I tried WinABX. I am troubled... 2003-04-28 18:10:25 I finished ripping about 90 CDs which I plan to host on a seperateserver.My initial plan was to compress all the CDs using FLAC. I like theidea of lossless compression. I fear the use of a lossy compressiontool like LAME, OGG or MPC because I know that in a year or so abetter lossy codec will appear that fixes something. Knowing how analI am, I know I will want to re-rip everything and re-compress with thenew tool. It took me a week to rip 90 CDs so I would like to not haveto re-rip to often. Yesterday, just for the fun of it, I downloaded some test samples fromhere, and I made some myself with my own music. I encoded all theWAVs to LAME aps, OGG q6 and MPC q5. I used WinABX to check whether Icould tell the original WAVs from their compressed form. Most of thetime, I couldn't. I couldn't tell LAME aps from the original even forstuff like castanets.wav, c44.wav, etc. The only test sample I couldtell most of the time was the beginning of the song "La petite fillede la mer" from Vangelis (from his "Themes" album). There was some,huh, wobbling at the beggining. My girlfriend could ABX it about 50%of the time. I couldn't do better than ~30%.My test equipment is:soundcard: extremelly cheap & integrated sound card in a Dell OptiPlexGX260.speakers: Koss PortaPro headphones.Am I unable to tell the difference because of my cheap equipment?Right now, I don't know what to do... I am VERY tempted to go for alossy codec (I can't tell LAME aps from MPC q5 so... I guess any woulddo).Am I just plain deaf or my ears are not trained to pick-up artifacts,or... ??