Okay so I am relatively new to the digital audio world and I am a bit curious about flac. Is it better quality than a standard retail cd?
Would there be any loss of quality?
Also, would a retail cd to flac transcode be a bad one? Would there be any loss of quality? Thanks guys!
Would buying the FLACs of the same album from one of the several online sources (recommendations welcome) provide better audio quality or dynamic range than the ripped FLACs? (please assume same source material/master tapes) Put a different way, is the CD medium a limiting factor in listening to an otherwise superbly engineered album?
Most 'musical' audio data fits within 16 bits anyway, so at 24 bits you are just going to have 8 extra bits of empty space at the front of the data.
My takeaway then is to continue buying CDs rather than a flac encoded album from HDTracks or similar knowing that I’ll be unable to hear any differences regardless of environment/equipment in my day-to-day.