A few months back our very own Keiko [Mike] had sent me a couple of ripped CD's of the Beatle's LOVE album recorded via vinyl and over a lossless format. He had relayed to me that I I might like the lossless version better than the CD I have because in his rig, the vinyl sounded better than the CD.
This all started during a conversation on this forum about lossless ripped music. I told him I had yet to hear a ripped CD that sounded anywhere close to the sound of the original CD, so he sent me a lossless version of an album I had in my collection to compare. Since he liked the vinyl version better on his rig, he decided to rip it straight off the LP.
The end result....
Just listening to the first two minutes of the CD and lossless CD, I discovered that a lot of information was missing on the lossless CD. Here's what I heard. The birds in the background were a strain to hear on the ripped with less stereo separation and spatial locationality cues to let you know exactly where the birds were. A loss of ambiance with all sounds within the first two minutes. There was a loss of stereo holographic imaging with a slight change in tone.
Where the birds flew off on the CD, I could tell exactly what was going on and with the ripped CD, it sounded like a bunch of unwanted flutter or something. There is a point to where a fly buzzes which I heard on the CD but did not hear on the ripped CD. With the CD, depth of the sound stage greatly improved with a slight gain in volume, detail, harmonics and texture. Well, actually, there was no texture to voices in the ripped CD but was present in the CD.
The volume was not touched during this A/B test nor was any other aspect of the stereo with the exception of the CD and ripped CD. Thank you for sending me the CD's for this test Mike, but my observations remain the same. I still have yet to hear a lossless CD sound as good as or better than the original.