I understand flac is lossless. This AM i ripped Frank Zappa Best band you never heard on Jriver. While I had the cd in my hand
i put the redbook into my Cayin scd50-t coax out (an old Monster cable) to the W4s Dac2 and started that cd at the same time as the flac version and gave it 30 seconds and flipped between the flac and the cd going through the same w4s dac2. Even though flac is lossess, I definitely could hear a difference. The cd, highs were cleaner and more pronounced. Bass was also a bit tighter and more pronounced vs the flac. While the flac did sound good and if i didnt have the ability to sit with the w4s dac2 remote and go in between the 2 with a hit of a button, I might not have picked up the differences as easy.
What can I do to improve the sound of the flac to help match the cd using the same dac? I am using a dell laptop, Jriver, ASIO, pangea 4% silver usb cable to the w4s. Like i said it is close but its not there yet.
I have changed the bit rate from 16 to 24, tried up-sample from 44 to 96. This did help the highs get more air sounding. I have not played with the internal dsp on Jriver. Do you think upgrading jriver to the newer version would make a sound difference?