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Back-up Copy~ WAV vs FLAC
Back-up Copy~ WAV vs FLAC
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LimitBreaker15
post Aug 29 2012, 09:30
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I wanted to have a permanent back-up copy of my audio files so I wanted to hear others' opinions on this matter. I know there have been many threads of this kind, but let's tackle a BIT different topic...

I'm not really good with audio, but I did my research. Anyways...
I know majority of people will say, "You won't hear any difference, stick with flac" or the likes, but I wanted to get the most 'suitable' format for my back-ups. Suitable as in, closest to the original.
WAV PCM is an uncompressed audio. FLAC is a lossless compressed audio. Isn't it better to stick with WAV if I wanted to just convert it to flac or other formats later rather than convert it from flac? I mean, look, FLAC is already compressed...

and...

WAV > FLAC = √
FLAC > WAV = x <<< less filesize than the original



'I know that nothing useful is lost...and the only thing that makes WAV files that large are excess bits and header size...'
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Will this fact really solve my dilemma?


I wanna know your opinions...if it were in your case, would you stick with uncompressed or lossless compressed for your back-up copies...

Oh, and let's assume storage size isn't an issue.
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LimitBreaker15
post Aug 31 2012, 11:01
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Another question just for clarification.

Let's say I have 2 same maxi singles. One which is newly bought, and one is a bit worn-out. I ripped both to FLAC files. Will both still be exactly the same?
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- LimitBreaker15   Back-up Copy~ WAV vs FLAC   Aug 29 2012, 09:30
- - shadowking   WAV for backup and burning for CD audio playback i...   Aug 29 2012, 09:45
- - Kohlrabi   QUOTE (LimitBreaker15 @ Aug 29 2012, 10:3...   Aug 29 2012, 09:59
|- - LimitBreaker15   Oh so I was wrong with that...well, that statement...   Aug 29 2012, 10:15
- - db1989   Opinions on what? Ill really need quite a good an...   Aug 29 2012, 10:44
|- - LimitBreaker15   I don't really mind the filesize and CPU usage...   Aug 29 2012, 11:28
|- - HansBKK   Lossless means lossless. The only **possible** rea...   Aug 29 2012, 11:49
- - nastea   Another thing to keep in mind is when the cd-r get...   Aug 29 2012, 12:04
|- - Kohlrabi   QUOTE (LimitBreaker15 @ Aug 29 2012, 12:2...   Aug 29 2012, 12:33
|- - tuffy   QUOTE (nastea @ Aug 29 2012, 06:04) Anoth...   Aug 29 2012, 14:30
|- - greynol   QUOTE (nastea @ Aug 29 2012, 04:04) Even ...   Aug 29 2012, 16:02
- - pdq   At one time I had a device that would only play mp...   Aug 29 2012, 13:09
- - extrabigmehdi   Take a wav file. Now do a copy and compress it a...   Aug 29 2012, 13:23
- - 2Bdecided   People use FLAC because it's lossless (perfect...   Aug 29 2012, 14:46
- - yourlord   Use FLAC. For quite some time now the only case w...   Aug 29 2012, 16:33
- - nastea   I just did a test, and flac gave an error message ...   Aug 29 2012, 16:44
- - greynol   There is a switch that forces the decoder to conti...   Aug 29 2012, 16:53
- - JJZolx   QUOTE (LimitBreaker15 @ Aug 29 2012, 02:3...   Aug 29 2012, 18:39
|- - Venyos   QUOTE (JJZolx @ Aug 29 2012, 19:39) QUOTE...   Sep 8 2012, 23:20
- - jayess   .Wav is a Microsoft and IBM standard. That's ...   Aug 29 2012, 19:18
|- - Light-Fire   QUOTE (jayess @ Aug 29 2012, 14:18) .Wav ...   Aug 30 2012, 07:06
- - Porcus   If you wanna use .wav, put it in a .zip file, usin...   Aug 29 2012, 20:55
- - db1989   And less portable than FLAC. Plus, I really think ...   Aug 29 2012, 21:09
- - Porcus   Well, to those who insist that .wav is better beca...   Aug 29 2012, 21:31
|- - jayess   QUOTE (Porcus @ Aug 29 2012, 15:31) Well,...   Aug 29 2012, 21:37
|- - db1989   lol someone said “Republican” QUOTE b...   Aug 29 2012, 21:42
||- - greynol   QUOTE (db1989 @ Aug 29 2012, 13:42) lol s...   Aug 29 2012, 22:19
|- - Porcus   QUOTE (jayess @ Aug 29 2012, 22:37) I try...   Aug 29 2012, 22:13
|- - Satellite_6   QUOTE (jayess @ Aug 29 2012, 16:37) QUOTE...   Aug 30 2012, 01:44
||- - greynol   Lossless is lossless is lossless is lossless. Rip...   Aug 30 2012, 02:46
|- - probedb   QUOTE (jayess @ Aug 29 2012, 21:37) Until...   Aug 30 2012, 13:36
- - LithosZA   I hate it when I extract my Word documents from a ...   Aug 29 2012, 21:44
- - jayess   LOL, these comments are exactly what I was talking...   Aug 29 2012, 22:49
|- - Canar   QUOTE (jayess @ Aug 29 2012, 14:49) A mor...   Aug 29 2012, 23:20
|- - db1989   QUOTE (jayess @ Aug 29 2012, 22:49) LOL, ...   Aug 29 2012, 23:30
|- - greynol   QUOTE (jayess @ Aug 29 2012, 14:49) To ea...   Aug 29 2012, 23:30
||- - jayess   QUOTE (greynol @ Aug 29 2012, 17:30) QUOT...   Aug 30 2012, 04:26
||- - Nessuno   QUOTE (jayess @ Aug 30 2012, 05:26) Do yo...   Aug 30 2012, 08:16
|- - krabapple   QUOTE (jayess @ Aug 29 2012, 17:49) A mor...   Aug 31 2012, 13:27
- - yourlord   If someone feels the need to abuse themselves with...   Aug 29 2012, 23:13
|- - Porcus   QUOTE (yourlord @ Aug 30 2012, 00:13) My ...   Aug 30 2012, 09:00
- - LimitBreaker15   I'll stick with FLAC. Less filesize with no au...   Aug 29 2012, 23:45
|- - db1989   QUOTE (LimitBreaker15 @ Aug 29 2012, 23:4...   Aug 30 2012, 00:10
|- - db1989   Since you were last to post, I think that adds eve...   Aug 31 2012, 14:31
- - yourlord   There is no difference from a quality perspective.   Aug 29 2012, 23:52
- - greynol   Pronoun agreement is your OT lesson for the day. ...   Aug 30 2012, 05:08
|- - jayess   QUOTE (greynol @ Aug 29 2012, 23:08) Pron...   Aug 30 2012, 14:23
- - Canar   Haha, this is getting really off-topic, but singul...   Aug 30 2012, 06:11
|- - Porcus   Just let us keep the we. Porcus Rex   Aug 30 2012, 06:33
- - greynol   Well if Shakespeare said it...   Aug 30 2012, 06:31
- - greynol   Don't you mean our?   Aug 30 2012, 06:38
- - Kohlrabi   I don't really approve of how the OP asked a f...   Aug 30 2012, 07:39
|- - Porcus   QUOTE (Kohlrabi @ Aug 30 2012, 08:39) The...   Aug 30 2012, 08:45
|- - greynol   QUOTE (Kohlrabi @ Aug 29 2012, 23:39) why...   Aug 30 2012, 14:02
|- - DonP   QUOTE (Kohlrabi @ Aug 30 2012, 02:39) So ...   Aug 31 2012, 12:18
- - greynol   Will he be mailing it off to you in wave format in...   Aug 30 2012, 14:32
|- - Nessuno   QUOTE (greynol @ Aug 30 2012, 15:32) Will...   Aug 30 2012, 17:57
- - LimitBreaker15   Another question just for clarification. Let...   Aug 31 2012, 11:01
|- - HansBKK   QUOTE (LimitBreaker15 @ Aug 31 2012, 11:0...   Aug 31 2012, 11:36
|- - db1989   QUOTE (HansBKK @ Aug 31 2012, 11:36) If d...   Aug 31 2012, 11:58
- - 4sure   If not for other reasons, my pick is FLAC: 1. Com...   Sep 2 2012, 06:24


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