Codec

Codex is short for encoder/decoder.
If you want to publish your recording, you have to choose an audio file format e.g. FLAC
You convert the PCM audio to this file format using the FLAC encoder.
The reverse †happens on playback. Our DACís donít understand all these formats.
The media player invokes a decoder turning the FLAC into raw PCM audio.

 

The same happens with Bluetooth.
If you use e.g. AAC, the audio is †first encoded to AAC by the sender e.g. a mobile, then send to the sink e.g. a Bluetooth headphone and there decoded to PCM.

 

In case of lossy compression (MP3) the question is how transparent the Codec is.
In the past there where audible differences between the various implementations.
Today the differences are small if not inaudible.
Using LAME is your best bet.

20-Feb-2011