Originally Posted by ChrisL01
WMA Lossless is just that, lossless
. It has the exact
same audio quality of the WAV file, in half the size. You can convert WAV to WMA Lossless and not lose any quality.
You might want to give it a try. You will lose nothing, but you will gain ability to correctly store track tags and album art. If you choose to move to iTunes, you can even convert the WMA Lossless tracks to Apple Lossless and still not lose any quality.
The hard drive space-savings is not too big a deal for me. It would amount to 30-40 GB for a lossless format (i.e. FLAC) instead of 60-70 GB for WAV. I do understand that the lossless formats are suppose to be bit-for-bit identical to WAV but oddly the FLAC and WAV files sound different to me. And I was also surprised that both formats sound different than playback of a CD through my DVD or Blu-Ray player, particularly the FLAC files. The WAV files sound a little more CD like.
For the FLAC and WAV files, I'm using the same exact equipment and same path (optical) with the only difference being the playback software. I was using WinAmp for the FLAC files and WMP 11 for the WAV files. For both media players, I tried to turn off any and all settings that appeared to alter or process the bitstream... such as EQ settings. It puzzles me that there should be any difference in sound if I am indeed sending a pure and unaltered digital signal to my receiver.
I should also mention that my WAV files are working perfectly with the Gyration Air Music Remote, though I had a bit of a scare. I transferred about 40GB of WAV files from an external hard drive to the mini PC I am using as a music server. I did this piece-meal rather than transferring the entire WAV music folder. That was a mistake as the song to album associations got all screwed up even though everything looked fine "folder-wise". I erased these files and then transferred the complete WAV music folder. That did the trick... all the songs and album art came out where they should be. And I was very happy to see that the Air Music Remote properly read all this data. It shows all the correct playlists, albums, etc in the LCD window and even provides a "Now Playing" graphic with ticker. Bottom line, I don't think WAV is too bad an option if you plan to live and play in the Microsoft realm with WMP.