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FLAC is lossless compression. During compression, you can set a compression option: setting this to a higher level creates a smaller file that is still lossless by taking more time to process the file. This compression level is included in the file, so the decoder will know how to decompress it. So two FLACs created from the same source using different ...


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They give a small improvement to the compression at the cost of encoding time. As neither requires specifying --lax, they do not make the resulting files less compliant. -8e, -8p and -8ep could be thought of as compression levels better/slower than -8. They both independently brute-force a setting/value in order to find the best combination for every ...


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