Monkey Audio vs Flac

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ASLayerAODsk

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okie dokie.
havent been here in a while so i thought i would post it here..as noone elses seems to have a clue..dunno why i didnt start here..oh well :D

so..anyone else here have a HTPC setup with their ML's? i have Aerius i's and i just cant keep my audio hardware up to date as cheaply as i can do it thru my pc...my soundcard blows the poop outta my audio hardware..its sad :p *Audigy 2 ZS vs Denon 1801*
anyway..so if anyone else is as fanatical as i am...do you prefer monkeys audio or Flac, and WHY?
 

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Both are lossless, but FLAC is the current darling because... open source (APE might be too, not sure), faster decompression, easy tagging (even supporting replaygain/albumgain) strong base of software and hardware support, growing list of musicians releasing albums/tracks in FLAC format.

See latest info at... http://flac.sourceforge.net/index.html
Additional info in Lossless section of Hydrogenaudio Forums.

See my sig for details of my FLAC based PC-Audio setup.
 

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sleepysurf said:
Both are lossless, but FLAC is the current darling because... open source (APE might be too, not sure), faster decompression, easy tagging (even supporting replaygain/albumgain) strong base of software and hardware support, growing list of musicians releasing albums/tracks in FLAC format.

See latest info at... http://flac.sourceforge.net/index.html
Additional info in Lossless section of Hydrogenaudio Forums.

See my sig for details of my FLAC based PC-Audio setup.

see..and heres the thing..i find monkey to sound 'richer' and more like the original cd..no matter WHAT the compression ratio...FLAC i find just sounds so...'flat' the highs are gone...the lows are pulled in..and my ML's REALLY show that.
 

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If properly ripped, either APE, FLAC, ALAC, or even lossless WMA, should yield identical audio streams. Same principle as Zipping and Unzipping a file. If you think FLAC sounds worse, something is wrong in your coding or decoding. Lots of discussion in other forums explaining why this is so.
 

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sleepysurf said:
If properly ripped, either APE, FLAC, ALAC, or even lossless WMA, should yield identical audio streams. Same principle as Zipping and Unzipping a file. If you think FLAC sounds worse, something is wrong in your coding or decoding. Lots of discussion in other forums explaining why this is so.
Agreed - As the FLAC should be a digital clone of the source, it should not sound any different. Digital fingerprints and the md5 file should confirm this.
 
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