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Lossless Audio Compression => FLAC => Topic started by: Squidhed on 11 July, 2012, 05:22:12 AM

Title: Smartphones and FLAC
Post by: Squidhed on 11 July, 2012, 05:22:12 AM
Hello,
I recently found out that many newer smartphones support lossless audio formats like FLAC, ALAC and such. So now I'm kind of confused which ones bring real high-quality sound and which ones are just deceit.
Title: Smartphones and FLAC
Post by: skamp on 11 July, 2012, 05:44:04 AM
Such phones will decode FLAC properly, just as well as any computer. What you want is RMAA-type measurements of the devices' audio performance, regardless of the codec used (doesn't matter if you play FLACs, WAVs or even transparent MP3s). Here's the Galaxy Nexus compared to the iPod Classic and FiiO E7 (http://outpost.fr/rmaa/D2000.htm) for instance. The GN loses to the others, but from listening to it a lot, I'd say it sounds decent enough for casual listening on the go without the added bulk of a dedicated device. Other popular smartphones have good reputation regarding sound quality, though I don't have objective evidence handy for any of them.

Using FLAC on a storage limited smartphone would be rather pointless though, IMO. Transparent lossy audio is all you need for listening purposes when storage is an issue.
Title: Smartphones and FLAC
Post by: Porcus on 11 July, 2012, 06:02:23 AM
Hello,
I recently found out that many newer smartphones support lossless audio formats like FLAC, ALAC and such. So now I'm kind of confused which ones bring real high-quality sound and which ones are just deceit.


You might want to read this: http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index....showtopic=93402 (http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=93402)

Title: Smartphones and FLAC
Post by: Brand on 11 July, 2012, 03:26:28 PM
GSMArena (http://www.gsmarena.com/) has RMAA measurements in the reviews.