I try to get 320 kbps, but there are some 128s in my collection.
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12/24/08 at 6:10pm
Yeah, these threads are really amusing to those of use who lived through the days of analog audio where there actually was a significant difference between the various types of sources available. These days good DACs and modern encoding schemes provide such uniform consistency that people strain to imagine differences that most of the time aren't really there. I guess it just comes from a need to quantify things, no matter how small (or even nonexistent) any real differences are.
I've never seen a single real (meaning properly-conducted and blind) test where even trained listeners using high-end equipment could easily resolve high-bitrate compressed tracks from the source, yet somehow you commonly read of people here claiming to be able to easily and casually discern the difference. Think about it.
Interesting. This has definitely gotten me thinking. I think 128 kbps sounds good, but still use VBR, even though i can not tell the difference. I guess i don't have the "golden ears" eh?
I donwloaded some FLAC files, and compared them to 128 kbps. Could barely tell the difference.