Does "lossless" REALLY mean lossless?
People, here at Chez Angus we are on a campaign to remove clutter. Target #1 is our CD collection.
I may be late to this party, but it now appears to me that you can finally have a truly high quality music system with a computer as the source.
I have gotten an asynchronous USB DAC, a quiet laptop, and a 1T external drive to store the collection on (yes, I got a LOT a rippin' to do).
But I am torn over what format to store the files. WAV or AIFF are uncompressed so they should be bit perfect copies (you can rip using an error correction package), but they are HUGE and we have a fair amount (>1000) of CDs.
Apple Lossless or FLAC are compressed but allegedly no musical information is lost in the compression. This to me sounds like the free lunch I've been warned against lo these many years.
Any thoughts or suggestions folks?
I guess I will try making a couple copies of some favored CDs in each format and listen to them "blind" letting Mrs. A choose the type of file to play.