Hi. I have two versions of a song downloaded from the internet, one is .flac the other .wv (or Wavpack). The flac file is 36.1MB (bitrate 969 kbps).
Out of curiosity, I converted the wv file to flac using an audio editor (Wavepad) with compression level set to 5. The resulting flac file is only 16.7MB (bitrate 451 kbps), less than half the size of the other flac.
I’m struggling to comprehend how this can be. Presumably, whoever made the flac which I downloaded did so by ripping a CD through an audio editor. The wv file is, as far as I know, the equivalent of CD so why is my flac conversion so much smaller?
Grateful thanks for any suggestions.