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What are people mainly compressing at these days? Have folks shifted up the compression to -8 as technology has improved or do some people feel they have more peace of mind at a lower level for whatever reason?
I certainly wouldn't re-rip a load of my CDs to -8 compression just because technology has improved! There is nothing wrong with my FLAC files that were compressed at level -5, and it is all going to sound the same anyway.
Personally, my very subjective instinct is that the -5/-6 region just feels safe and robust in every aspect, that's purely psychological i'm sure
I ran a benchmark on over 5,000 FLACs and determined the overall gain in disk space of FLAC -8 over FLAC -5 to be exactly 485 MiB for a total of 134 GiB.
I did a test a while back on 300+ full albums and this is what I came up with ...
If you're really willing to endure a ~3x slowdown from flac -5 for little benefit, instead of using flac -8 and getting a negligible improvement you could get a still-small-but-10x-bigger improvement by moving to TAK's insane compression.