Originally posted by Sawg
The quality of any lossless compressed audio file will be the same as the WAV and the same it was on the CD. And with a Zipped WAV you really can't play them back.
-less means "without:
To be more specific, if you take a wav file (Wav1), compress it with FLAC, then decompress the FLAC to another wav (Wav2), You will end up with two identical files (Wav1 = Wav2).
When you play a FLAC file in a media player, the decoder is actually decompressing it back to the original wav file for playback.
Note that the above is true for any lossless format (or it wouldn't be lossless).