I’ve had a chance to compare some six-channel, 24-bit, 96kHz musical content encoded in MLP and FLAC. Remember this complaint? Well, let’s just say the mix sounds great on my M-Audio/Klipsch 5.1 setup regardless of the format. My comparison points:

  • FLAC at compression level 8 required 1.42% more disk space than the MLP.
  • The FLAC content can be played at full resolution with Foobar2000.
  • The MLP content can be played at 16-bit/48kHz resolution in WinDVD. (Thank you, DVD Forum, for deciding that my hardware isn’t worthy of full-resolution playback of content I’ve purchased. References here.)
  • The FLAC content can be easily transcoded to other formats for use with other software or devices I own.