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Validated News / Re: Opus 1.2 is out!
Last post by IgorC -
What if instead drawing fictional lines we would organize public listening test? Previous tests were done at 64 and 96 kbps. So possibilities are 128k or 32-48k test.

All 3 codecs Vorbis/AAC/Opus would be on par at 128 kbps  with an excellent scores about ~4.7-4.8 approaching transparency. It might be interesting but in pretty limited cases if You ask me.

So we end with ~32-48 kbps. HE-AACv2,v1 and Opus are the only serious competitors at those rates (Vorbis and MP3 won't be competitive at such low rates. still can be included for a full picture).

Opus 1.2.1 already does very good job and it's to suppose that 1.3 will be even better at those rates.
It's a possibility for low rate test in 2018. What do you think?
General - (fb2k) / Re: Playlist location going forward
Last post by fretless -
Set it to back up "playlists*".   Problem solved.
Validated News / Re: FLAC v1.3.2 Final
Last post by eahm -
I remember this was asked in the past but I'm not sure where at this point, will FLAC ever support 8+ channels? I am asking for the ATMOS audio tracks, are the extra channels over 7.1 different channels or just extra information from these channels? Thanks.
Thank you again for your help/advise tips Porcus.  I plan to use Foobar-out-of-the-box, as I am NOT computer savvy.  Sony/Sound Forge Audio Studio 10 makes both WAV and FLAC files for me so I'm OK in that regard. Also, I'm not just digitizing my mixes directly form my analog tapes, I'm re-creating them.  I still have the vinyl records I used to make the tapes (pristine condition, only played them once or twice, when I recorded my tapes - my kids are going to make a ton of $$$ selling them when I'm gone!)
FLAC / Re: Apple IOS 11 to support FLAC
Last post by eric.w -
I just updated, and found macOS High Sierra now plays FLAC in Finder. (The Quick Look feature, where you press "Space" with a file selected.)

iTunes doesn't accept FLAC files dragged-and-dropped on it, though.
So should I use FAAC 1.28 for now?
FAAC 1.29.7 will be better than 1.28, but until quality improvements arrive, it's best to use a different encoder if possible. You can use Apple's Core Audio AAC Encoder with fre:ac 1.1 Alpha if you have iTunes installed. The Core Audio encoder seems to provide the best quality at the moment.
Opus / Re: Point of transparency of Opus 1.2
Last post by halb27 -
Did some Foobar2k ABX testing using the "Bachpsichord" and "Applaud" samples:

Bachpsichord sample*
  Opus@64kbps          : Guessing Probability 0.0%
Applaud sample*
  Opus@64kbps, @96kbps : Guessing Probability 0.0%
Well, the more interesting question (at least to me) is: what an Opus bitrate setting does it take to have a) applaud, b) barpsichord being transparent to you.
So should I use FAAC 1.28 for now?

Please delete, still testing.
General Audio / Re: Album Art Downloader XUI
Last post by mobyduck -
I have a PC running Windows 10 Pro 64bits with .NET Framework v4.7: do I have to install v3.5 or is Album Art Downloader installer supposed to work with the latest Framework?

I tried and it doesn't work, but I thought I'd ask before installing another .NET version.