Difference Between Lossless Codecs? 2005-01-17 17:28:22 I have recently been entertaining the idea of compressing my cds into a lossless format. This is a pretty big undertaking so I wanted to make sure i could even notice the difference between a highly encoded MP3 (preset extreme) and a FLAC file. I tried it and sure enough i could notice a subtle difference between the two. I then decided to try Monkey audio as it is apparently superior to every lossless codec EVER! And as long as I was archiving my music, I might as well save as much space as possible.Now I was under the impression that Monkeys Audio and FLAC would HAVE to be identical, as both provide perfect transparancy. However comparing the APE and the FLAC file I heard the same subtle difference that I had heard between the MP3 and the FLAC.I figured that this wasnt logical at all, but I can't figure out what is happening here. I am not using very great headphones (Basic sony earbuds) but the difference IS there. I blind tested myself and I picked out the FLAC each time, easily. It sounds "fuller" like the difference between a low encoded mp3 to a high one.The only possibility I can think of is that I screwed up the FLAC encoding and it just sounds "better" to me because I'm retarded (The MP3 and the APE sound identical).So what's going on? Is it indeed possible for lossless codecs to vary in results?