Originally Posted by Clincher09
I've always ripped my files in 192 kbs audio format, but some people will only accept 320 kbs. Is there really an audible difference? If I ripped all my music in 320 would there be a noticble difference in sound or will I just be using up more space? What about 192 kbs and windows lossless?
Also, is there a sound difference between mp3 and wma?
It depends on what codec and encoder you're using, how good your ears are, if you've trained your ears to hear artificats, etc.
You can go to hydrogenaudio.org to get the very best and most reliable information on the subject. Most of the information here is not reliable and is not adequately supported.
The differences are subtle enough so that ABX testing with a specialized software is the only way to go. You can go to hydrogenaudio for this. If you can hear the difference, more power to you. 192 kbps is getting in the range where many many people cannot hear a difference using most codecs, but a few truly can. The difference is generally much more subtle than say the differences between two pairs of speakers or two headphones, IMHO.
There are differences between the artifacts produced by WMA and MP3, but at some point they both dimish to the point of being inaudble.