Originally Posted by loopaddiction
+1, there's no difference in quality whatsoever between FLAC and WAV, they are 100% the same. Of course FLAC has certain inherent advantages that already have been mentioned, so it's really unfeasible and impractical to ever rip music to WAV for playback purposes.
Ok, if I rip from an original (store bought) CD, or purchase music files online, whether WAV or FLAC the sound quality will be the same. (Although, as you may be aware, there are audio gurus who say, and have written, that there is a difference to be heard on their high-end equipment.)
Now these files --- both WAV and FLAC --- reside on the computer's hard drive and I wish to burn a custom-mixed CD. Are they burned onto the new CD as WAV and FLAC, or does the burning process itself change the files as they reside on the new CD?
More important, if I insert that new disc into an Oppo player, will both of the file types play properly? (If the file is changed to something to be found on CDs, then I suppose so.)
And finally, if, going forward, I rip to FLAC format only, or I purchase downloaded files in FLAC, then burn either to a custom CD, will that CD play properly in a "standard" CD player (not as sophisticated as the Oppo), such as in one's automobile. (Again, if changed to something to be found on CDs, then I suppose so.)