Play each file back and see if you can tell. I know I just go with CDEX and a high bitrate MP3 setting and frankly I can't find what was lost.
Hey what's going on folks. I have been searching around trying to find some info on all these different file formats and it's all very very complicated. My goal is to basically make the best quality copy of my CD's that I can! I also have plans to move to the dark/light side and get a Mac so I have to take into consideration that it needs to work with iTunes and also my iPod. This is what I have figured out so far:
ALAC (Apple Lossless) - It's a decent way to go but can't be played on every player out there because of the .m4a
FLAC (Free Lossless) - Also a good way to go, but don't know the options it has. Suppose to make an exact copy of the music without compromising it at all.
MP3 - Lossy. You lose quality after encoding it to mp3 format.
AAC - Lossy as well but smaller file sizes then mp3 and better quality then mp3 at a lower bit rate
Correct me if I am wrong on anything. Thanks all for your help!