Originally Posted by stf92
The sox package that comes with 12.0 does not know FLAC. Its sox-12.18.1. But I upgraded to sox-14.3.1. I did locate -r .*flac$ and the only thing I had in the hdd was Beethoven's 9th symphony by Otto Klemperer. I am just now listening to it and although the recording is 46 years old it sounds superb.
Yes, sox provides maximum sound fidelity. Most CLI tools I tried are good, though, whereas the differences between GUI players are bigger than I had expected. While it is more a question of what sound "characteristics" you prefer, if you like Kaffeine or MPlayer better, they are both one class up compared to VLC (but this holds only for FLAC, not for other formats, for which VLC is really good!).
As you now use one of the *123 programs, the info may not be relevant for you, but I use the tools from the sox package tools together with programs, such as faac etc. for conversion between formats. And sometimes I play a little with the many effects of play, which is really fun.
But in the end it's the music that counts. And sometimes a 46 years old record can touch your heart, and that's the moment when I know, where the real value of all this technology lies. Music was my first love, and it will definitely be my last (*).
(*) John Miles (just mentioning it in order not to get sued by music industry lawyers, because of copyright violation....