I got two different rips of a song, one in mp3 and another in FLAC. I assume the FLAC version is better than the mp3, but I don’t know the source of any of them, so this assumption could be wrong. When I added both of them to Audacity and compared them, I noticed some things I don’t exactly understand, hope you guys can help me with this load of questions .
I’ve ripped a lot of CD’s and never ever had that straight limit. But it’s a FLAC, so that kind of tell me it should be better.
The limit of the blue wave (circled green).
a) Why is it straight?
b) What does it mean?
c) Should I trust in an audio source that has those straight parts in the audio waveform?
a) Are they always bad?
b) Not a single one of my CD rips has those red lines indicating clipping. Nevertheless, I don’t notice any distortion at all when listening to those tracks.
- Smoothness of curves and dots.
a) What means each different dot? A sample is what’s between 2 dots?
b) A smoother curve, what means? Better resolution? (circled in red)
c) Can I use those curves to identify what is the highest audio quality track?
d) A 24 bit audio has more dots (smoother curves, more resolution) than a 16 bit audio?
Thank you very much!