Recorded and Mixed to 176.4kHz, 24-bit WAV PCM. The 17624 WAV files (17624 is our shorthand for 176.4kHz, 24-bit encoding) are the original digital file generation received from the artist or label. The DSD and FLAC files are considered second generation and made from conversions using our Blue Coast conversion methods. DSF and FLAC will offer the convenience of metadata that the WAV files may not.
After several blindfold tests, it is our opinion that the 17624 WAV files sound the best, followed by DSF and after that the FLAC 17624. The difference is minimal. We suggest you purchase files for your best performing home DAC. The DAC will make more difference than the file type.