Quote: I think you need to go back to your original post - where you said you could tell the difference between 24-96 flac and lossy. What we've established since is that you were likely comparing different masters. As to why you should re-encode ...... you shouldn't unless it's for portable use. The great thing about re-encoding if you are putting music on a portable device is that once you've discovered your own limits, you then no longer have to make a painstaking choice between lossless (at huge size) and lossy. If you can't tell the difference - then go comfortably with the smaller size. For the record, I still buy tracks from HDTracks (among other sites). As long as the price is right, and the master is acceptable to me, then I regard them as a great source. For home listening, I listen to the original flac (in whatever resolution I purchased at). I never buy greater than 24/96 though, and for my iPhone - I always re-encode at 256aac.