The lack of support for 24-bit FLAC by both the Sansa Fuze and Clip has been brought up before in this forum.
24-bit FLAC is rapdily becoming the standard for audiophile digtal music. In the last year, online stores have opened up that sell 24-bit FLAC (e.g., HDTracks.com), and of course the Beatles have released most of their catalog in 24-bit FLAC.
And the sound quality is amazing–I’ve been listening audiophile vinyls ripped on 24-bit FLAC, and it really captures the essence of the music that gets lost in 16-bit. For those who argue that the human ear can’t tell the difference, I say ‘phooey’. Right now I’m listening to the 24-bit version of Garcia/Grisman “The Pizza Tapes”, converted directly from the master, and there is no way anyone can see there’s no difference in sound quality between this and the 16-bit version.
I’m very frustrated that I can’t play these tracks on my Fuze. And I don’t want to downconvert…that defeats the whole purpose.
I would think it would be in Sandisk’s best interests to make this work, for two reasons:
Sell more Fuze’s and Clips–capture the growing audiophile market
Sell more SD cards–a 16 GB card can only hold about 12 albums ripped to 24-bit/96 KHZ.
Anyway, Sandisk, I hope you’re listening and upgrade your Fuzes and Clips to support this rapidly-expanding format. And if that’s not possible, maybe you need a new portable player…call it ‘Vinyl’.
Message Edited by databass on 06-04-2010 09:29 AM
Message Edited by databass on 06-04-2010 09:30 AM