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  • They hype is mostly marketing. Like you’ve noticed the highs do tend to suffer the most from compressed audio.

    The only times it vary noticeable to the average person is when you’re playing back on studio speakers in a treated space, or a large system such as a stage or theater. Other then that, unless you’re paying attention on nice headphones, the difference will be negligible.

    There is merit in wanting the lossless file so you can compress it properly/how you like.


    For Tidal, I just looked at the site

    Here’s their tiers of sound quality.


    Max

    (Up to 24-bit, 192 kHz)

    […] best […] sound quality […] HiRes Free Lossless Audio Codec (HiRes FLAC). Best […] on 5G or WiFi with a hardware connection.


    High

    (Up to 16-bit, 44.1 kHz)

    […] over 110M songs in studio quality with FLAC. As an open source format […]


    Low

    (Up to 320 kbps)

    […] without worrying about data. Useful when you have a weak signal, are reaching your data cap, or are running out of download space.


    So the low teir is actually compressed, 320kbps is a good number to see for a quality compression (assuming it started off as a quality lossless file). This will work great for headphones, phone speakers, anything Bluetooth etc)

    The high teir that claims studio quality is bull-shit. Maybe 30 years ago, but 16-bit 41.1khz is just CD quality. It’ll be perfectly fine on 99% of “nice” consumer devices ($100+ headphones, bookshelf speakers, stage speakers you hooked up in your garage, etc.)

    The max teir at 24, 192khz is complete overkill. 192khz is really only usesfull in a studio, but not for listening - super oversimplification: the additional data “overhead” can help made the end product sound better at 48khz.

    I could see a max teir at 24bit, 48khz being useful to someone with a home theater or commercial setting with a large system where quality actually matters. In those cases, the quality difference will be noticible between 16 and 24.











  • If your goal is high quality audio, you’ve lost the battle the moment you put Bluetooth in the signal chain.

    As for shielding usb devices, I’m going to guess any respectable DAC over $40 will be okay in that regard.

    I’m mostly poking fun at the audiophile scams that claim absurd crap. It would not suprise me if one claimed that even a quality usb cable was the cause of all your troubles and you need some overpriced word vomit cable to achive better sound.


  • I’d prefer it that way as well (less to try and catagoize and no is it W or P gray zone to figure out), but I think nsfw has become so ubiquitous with porn that not many use it for other stuff. You either have to restablish the nsfw rules (and moderate) or create a new tag to fill in the gap.





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    6 days ago

    Apologies for the rant

    We really need a thrid tag. (And NSFL to be a supported tag/filter feature like nsfw)

    It should have been;

    • NSFW = anything you wouldn’t wan’t your boss/coworker/stranger in public to see.
    • NSFM = not safe for minors; in other words, porn.
    • NSFL = gore, death, etc.

    Theres no way anyone will agree to change nsfw now, so we’ll have to go for something else. I propose;

    • NSFP = not safe for public. This is for things like “sexy pics”, dark, potty, or sex humor (pretty much all of C&H), and that “ball vasectamy switch” post from eailer. It’s a funny post, but personally I don’t want a detailed 3D rendering of balls showing up while scrolling in public.

    Edits to include link to the ball post I referenced, and an example community that I belive would fall under my NSFP tag (Cyanide abd Happiness). https://lemm.ee/c/cyanideandhappiness Plus general spelling and grammar fixes as I find them.