Thursday, November 15, 2012
Posted by JW
Do you have a significant investment in audio equipment and want to get the most range from your music collection? Do you want the crisp highs and deep bass you’re used to from CD’s? Then stop listening to audio compressed in the outdated MP3 format! Anytime audio is compressed, even with 320kbps quality MP3s, some range is sacrificed to reduce the file size and sound artifacts can occur.
For true studio sound, lossless formats such as an uncompressed WAV (Waveform Audio File Format), or a compressed FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec), are the better option, even though they require more storage space. The smaller file size of the lossless FLAC is great for music collections, supports tagging for artist and album information, and is ideal for streaming audio because it is fast seeking. One note of caution if you’re straying away from your computer, while FLAC is a popular lossless audio format, not all devices, like car stereos, will support playback without modification.
Additionally, editing music in lossless formats, like with our WavePad Audio Editor Software, means you can exercise more control, on more sound data than with other formats. Starting with the highest quality possible source will result in the best final product. Use our other audio tools, like Switch Audio File Converter Software, to batch convert audio files between formats, for example if you don’t have room for your FLAC collection on your gym iPod.
Give your equipment and ears the quality they deserve!