Once more: Time for a new lossless codec comparision? 2012-04-27 13:30:50 Hi all,The recent activity on the FLAC-dev mailing list (it's alive again!) has reminded me of something I announced some time ago here but didn't really finish: make a new comparison of lossless codec performance, because most tests are pretty outdated or not very comprehensive. While there isn't much development at the moment (which I pity) especially TAK has developed and I hope FLAC maintenance development will soon turn to improvement. As I still have all code of last time I made a comparison (I got it cleaned up and running in about 2 hours) the hardest thing to get right is the selection of music. That's why I set up this thread.Test structureI will make several comparisons, as last time it became clear that codecs perform very different when given different material. This asks for several tests for different genres. Moreover, the overall test has to be balanced too. While my taste in music is quite diverse, I hope you can help me cover the voids. I've set up some categories, Heavy (mostly metal), Rock, Electronic, Pop, Jazz, World Music, Orchestral, (Classical) Chamber music, Single-instrument/voice and pre-mix material. The starred items will be included in the main test, I'll try to take 5 out of every 'main' genre. Every item (that is, every album) is equally weighted in the final comparison.Your opinion is important! So, first of all, which 'main' genres are missing and which categories would you like to be included in the test? If you suggest a genre of category, please recommend me some CD's to buy which more or less 'span' the whole genre. Second, do you think these lists 'span' the whole genre depicted? Please keep in mind it is of course impossible to include every sub-genre, max 5 per genre would be nice.Heavy*Mercenary - 11 Dreams *Dream Theater - OctavariumNightwish - OceanbornLinkin Park - Meteora*System of a Down - Mezmerize*Apocalyptica - Inquisition Symphony*Metallica - Death MagneticSlipknot - All Hope is GoneBlind Guardian - A Twist in the MythRock (a.k.a less heavy)*Paramore - Brand new Eyes*Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium*Foo Fighters - Wasting Light*Nickelback - Black Horse (Onder heavy?)*Guns and Roses - Chinese Democracy30 seconds to Mars - This is WarMuse - H.A.A.R.P. (live from Wembley)Electronic*Daft Punk - TRON Legacy R3CONF1GUR3D*Daft Punk - Discovery (which is quite a different subgenre compared to previous entry)*Tiësto - In Search of Sunrise 7: Asia*The Prodigy - Invaders must Die (?)*NIN - The Slip (Is dat Electronic?)Pop*5CD's of various popsongs*Duffy - Endlessly*Coldplay - Viva la vida or death and all his friends*Katie Melua - The Katie Melua Collection*Avril Lavigne - Let GoBLØF - UmojaJazz, Soul*The Rosenberg Trio - Djangologists (sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOC-xZOWFnc)*John Coltrane - Kind of Coltrane (Live at the half note '63, Vol 1 + 2)*Joss Stone - Mind, Body and Soul(I need some more here)World music/Folk (very hard to define indeed )*Various - World Music Instruments, Single Reed Instruments (Clarinet)*Fanfare Ciocarlia - Baro Biao (gypsy brass band)(please suggest additions)Orchestral*Verdi Requiem*Carneval des AnimeauxLe Sacre du printemps / Petrouchka*Bach, Magnificat + Mahler, Symfonie nr. 1Holst - The Planets*The Lord of the Rings - Two Towers (complete recordings)Chamber Music*2 CD's worth of chamber music*Some unaccompanied chamber choir recordingSingle instrument*EBU Sound Quality Assessment Material (SQAM) CDSome of my chamber music recordings (hints for myself: kamermuziekexamen + KaMu-blend)Excerpts from Yann Tiersens Good Bye Lenin and Amelie Poulain*Ehren Starks - Lines Build WallsNot categorized (only to balance the overall test)*BLØF - April (to add some slow, balad-like music)*Halo: Reach soundtrack*Some pre-mix, 24-bit material (chamber-music, orchestral music, jazz)Finally, please don't get upset about the choices I made making this list, just tell what you think is wrong. My musical taste is mainly in classical, rock and metal, so I tried to do the others as well as I could. Music and it's divions into genres is subject of much debate, but that's not the point of this list. Thanks in advance!