.. f I zip (or rar) the samples purely for the purposes of having a single file to download for the members (which I'm sure will include whatever mild amount of compression WinRAR can achieve), will this affect the quality of the unzipped/rared samples? ...
I'm planning a rather epic post over at the Pioneer forums with my own sets of data, samples, and trials to try to clear up any FUD that has been spread, as well as to (hopefully) kick Pioneer's ass a little bit in terms of fixing their VBR support (if that's what the data shows, which I'm sure it will).
I'll search out those other tracks; I haven't heard them personally but that's alright. I'm going to search my collection for some other "problem tracks" as well and see what I can come up with.