Originally Posted by danik
I kinda agree with Brighten.
I'm using my laptop's CD player and external HD to play the FLAC. I ripped the CD with EAC so that shoulden't be an issue.
Listening to the CD gave a more 3 dimensional presentation and a tighter bass and just "more microharmonics" (just sounds fuller) than FLAC. I would say 85-90% FLAC vs 100%CD.
Interesting that the two should in theory be the same.
BigTony, I have no disagreement that the bitrate is the same. However, I believe it is the actual CD which sounds better. When doing a comparison between a burned copy of one of my disks using my Sony SCD-XA5400ES they sounded the same.
I suppose the CD drive (into the DAC) on my Macbook could be offering a better performance than just the Lossless files straight into the DAC. Like I said though, I tried to accept that it was placebo, but after further comparison realized it wasn't. The CD was clearly better. Especially the bass.