Just to be sure its all understood - I have a hint of slight misunderstanding in some posts.
dBpoweramp is a software package (www purchase) loaded onto your laptop/PC/Mac, that amongst many things like ripping CD's, is used to convert music file formats e.g. FLAC to WAV (it will convert any lossless file type to any other - it can also convert lossless to lossy e.g. MP3) The converted file is bit-for-bit & nothing is lost. The file - in your case WAV - is stored as a WAV on your NAS & your streamer plays that as & when you choose. dBpoweramp has no more involvement.
The other suggestion is to store the FLAC or other lossless format on your NAS & set the NAS media software to "transcode" to WAV, this feeds a WAV stream to the player each & every time its played, or as long as the NAS transcode setting is retained. The stored file remains FLAC & dBpoweramp is not involved.
I always use method one
Hi Mike-B: Thanks for that; my original query concerned the SQ between various file-formats. This was soon followed by my first (attempted -lol) download of a 24/96 file only available in a flac container (MQA was the album download ).
Since I just began 'streaming' (as in a few weeks back). As an experiment, I decided to record about 100 of my CD's in various file formats including wav., flac (Levels 0,1,5,8), AAC and most recently AIFF -something my computer (and definitely my ears) do not like; there's a disturbing "phase-y-ness" to the AIFF file download (dB poweramp and Foobar 2000 for playback) that is truly bizarre and un hi-fi like. Very strange.
In any case, WAV files has proven (to me) the far superior file-format than, specifically FLAC (the supposed lossless encoder). I've compared (blind) all the file-formats "on-the-fly" about 20-25 songs from basic rock & roll (poorly recorded no less) to, well more sophisticated fare. In all but one case, WAv was the best sounding. By far.
Therefore, if I was to download a file (music), and I see that it is"packaged" in a FLAC container, I become suspicious since my listening tests clearly and absolutely preferred WAV.
That leads to my current question: Does the FLAC file/container hold the entire CD information, bit-for-bit as a WAV file ? I guess my question is there a difference between a flac-file and flac "container"?
Remember, I wish all of my music-files to be encoded in wav. (for the reasons noted above).