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Best "bitrate" for audio quality ? (dloading from internet)


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#1 of 5 OFFLINE   Kevin_Breeze

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Posted January 09 2006 - 02:21 PM

Is higher better or lower?? Most are 128 but some are quite a bit higher and others are lower. Whats the best audio quality for burning to CD's, higher or lower??

#2 of 5 OFFLINE   Dick Knisely

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Posted January 09 2006 - 02:49 PM

Higher is better. 128kbs is usually considered to be the minimum to be CD quality for MP3s, tho' personally I don't think anything under 192k sounds as good as a CD.

There's no best per se -- well, actually the best would be a lossless compression rip to a .wav file or similar format. The penalty, of course, is file size. Personally, I use a variable bit rate setting with the min at 160k and the max at 320k.
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#3 of 5 OFFLINE   Kirk Gunn

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Posted January 10 2006 - 01:25 AM

tho' personally I don't think anything under 192k sounds as good as a CD


192k here also !

#4 of 5 OFFLINE   Herschel

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Posted January 10 2006 - 01:29 AM

I'm surprised you're seeing a lot of 128kbps out there. Pretty much everyone agrees that's not high enough to sound good. 192kbps is a good minimum, preferably VBR.

#5 of 5 OFFLINE   Scott Merryfield

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Posted January 10 2006 - 05:34 AM

See my reply to the same thread you posted in the Audio/Video Sources forum. FYI, it's generally frowned upon the post the same question in multiple forums here.