Does madFLAC sound better for HI-RES FLAC files?

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Does madFLAC sound better for HI-RES FLAC files?

Post by SilenceStory on Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:12 pm

Hi Admin! I have another question. Does madFLAC sound better for HI-RES FLAC files?
I have music in these specs, and I use foobar.
4616 kb/s
2 channels
96.0 kHz
24 bits

Also, is ReClock included in KLCP?

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Re: Does madFLAC sound better for HI-RES FLAC files?

Post by Admin on Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:52 pm

No, madFLAC gives exact same quality as other FLAC decoders.

ReClock is not included. It is only available as 32-bit. You should also not need it. You can also achieve smooth playback by either enabling "smooth motion" in Madvr or by creating custom resolutions (using Madvr).

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Re: Does madFLAC sound better for HI-RES FLAC files?

Post by notcyf on Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:35 am

FLAC is lossless compression. It's very much like a ZIP file except specifically made for audio and also has a decoding specification for optimized playback.

madFLAC is based on the FLAC specification but implements the specification in a different way, that's all. There's also some other encoders that allow heavier compression by optimizing encoding but is not always libFLAC compatible(and thus fails playback on some devices).


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Re: Does madFLAC sound better for HI-RES FLAC files?

Post by Admin on Fri Jan 26, 2018 6:18 pm

That's nonsense. MadFLAC uses libflac.

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Re: Does madFLAC sound better for HI-RES FLAC files?

Post by notcyf on Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:15 pm

Sorry i think i put this wrong. I meant for libFLAC as an encoder not a decoder. madFLAC is indeed just a source filter for FLAC files that uses libFLAC(not sure if it uses LAV or libFLAC for decoding itself). I meant there are FLAC files that are potentially incompatible(some encoder settings are not libFLAC compatible) on certain devices.

On MPC-HC/LAV the extra logic is handled correctly anyway and thus means even smaller filesizes(best example is CUETools' encoder, it's mainly libFLAC compatible except it has some optional features that require common native player features/handling outside of libFLAC itself). So if you want even smaller filesizes but have potential compatibility issues it's an option to preserve more space(it's also a much faster encoder).

The main point is: FLAC does not remove any audio data. Any audio that goes in a FLAC file goes out of a FLAC file unmodified. You could basically just see it as a WAV file except with metadata features such as tagging... and about a 60% smaller file size(still much bigger than lossy formats such as MP3).

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