Again, no complaints for either one! I'd be none the wiser just going by ear.
The mix is a big deal. Hopefully obvious!
Non destructive mastering (that means no volume war or bionic treble blast) is a big deal.
These delivery formats are solid.
Agreed 100% on this.
It's somewhat of a given everyone in this group would prefer lossless. But sometimes what is done in the mastering stage can make a bigger difference. This happens with multi-channel audio or even mono film soundtracks more often than most realize. Sometimes it is a new transfer of the mag tracks that now have issues that were not present in a previous release. Or excessive noise reduction or dynamic range compression is applied on the latest reissue. Some at first may find this blasphemous but there indeed are occasions where that 384kb/s Dolby Digital track on that old crusty laserdisc is better than the latest lossless DTS-MA track.