Audio enthusiasts often pride themselves on their ability to discern the tiniest nuances of a recording. They’ll research the best gear they can afford and seek the highest quality music formats to play on it. That last bit has led to the classic debate among the hi-fi crowd: Can you hear a difference between lossless music and high-quality compression? Many claim they can with the right equipment. Others think there’s no practical difference between lossless FLAC and, say, a 320 kbps MP3 – perhaps even lower bitrates with the right compression algorithms. But beyond casual comparisons, which open the way to…

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