Originally Posted by FrantzM
This could be anathema to some here: How does it compare to the "regular" lossless methods in term of sound quality?
The sound quality is 100% identical in ANY lossless method.
Don't let anyone tell you differently!
The reason is that they will all produce an EXACT COPY of the original file.
There are two exceptions:
1. Windows Media Audio Lossless format places a very small amount of silence at the start or the end of the track. This makes the output file slightly different than the input file, but this DOES NOT affect the sound quality.
2. If you had extreme hardware or software problems, this could potentially cause unwanted artifacts, but that is the fault of your system.
I've been in the high-end and professional audio and computer industry for over 20 years. I've heard a lot of nonsense! Some people still insist they can hear a difference between different brands or types of CD-R media, and some people still spend $5000+ for a transport. The fact is that when the digital stream is sent to the D/A converter, it is buffered and re-clocked.