Originally Posted by cel4145
And you base that opinion on what? ABX listening tests have shown that people often have a lot of trouble discerning the difference between lossless and high bit rate mp3s, if they can even tell the difference. His problem is almost definitely the motherboard audio.
I base that on having ripped my entire CD collection to FLACs which I use to listen to on my 2.1 living-room system...
...these have all been converted to MP3 to go on an iPod for my car. Most sound OK, some sound crappy in some parts. There will always be instances where compression algorithms don't work great.
And since the OP described a situation where most things sound OK but some parts of some songs don't, poor compression sounded like a good candidate.
Besides, unless you are loading an iPod or similar and need to conserve space, why wouldn't you go lossless - hard disk space is cheap.
I would have expected more widespread issues for a motherboard audio problem. Not to say that I wouldn't make sure it was digital out from the PC, going out to either a DAC/pre (like the Beresford Caiman i use in my computer setup) or to a receiver with an onboard DAC. I'd also make sure to be using an ASIO driver.Edited by rick240 - 1/31/13 at 4:11pm