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    I was wondering if there was a channel created around the Recommended Tracks sticky. Would the 320kbps be sufficient to show off higher quality builds? I have read some threads stating there is little audible difference lossless audio tracks and 320kbps, but wondering what the popular opinion was.

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    I've thought of creating a playlist, but have not.

    The research seems to suggest that not only to people struggle to hear the different between high quality compressed and lossless tracks, but that when they can identify a difference, they actually prefer the compressed.

    Some interesting reading:

    https://medium.com/@skikirkwood/trut...d-a365e56c97c4

    http://archimago.blogspot.ca/

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      I saw a thread somewhere that you could "blind" listen to 3 track to see if you could pick out the lossless track. It seemed that most people could, although, it was the honor system to post your results. I just thought it could be an easy way to have a lot of different tracks all together.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Ironman129 View Post
        I saw a thread somewhere that you could "blind" listen to 3 track to see if you could pick out the lossless track. It seemed that most people could, although, it was the honor system to post your results. I just thought it could be an easy way to have a lot of different tracks all together.

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        • #5
          Listen to Spotify a lot. First thing to comment; for whatever reason, my laptop on 'regular' audio quality sounds better than my $40 generic note pad on 'extreme' quality.

          And there is a fairly easy to hear difference in sound between the cd's I have and their counterparts on Spotify. This may be due to other things in the playback chain, but there is a difference.
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          • #6
            I've noticed a difference on some material. If it's transcoded to lossy format, I would expect to hear some differences. I also wonder how the underlying architecture in the playback software changes things? I know there's a noticeable difference between the Apple Music and the Onkyo apps on my iphone, even when playing the same file.
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            • #7
              I did that 3-track test mentioned above and that convinced me to drop lossless and use Spotify. I just could not tell the difference (anymore? age 48.) However, I do use the higher bit rate they have and if I am in my car I can tell the difference if I hook my phone up via bluetooth (not great) or USB (better even with a poor DAC), the USB was more shrill on top and the bass impact was dramatically reduced. So there is some level that I can hear

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              • #8
                I love Spotify, I think it's the best thing ever created

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                • #9
                  Youtube Music is best for me.. Spotify cost vert much.

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                  • #10
                    I can't hear the difference between compressed and uncompressed audio. . .but what I can hear is the difference between a good DAC and a bad one.

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                    • #11
                      You can choose 320, 256, or other bit rates for your Spotify music with the help of the windows Music Converter for Spotify from AudFree. Then you can customize the output parameters for your need. It is easy and quick to finish the operation.

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