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Hey guys,

Just discovered lossless audio, and I'm amazed...even over cheap headphones and my laptop soundcard I can easily tell the difference...its just clearer and warmer than high bit-rate MP3s or other comparable codecs.

I'm after deleting my whole MP3 library, and decided to start over from scratch...I've started re-ripping my CD collection to Apple Lossless, and plan on getting a nice set of in-ear phones like the JVC marshmallows, then maybe get a good soundcard for my new summer build with a good set of speakers.

Sorry guys, just wanted to sing my praises of lossless audio
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I prefer FLAC.
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Glad you found lossless and its priceless value to listening!

But have you properly ABX'd it with MP3 files with foobar2000? I've personally discovered that placebo is a very very powerful thing; it even makes some believe that lossless files with different ways of encoding (ALAC, APE, FLAC) sound differently!

So yes, ABX some files in foobar2000 when you get the chance; I'm sure you'll be quite surprised by the results!

(By the way, I recommend you get the Koss KSC75; after listening through tons of headphones, sources, amps, and cables, a KSC75 sounds darn good out of anything.
    
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Depending on how many CDs you have, you may want some more HDD space.
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Yeah....it just sucks that it can't be (reasonably) done with movies too. Every 100 gigs of DivX recordings would be blown up to about 2.5TB of blueray ISOs.
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Definitely. FLAC or APE are both great ways to listen to music the way it was intended for you to hear it. If you get a USB DAC and some higher end cas, you can REALLY tell a huge difference. After going from onboard sound running 256 kbps MP3s on a Logitech gaming headset, my b-Enspirer running FLAC files to my A900s is absolutely gorgeous. I haven't ripped all of my music yet (I only buy CDs, no illegal downloading or iTunes downloads, just the real plastic and paper you get in the store) and I have close to 30GBs of FLAC files. Still ripping a few more every day.

Also, I use Marshmallows with my Creative Zen Vision: M and it sounds amazing, even though it's only 320 kbps MP3s. I may have to get a different player that I can rockbox and transfer all of my FLAC files over.
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Is there any difference between FLAC and Apple Lossless in terms of quality?? They seem to use about the same compression ratio...
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