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« Thread started on: Jan 10th, 2017, 3:13pm »

I have a problem playing Flac format music. It appears very distorted.. Does anyone know why?..

Mp3 plays fine!
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« Reply #1 on: Jan 10th, 2017, 3:37pm »

on Jan 10th, 2017, 3:13pm, Noni wrote:
I have a problem playing Flac format music. It appears very distorted.. Does anyone know why?..

Mp3 plays fine!


It's the system you're using not the format. The amplifier from your PC or device to your speakers is using analogue and not HDMI connections, right? Because the quality of MP3 is compressed, compared to FLAC the sound quality doesn't sound as bad
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« Reply #2 on: Jan 10th, 2017, 3:51pm »

I'm using a computer to speakers
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« Reply #3 on: Jan 10th, 2017, 4:06pm »

on Jan 10th, 2017, 3:51pm, Noni wrote:
I'm using a computer to speakers


But what's in between? What's your sound card like? Are they Bluetooth speakers or analogue? What's the impedience of the speakers?
All these things lead to FLAC overloading the speakers which is your problem
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« Reply #4 on: Jan 10th, 2017, 4:30pm »

on Jan 10th, 2017, 4:06pm, Yild4Genesis wrote:
But what's in between? What's your sound card like? Are they Bluetooth speakers or analogue? What's the impedience of the speakers?
All these things lead to FLAC overloading the speakers which is your problem


Bluetooth speakers
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« Reply #5 on: Jan 11th, 2017, 07:47am »

*waits for audiophiles vs. casual listeners flame war*
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« Reply #6 on: Jan 11th, 2017, 10:46am »

I can listen to FLAC on my computer thru wired speakers, but I can't burn FLAC files. You may have to find a conversion program to convert tthe FLAC files to mp3 files. Personally, I don't hear any difference between FLAC files and high quality 320 kbps mp3 files, which is my preferred format.
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« Reply #7 on: Jan 11th, 2017, 11:29am »

I'm guessing that it's a software issue converting your flac files, or possibly some kind of connectivity anomaly.

What precisely is the chain from file to speaker in your set up?
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« Reply #8 on: Jan 11th, 2017, 2:17pm »

on Jan 11th, 2017, 10:46am, CountingOutTime wrote:
I can listen to FLAC on my computer thru wired speakers, but I can't burn FLAC files. You may have to find a conversion program to convert tthe FLAC files to mp3 files. Personally, I don't hear any difference between FLAC files and high quality 320 kbps mp3 files, which is my preferred format.


I'm like you, cannot tell the difference. I think Yild4Genesis is right, the fact I need to hard wire my speakers rather then using bluetooth. Most of my files are 320 kbps mp3 and the sound is awesome!... When we lost records to cd's, I was over the moon as I hated those crackle and pops. Now the LP's have come back in fashion to my surprise, which appears to be better in sound quality, again cannot tell the difference. sad

So at the moment the 320 kbps does well for me under my present set-up. Thank you Yild4Genesis for your comments as I did try to google this question and your answer makes sense. smiley I have a few lossless files which I cannot play that was sent to me a while back. Yes I can convert these to mp3's so not a problem!! smiley
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« Reply #9 on: Jan 11th, 2017, 3:43pm »

Found this link!...
http://www.whathifi.com/forum/wi-fi/streaming-flac-bluetooth-does-it-makes-sense

It appears that Bluetooth devices compress its files to a 328 kbps and not totally lossless. So 320 kbps would not make a huge difference over 328 kbps.. So lossless files are useless with bluetooth!...

The most important aspect buying a bluetooth device or product, is make sure it supports aptX.. Most computers support this.
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« Reply #10 on: Jan 11th, 2017, 4:35pm »

If you hardwire your speakers you need to be sure you have decent soundcard-5.1 surround is best. And decent speakers with high impedience
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« Reply #11 on: Jan 11th, 2017, 5:09pm »

on Jan 11th, 2017, 4:35pm, Yild4Genesis wrote:
If you hardwire your speakers you need to be sure you have decent soundcard-5.1 surround is best. And decent speakers with high impedience


I'm assuming 8 ohms?
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« Reply #12 on: Jan 12th, 2017, 06:30am »

on Jan 11th, 2017, 10:46am, CountingOutTime wrote:
I can listen to FLAC on my computer thru wired speakers, but I can't burn FLAC files. You may have to find a conversion program to convert tthe FLAC files to mp3 files. Personally, I don't hear any difference between FLAC files and high quality 320 kbps mp3 files, which is my preferred format.


Or, better still, just unpack them to be wave files, which is what they are. You can then make mp3 files from those, if that is your choice, but why lose quality when you don't have to?

Henry is probably right, it's a software issue, not everything can handle flac, thus the simple solution is unpack them. I use Highcriteria's Total Recorder, mainly as I already have it for other reasons. I think it can batch file convert flac's, though it's been so long I can't remember, but it certainly can do it.

Bluetooth will be an issue too, and personally I'd never use it for anything more than casual listening (if I had to, which I don't), and again, Noni's link suggests Henry is right.
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« Reply #13 on: Jan 12th, 2017, 1:24pm »

on Jan 12th, 2017, 06:30am, foxfeeder wrote:
Or, better still, just unpack them to be wave files, which is what they are. You can then make mp3 files from those, if that is your choice, but why lose quality when you don't have to?

Henry is probably right, it's a software issue, not everything can handle flac, thus the simple solution is unpack them. I use Highcriteria's Total Recorder, mainly as I already have it for other reasons. I think it can batch file convert flac's, though it's been so long I can't remember, but it certainly can do it.

Bluetooth will be an issue too, and personally I'd never use it for anything more than casual listening (if I had to, which I don't), and again, Noni's link suggests Henry is right.

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« Reply #14 on: Jan 12th, 2017, 4:47pm »

on Jan 12th, 2017, 1:24pm, HENRY wrote:
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