Audiophile or Audio-Fooled? How Good Are Your Ears?

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  • Published on:  Thursday, October 12, 2017
  • In this video, we explore the differences between MP3s, WAV, FLAC (lossless), AAC and whether you can tell the difference? or if it even matters? Discussion on mixing, listening, monitors and audion file formats.

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    http://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2015/06/02/411473508/how-well-can-you-hear-audio-quality

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  • ArgoBeats

     (Oct 13, 2017)

    I'm not an audio file.

  • beepeeb clickcilc

     (3 days ago)

    ME me me!

  • Mada Nielk

     (Mar 12, 2019)

    @ArgoBeats, then what kind of file are you?

  • J Thorsson

     (Mar 11, 2019)

    not sure about that but i definitely do here the difference between 128 kbit and 320kbit....

  • K. Nakanishi

     (5 days ago)

    I genuinely just prefer to own the CD - physical copy, plus I rip it in uncompressed AIFF. Just so I know, for sure, this is how it's intended to sound.

  • José Quiroga

     (5 hours ago)

    I got all of them,My secret: very bad internet speed

  • Satanicuslupis

     (9 hours ago)

    @Rick Beato So do the headphones come into play here? If you were someone with a large personal studio or theater room would this then begin to make more of a difference? I've noticed that i often can't really hear much difference between my 256kbps and FLAC (~700+ kbps) files until I really crank it up. Then again maybe I'm just imagining it.

  • MayContainJoe

     (Oct 13, 2017)

    I'm still using CD players. Who else?

  • John Bishop

     (3 days ago)

    me. Also vinyl plenty and even cassettes, some. Schlepping them around sucks though, won't lie.

  • Ron C

     (Mar 13, 2019)

    +Örn Leifsson haha old days were good.i only have cd player on my car & old radio is dead & lost. Have new radio but it's only FM

  • Shadan Rikan

     (1 day ago)

    the 1/10 information is just false, mp3 like all other codecs uses lot of lossless compression tools to compress data without lossess, also is not only a bandwidth cutting stuff, many techniques are used to get less distortions on sensible sounds or parts, discarding precision on masked or less perceptible sounds.Anyway that test is flawed by the mp3 encoder used, a proprietary one from jriver, setted as CBR (VBR is way better) with a cutoff frequency of 16,1kHz, while ie LAME for 128kbps uses 17kHz....

  • iamthebeelzebub

     (Jan 31, 2019)

    Just listen to death metal and you can instantly spot the difference. MP3 muddles up the low frequensies.

  • ThrOes Official

     (Feb 23, 2019)

    It's becase of how overcompresed the source material has become. It's hitting the ceiling 100% of the time. Any death metal recorded in the 90's would transfer to MP3 without many noticing a difference. Any stuff produced in this loudness era I agree, you can tell the difference. It doesn't take the conversion to MP3 well

  • Wayne Schumacher

     (Feb 19, 2019)

    And the extreme hi's as well, especially the drums

  • zirco77

     (Feb 12, 2019)

    A small point worth adding, especially for anyone claiming audible difference or lack of it, is that mp3 encoders are not created equal (the same applies for newer popular compression formats).Mp3 specifies how to format the data, but not how to encode it. Encoders have to make "choices" about what to filter out or even transform, and some are better than others. Unless you have a good mathematical background (in which case you might as well understand formulas by yourself), here's a fairly...

  • Larry Dillon

     (2 days ago)

    Excellent presentation, Rick.