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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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    • #3
      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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                      • #12
                        I can hear the difference between compressed and uncompressed and I have tinnitus. I think it helps to know what you're listening for to pick the difference. That being said, compressed spotify audio is pretty much fine for everyday listening.

                        I use TIDAL instead of Spotify when want to really sit down and listen or do any critical evaluation. Spotify does not offer uncompressed music, just a higher compressed bit-rate. TIDAL offers completely uncompressed music and when available you can even listen to the direct studio master tracks.

                        In Spotify you want to make sure its at least set to the highest streaming quality and also remove the option to "Normalize volume".

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                        • #13
                          My go to speaker testing playlist:

                          Spotify:
                          https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0q...T56BWnI90keZ5g

                          TIDAL:
                          https://tidal.com/playlist/1e7a1ea9-...9-0638c91dc4bc

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by fillysun

                            For Spotify, if you want to cost less while using it, you could try to use the Spotify Converter. It can let you enjoy and download Spotify music just with a Spotify free account. And it can save Spotify music to plain audios so that you can listen to them on the move.
                            Besides, now in this Thanksgiving Party, you could save more to get this smart tool. Don't miss the chance to get it.
                            The DRMare spotify software will convert to MP3 or others such as MAV, AAC, M4A, FLAC and M4B. My use is for burning CDs and streaming from my large hard drives at home. No need to compress for the sake of storage. Which file type should I convert to for best playback, considering the Spotify source. thanks

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by junese
                              I am looking for a good Spotify downloader actually to play Spotify on my smart TV
                              Why don't you just add the Spotify app to your smart TV?

                              Spotify doesn't support lossless music so I'm fairly sure 320 is the highest available.

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                              • AudioSQ
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                                Spotify is adding lossless this year. Woohoo!

                              • DeZZar
                                DeZZar commented
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                                Cool. I wonder what that means for Tidal longer term.

                              • AudioSQ
                                AudioSQ commented
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                                Can't be good for them. I know a lot of people prefer Spotify's UI and discovery but use Tidal and Qobuz only for their lossless.. well MQA is still lossy. I don't believe Spotify is planning on getting into the hi resolution / HD game so the other services keep that competitive advantage. I don't know how many people care about that though.
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