constant vs. variable bit rate

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  1. quasar

    quasar New Member

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    what's the difference and does it matter if i use 64kbps or 128kbps

    (can u tell the difference when playing it back?)
     
  2. barto

    barto you and your...third dimension

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    i believe 128 is cd quality. correct me if im wrong
     
  3. bandit

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    320kbps @ 48khz is cd quality, 128kbps @ 44.1khz is acceptable and very common. i personally like to use 160kbps @ 44.1khz when ripping cd's; anything below 96kbps is going to have noticeably inferior sound quality to cd's. variable bit rate is probably the best for sound quality and compression. i would try VBR, and if your not happy with the quality then stick with constant 160-192kbps
     
  4. AVengeance

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    some VBR MP3s won't transfer or play well with some portable players. I try to archive most of my stuff at 128kbps, and I make a LQ copy (48k) for use on my Lyra player.
     
  5. ChowYunSkinny

    ChowYunSkinny You no help me now...I say **** you Jobu. I do it

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    It depends on the music, but sometimes the VBR makes it sound more clear, at least in my experience. I think that the difference is so small though that unless your an avid audiophile, you won't even notice it. I personally prefer 192K constant, but the lowest I'll go is 128K.
     
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    no mp3 quality or compression is cd quality unless its a lossless codec (flac, apple losseless)

    128kpbs sounds bad i try not to download anything below 192kbps
    LAME alt-preset-standard (~220kpbs VBR MP3) is my compression of choice when ripping cds
     
  7. JordanClarkson

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    320k or bust. are we really struggling for drive space these days?
     
  8. Apheleon

    Apheleon okay

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    :ugh: i didn't even know people still had mp3s that were 128kbps
     

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