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Old 2006-05-10, 03:51 PM
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Re: How about archiving .wav's?

FLAC is the same as WAV, but it is smaller and can be self-tested for errors. you can always get the WAV that you started with from a FLAC file.

people shouldn't trade audio discs burned from FLAC files, as errors creep in. in fact it is so difficult to exactly copy an audio cdr that the ppl who know how to do it are the most likely never to do so.

check the links in my signature, the EAC config link will show you how to set up EAC so that it can really make an exact copy (which is not possible without making some changes in the settings specific to your drives). The other link shows (among other things) how to tell if one audio file is the same as another by generating .st5 checksums. An .st5 checksum will remain the same for any lossless file no matter what (wav, flac, shn, ape, etc).

So get EAC, configure the read offset & set all the error recovery settings to highest quality and make sure it is in secure mode. then you can rip your audio cdrs to wav, then encode to FLAC using TLH or similar. Once the files are encoded to FLAC, you can run a test on them years down the line and if there is one iota of difference the test will fail (unlike audio cdrs where the only test is to listen intently on headphones and hope your ears are sharp enough to catch small/large glitches).
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