Audio CD versus WMA

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Good day, I use audio CDs for listening and can you tell me WMA format is as good as the audio CD format? I am asking this question because I have decided to buy MP3 WMA portable player. Thank you in advance.


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  • TheRealRaven
    It depends.

    First, it depends on your subjective judgment. If you think one sounds better, then it's unlikely that anything we say will make a difference. You'll have to try them both with the same speakers or headphones or whatever other equipment would be used in common between them. You're the only one that can do that for you.

    And second, it will almost certainly depend on what codecs you use to burn the files. In general, many feel that audio CDs can sound better than standard WMA. But perhaps you'll use a poor CD audio codec and compare it against a good WMA Professional file. In that case, it's likely that you'll prefer WMA Pro.

    Finally, it will certainly depend on what speakers/headphones/other equipment that you'll use to get sound into your ears. If that equipment isn't capable of faithfully presenting the sounds, it probably won't matter which you use. They'll probably sound essentially the same to you.
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  • TheRealRaven
    Of course, this isn't an audio-quality web site, so any advice from here might be worth very little.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Audio CD may contain lossless audio sources (usually .WAV files). Putting MP3 on CD may be directed to losing out on quality and versatility. But it is better to get the original files or highest quality copies desired when putting audio on a CD. As far as knowledge, WMA is better than audio CD.
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  • bhannah
    I would tend to agree with the other peoples thoughts. The main killer here is the ability for the device to out put it and the earphones / earbuds that you listen to it on. I have a device at home that I use make audio CD's and it has the ability to create the media file in a number of formats. I have recorded the same file in several of the formats and I did not notice any real difference when I listened to them. What I did notice was the difference between quality of the out put when I played the CD in different devices that had lower quality output capability and lower quality speakers / earphones / earbuds. Also if you bluetooth capability it is possible that you will quality there too.
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  • ToddN2000
    True. A lot of CD players, mostly older ones will not even play an MP3. I wish they would for the fact the file compression you put a lot more on a disc. Personally I have all my files as MP3's and the software I use to burn an audio CD does the conversion.
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