There is a quick guide here that will be helpful to a beginner XLD Guide
To verify, you just need to compare before and after file to ensure that they are bit-for-bit binary identical.
but not how much of the original data should be lost (because none ever is).
And a Windows PC or emulator since he is on a Mac.
Alternative way to the above post, just for knowledge... -d switch decodes the file and -c decodes it to stdout (standard output) then the output is piped, but you (speak up if I'm somehow wrong) could just as easily use the -t (test) parameter:
Yes, but if I'm not wrong, the OP wanted to test if different XLD flac encoding options
This actually makes things easier: flac -d -c filename.flac | md5
Quote from: Nessuno on 22 April, 2012, 07:00:47 AMThis actually makes things easier: flac -d -c filename.flac | md5metaflac --show-md5sum
Ok, we both know such a test is useless because FLAC is lossless, period.
ok, a lot of this went over my head. are these tests necessary?
I just want to make sure that im not screwing up my files.
You’re not. Lossless is lossless. Again: Compression level affects computation and file-size, not quality.
QuoteYou’re not. Lossless is lossless. Again: Compression level affects computation and file-size, not quality.i see. so if that's the case, then why wouldn't one always opt for the highest compression level?