feel bad for noticing or not noticing a difference. Every set of ears is different as are the playback chains. Some music just doesn't have enough complexity to benefit from lossless codecs. I can enjoy music as low as 128kbps but also appreciate the 1x/2xDSD andPCM encoding beyond 44.1khz/16 bit.
Well written white paper; the digital age of PCM & DSD and how to play in the sandbox (mp3 should just die): http://m.marantz.co.uk/DocumentMaster/master/Marantz_DAC_White_Paper_6th_March-2018.pdf One place I buy from: https://store.acousticsounds.com/c/365/Digital_Download I have Audivarna as a player: https://audirvana.com/
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Most any audio player worth their salt will natively support FLAC. FLAC is pretty uncommon for consumers because it is a lossless format, which means all of the original data is retained so it has a bunch of data that you likely will not be able to perceive, and consequently the file sizes are about 3-4 times what a comparable MP3 file will be. Audiophiles and even trained professionals will be hard pressed to hear the different between a properly encoded 320kbps MP3, Vorbis (OGG), and FLAC files, but FLAC does have its place, in the professional side. Personally, my favorite place for FLAC files is from Bandcamp. You can also rip tracks from audio CDs and save them as FLACs as well. Just bear in mind that FLAC files will only sound as good as the source - there isn't anything else inherently superior about FLAC other than it retains 100% of the source data. Personally, I recommend Vorbis, but I don't think iDevices support it well - it is natively supported on Linux, Android, and most players in Windows. VLC is an excellent crossplatform player that will play both FLAC and Vorbis (.ogg).