have you seen many flac files ripped directly from the cd being 70%+ compressed?
i'm concerned about losing quality because the files are so small and compressed
Then decompress the files from flac and compare with the ripped originals.If they are identical, you lost nothing.
No, but binary content of the music part of the file (without file headers, just music). Foobar has excellent file compare function, which automatically checks only audio parts.Rip the wav from CD, then leave it, don't delete it. Compress that wav to FLAC with settings you want. Load them both to Foobar. Select them both, right click / utilities / bit-compare tracks.I don't know if that comparator comes with default installation, so you should check that out.There is also probability that you are comparing original release with some remastered release. If the remaster is louder and brickwalled, it would be harder to compress.
There is also probability that you are comparing original release with some remastered release. If the remaster is louder and brickwalled, it would be harder to compress.
I took my ripped flac file, and the downloaded flac file, decoded both of them to wav, then used the same program to reencode both files back to flac. basically the same discrepancy in percent compression and file size still exists.
I also ripped another track from a different cd to flac, and downloaded the same track in flac on a reputable website