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November 27, 2010

Question of the Month: Lossless Conversion

Q. Is there a way by which the MP3 format can be converted to a lossless format in the true sense? What is the best method of converting analogue signals to a digital format without compromising fidelity? —B.P.B.

A. Thanks for your interesting email questions.

The answer is no, an MP3 file by definition has already thrown away a great deal of data that cannot be recovered.

To convert analogue signals to a digital format without losing data or compromising fidelity, you have to use a WAV or AIFF file format. Either of these will preserve the PCM data stream and introduce no compression or losses, but the files will be large–about ten times the size of a lossy MP3 file.

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May 1, 2009

My Blu-ray Outputs Only Stereo

Q. I have a P-965 preamp that lacks HDMI and a multi-channel power amplifier. My Sony Blu-ray BDP-S300 player can output true surround audio only through the HDMI output. When it is connected through the optical cable, it mixes down everything into 2 channels. Since my P-965 preamp does not have HDMI, how do I get true surround sound? – D.M.

A. There are two ways to get surround sound from your Sony Blu-ray player.

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