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Lossless / Other Codecs / Re: Which is the best lossless codec?
Last post by Porcus -
In any case, seriously: should one move WMAL to the "other" formats section of the wiki? I see reasons against, but ...

WMAL decoding with FFmpeg should be bitexact.
At least the ticket was closed a couple of years ago.
(Which means that it is not *that* urgent to convert over those files out of fear of waking up to a Win10 update where WMAL is Zune'd forever. Well the chief reason why I am not worried over that, is that I don't have any such files.)

For "pros/cons", I have no idea whether this issue is still current status: https://hydrogenaud.io/index.php/topic,92847.msg818055.html#msg818055
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3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: iPod manager
Last post by TheEmpathicEar -
I used the "Compilation" tag in two different albums: "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 (soundtrack)" and "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (soundtrack)". Only the latter displays in my iPod, Music>Compilation menu option? What am I missing?
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Development - (fb2k) / Re: ABX module closes on error
Last post by amiti -
Thank you, Peter.

I have noticed another thing: once ABX testing has started, even if it is paused or stopped, playback could not be started - neither from the playlist nor from another ABX window. Until that ABX window is closed no other playback can be initiated.

I am using foobar V1.4 with ABX plugin V2.0.5 and ASIO (V2.1.2) as output device. Is it possuble set the ABX to release the output device once it is stopped or paused?
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MP3 / Re: why does the file sound better
Last post by Case -
It's well known that such a test can show WAV to be louder. If you are on Windows newer than XP and use a player that outputs floating point, lossy formats like MP3 can hit the built-in limiter and see quite a bit of amplitude reduction. 16-bit WAV has all the peaks clipped off and won't be affected. But WAV container doesn't add reverb and FLAC doesn't deteriorate quality.
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Support - (fb2k) / Re: Foobar2000 hides after writing tags
Last post by Peter -
It is a bug in Windows 10 1809 window management.

It is now apparently impossible/illegal to have multiple levels of popup windows where one is a parent of another.
Right now, the main foobar2000 window is the parent of the properties dialog, and the properties dialog is the parent of the tag update progress dialog. When the progress dialog disappears, the main window is incorrectly moved behind other windows.

The only mitigation I could come up with is to make the progress dialog owned by the main window - but then you can bring the properties dialog in front of the progress dialog which is not what I had in mind.
Let's wait and see if this gets fixed by a Windows update. Certainly there are other apps affected by this, not just foobar2000.
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MP3 / why does the file sound better
Last post by doriandun -
Looking over the internet and across forums, [reading articles from to 2000 to date] everybody has testified  and are of the opnion that converting from mp3 to wave makes no difference, just a larger file size.

Here's my dilemna, i have a few files that were converted to mp3 160cbr using lame, 3.998 years ago, i then converted the files from mp3 to wave using dbpoweramp 15r recently, wave settings 'wave' uncompressed 16bit(cd) , channels (2 stereo cd), 44,1khz. the results were interesting.

I compared the wave track to it's mp3 equivalent, and straight away i noticed that the wave track sounded louder, and the drums and snares sounded better, like the wave container, was adding a slight reverb and gain to the same track. The track illustrated no compresssion had taken place, [as duly understood].

I looked at the spectral analysis using spek, and the was no change in the waveforms between the mp3 file and wave file, i was looking at the frequency cut-off and amplitude.

I tested both tracks using headphones and speakers, with no eq, at the same volume, and when i clicked on the wave file, it would instantly be louder than the mp3 and sound better.

It may be in the mind, but was wondering if some people who have a similair  set up could test and publish results. please don't reply with the rhetoric, which is banded over the internet, it will sound worse, actually do the test and post findings.

I also found that going from lame v0 To wave made virtually no difference to the sound quality and gain, and whatever you do after going from mp3 to wave, do not try going to flac, as the quality does deteriorate.

The last note is i used r&b, slow jams and something more uptempto, old skool funk and soul 80's, rock 'bowie' as samples, also about another 14 more tracks, over the last two weeks, taking breaks during lsitening.


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