- May 11, 2014
Yes, but the problem is that something you want to process, which would mean uncompress and recompress around it. If you start out from already compressed files then you accumulate losses. If you start from flac you can knock yourself out with processing, without having to fear multiple-compression losses.To be fair well compressed 320kbps music is nearly indistinguishable from raw files. Meaning it takes a very good stereo and a discerning ear to tell any difference at all. The only reason I store FLAC files is because storage space is cheap and FUD. Worrying about if I'm losing some spatial imaging which I've yet to notice comparing 320k vs FLAC side by side.
I don't modify to the original source on my stereo. My speakers put out a pretty full range so I use no pre-processing of any kind. Room treatments yield better results.For example, when I switch from a 2015 to a 2011 Z4 I lost the 7-band equalizer. Now I can just apply the EQ on a copy of all the files made specifically for that car. That would not be pretty starting out from any mp3, no matter the bitrate.