How do you play your 24-bit FLAC files?

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The 24-bit FLAC files we offer full members of Society of Sound are proving incredibly popular. They are close to being the most popular of the three formats we offer, which is both reassuring, and a little bit surprising. Reassuring because we feel that they offer the best sound quality possible, and we know that like us you care about sound quality. Surprising, because they are a little trickier to handle than the other options – for example, Apple Lossless, which you can just dump them into the massively popular iTunes and listen to them.

So we’d like to ask you a question? How do you play them? On your computer, streamed to your hi-fi, copied to DVD or some other way?

566 Comments

  • John says:

    I’ve downloaded the FLAC 5.1 version of Tubular Bells. My USB drive shows a stereo signal going into my receiver (Marantz 5008). How do I play the 5.1 files over my system? Thank you.

  • David Shaw says:

    I have a 3 month free trial, which allows me 2 albums this is great but how is it possible to hear a sample first?
    thanks for help-

  • Bowers & Wilkins says:

    Hi David,
    You can download all the available albums for three months, not just two. The best way is to download and see if you like it.

  • tom laperna says:

    i too, am wondering how to play downloaded 24/96 flac files.. i have downloaded a few, but cant get them to play. i download them on my windows 7 lap top then put them on an external hard drive. which i then plug into a seagate freeagent theater, which is plugged into my pioneer elite via hdme..i have downloaded movies and music that is encoded in dts and dts-es. the movies encoded in these formats sound spectacular. i had downloaded dark side of the moon, the one that is in dts,, it has phenominal sound.. however, the flac encoded music files i have downloaded, they only sound as good as a normal cd.. i am wondering how i can get the superb sound of 24/96 to play over my system.. my elite does have a usb port , though i keep getting the error, not supported when i plug into it.. any body got ideas for me.. should i transfer the files onto dvd and play through my blue ray player….. help,, thanks guys…

  • Bill Barner says:

    Just got a Ponoplayer. The 24-bit FLAC files sound good with the Pono and my Grado RS1 headphones and RA1 headphone amp.

  • Peter Dickens says:

    I copy music files onto FLAC and WAV directories that I have made on a WDMyCloud 2Tb NAS which I bought for £100 from Currys.
    I use it as either an Ethernet or a UPNP server to serve music to a Streamer/ DAC in my main system and various internet players around the house.
    The WDMyCloud has an iPhone app so you can view, not only documents and photos on your iPhone or ipad but also use these devices as your Server/ DAC to listen to headphones or connect them with a line to older equipment with headphone cable line in.
    Suddenly old portable radios, cassette players sound amazing due to the higher quality input.

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