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General Audio / Re: CD quality v. 24bit (HD) observation
Last post by Porcus -
I’ve done my share of ABX testing, and have determined under which circumstances I can truly appreciate 24bit over 16bit (see above)
I see nothing such above.
“... Most of my listening via the hardware I use the most often (car audio, workout earbuds, family room theatre) isn’t going to result in the differences I’m hearing with headcans & DAC/AMP anyway. ...”
Shit talking is not ABX testing. Show your evidence.
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General - (fb2k) / Re: Default UI lexicographic order incorrect
Last post by Snowknight26 -
The album list doesn't sort the tracks when it exposes them to the library viewer playlist. Please take a look at the string in preferences for sorting incoming files by. Group settings make no guarantee about sort order, and will happily produce a bunch of disjointed groupings if the tracks load out of order.

Preferences -> Shell Integration -> 'Sort incoming files by' doesn't have any effect on the Library Viewer Selection playlist, at least when used in conjunction with the Album List element.
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Other Lossy Codecs / Re: exhale - Open Source xHE-AAC encoder
Last post by Kraeved -
Playback goes smooth when I seek USAC files produced by EZ CD Audio Converter with Foobar 1.6.5, fdk-acc packed decoder 1.17 and WASAPI Shared, whereas files produced by Exhale sound scratched for a second or two after changing playback position.
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General Audio / Re: CD quality v. 24bit (HD) observation
Last post by m.shaffer -
I’ve done my share of ABX testing, and have determined under which circumstances I can truly appreciate 24bit over 16bit (see above)
I see nothing such above.
“... Most of my listening via the hardware I use the most often (car audio, workout earbuds, family room theatre) isn’t going to result in the differences I’m hearing with headcans & DAC/AMP anyway. ...”
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General Audio / Re: CD quality v. 24bit (HD) observation
Last post by m.shaffer -
Regarding my audio hardware and software, you’re missing the point of my op. I simply posed an observation regarding some HD and CD quality tracks being encoded by codecs at settings that should’ve resulted in kbps rates as high as nearly 400 if well engineered, but which the result rate was lower than 250. I posed the question... were these audio tracks worthy of CD quality in the 1st place? The question was pretty much answered above by DVDdoug and saratoga.

I’ve done my share of ABX testing, and have determined under which circumstances I can truly appreciate 24bit over 16bit (see above), and which of my favorite artists are likely to produced music worthy of 24bit and being able to hear differences. I am not going to ABX every album I intend to purchase just for deciding if the extra expense might be worthwhile. Most of my listening via the hardware I use the most often (car audio, workout earbuds, family room theatre) isn’t going to result in the differences I’m hearing with headcans & DAC/AMP anyway. My op was about questioning the original quality based on results of codecs on CDs yielding bitrates lower than expected. The answer received... no simple rule of thumb because its complicated.
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