I am using EAC to rip, at what I thought was the highest quality setting (although the lossless argument says that that should not matter).
Odd, my FLAC (created with EAC) of Pink Floyd's Breath is 848 kbps.
How did you come to that conclusion? It takes more then file size and bitrate to judge how a file sounds. Maybe you need to read up on how flac works?
You're doing it wrong then.....