Hi everyone, I'm in the process of buying a new high end pair of in ear headphones (super.fi 5 pro) and I would like your advice re encoding techniques and audio formats. I've heard that the mp3 technique is optimised for space and not for quality, and, even though is an excellent algorithm for compressing music files for the majority of people, there are better methods (e.g. flac) out there with quality as a main goal. Recently, while surfing for info on the new headphones, I came accross the FLAC algorithm. I'm fairly new to the Mac OS, and totally new to the FLAC or 'different from mp3' music files. I literally know nothing about it. I'm able to use iTunes, I can rip CDs setting bit rates and basic iTunes settings, and I would like to make a step towards a better quality format. Is it just a question of installing the right plug in (in iTunes) and let iTunes do all the work and do I need to pla around with different encoding/coding sw and then iTunes? I used iTunes and I own an iPod. And I'm quite happy to stick to iTunes... Can somebody summarize the situation for me and give me an advice? How does a flac file look like? what's its extension? can it be played in iTunes directly? Thanks heaps!