Which codec is best for lossless ripping?
Hi, I would appreciate a few opinions on which codec is the best to use for lossless files.
I'm asking this as I am going to re-rip (massively boring task!!) my cd's onto a new Synology NAS in a lossless format. I am going to purchase dbpoweramp software to do this. I will also be buying some 24 bit downloads as well where they give you a choice of codec to download. My thoughts are to rip the cd's into ALAC for my ipod and possibly flac for the Cyrus streamer that is also on my shopping list.
What I don't quite understand is that WAV runs at 1411kps and ALAC (and I would assume flac?) runs at around 1000kps. So how can they both be lossless and has anyone noticed a difference between the two SQ wise? I have also seen that flac has compression settings? Will this affect SQ? I have been told that for metadata and album art both ALAC and flac are better than WAV for storing this information. How so? However, I have also been told that ALAC runs at a maximum of 24/96 and not 24/192 for flac and WAV.
A lot of questions I know, but hopefully someone can point me in the right direction as I want to get this right first time! I will of course compare a few discs using different codecs but I would be really interested in people's thoughts on this subject.