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Yes: didn't hear much difference

I have once or twice compare the same selection direct from CD, from WAV, from ALAC, and from FLAC. I haven't heard any significant differences. OK, maybe I have indifferent equipment and bad ears.

Dropouts have always been my biggest issue with computer playback regardless of file format. However recently, (on good advise from Dawnrazor, I think), I set Foobar2000's 'full file input buffering' to 200000kb. So far this seems to have almost eliminated dropouts.

Something else that has made an objective difference is selecting my M-Audio Revolution 7.1's ASIO driver in Foobar. Using this driver with either ALAC or FLAC, the HDCD indicator on my DAC lights up; this isn't the case using Direct Sound, nor with iTunes playback of ALAC. However truthfully I can's say I hear a difference on account of it.
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Edits: 10/16/08 10/16/08

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