I have just used winamp to convert some mp3 files to wav for recording to cd (as the tracks are only available on Amazon as mp3 currently).
I was using XP CD burner software so I don't think it will convert from mp3 to wav.
Decompressing an MP3 to WAV is the exact same process as playing back an MP3. You will not get back any of the original "lost" audio data. It's gone for good.The only benefit of using Winamp to convert to do the WAV conversion will be, as Greynol pointed out, that Winamp will properly trim the lead-in and lead-out silence added by the encoding and decoding process (so called "gapless handling"). Very few decoders do this properly, and it is unlikely that your burner software is capable of it.
But how does a decoder get along with the overdrive that is there with most mp3's when it converts to WAV?
Quote from: Paul77 on 18 April, 2012, 11:51:35 AMI was using XP CD burner software so I don't think it will convert from mp3 to wav.CDBurnerXP will be just fine.
Have tried dragging and dropping mp3 file onto cd drive and then clicking on write - it does work in that a track is recorded to disk and it plays on my cd player - so presumably its a wav file but Windows Media Player changed the title to 'Track01.cda' on the disk. I guess this can be changed in the media player.
To compare mp3 to lossless, you need to create the mp3 from the lossless source [...]
Ok so the idea is to create an mp3 from the lossless source (the cd) convert this to wav and then compare the lossless with the wav
- and you need someone to play you the two recordings
without you know which one is which.
Having not done an mp3 to cd comparision before my quick comparision was an interesting startalbeit not upto the rigour required here.
Quote from: Gainless on 19 April, 2012, 06:31:10 AMBut how does a decoder get along with the overdrive that is there with most mp3's when it converts to WAV?What you mean to say is decoded samples that clip when decompressed to fixed-point. Can you demonstrate that this is audible with just one single piece of music that you would actually want to hear on your stereo? If not then this is really a non-issue!
... So the question is basically for me: Does a WAV contain exactly the same information as a decoded mp3 stream out of any audio player?