Originally Posted by hammck
Try the same software with the different files. Some players are better than others! Yesterday I tried a 24/96khz flac file and compared 3 players, Play, Songbird and Plex. Was astounded at the differences, Play was easily the best. Great sounding but rather no-frills player. Anyway maybe it's itunes messing up playback of the ALAC..? Play and Songbird will both do FLAC and ALAC for comparison.
To each to our own hearing capability, I couldn't tell any difference between flac/alac when played on Play/Songbird/iTunes in Mac OSX.
I was able to tell a slight better and rounded sound from Amarra, and that's not always revealing either.
But then, we all hear different things and our hearing abilities are different. So..