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post #16 of 25
Thread Starter 
I've only listened to Illinois, so I'm pretty uneducated with Sufjan. A friend highly recommended Seven Swans, which apparently doesn't have the things that bother me on Illinois: its brass arrangements, and backing vocals that sound like an elementary school assembly.

Edit: But "Casimir Pulaski Day" rocked me!
post #17 of 25
Even with high end equipment the slight difference between v0 and FLAC is so small its not very noticeable. When you can rip yourself FLAC to just have them but for listening back use v0 (VBR)
post #18 of 25
flac on the computer, v0 on the go
post #19 of 25
just encode in 320. i cant tell the difference.
post #20 of 25
Thread Starter 
I use LameXP for encoding. It doesn't have a setting to choose "v0", but there's a Quality slider. What quality setting should I use for v0? Or is there better encoding software out there?
post #21 of 25
Give LameDropXPd a try.
I do not have it around (not on MS Windows), but think it provide the needed settings.
post #22 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks, I checked it out. I put it "0" for the field next to V, but the files are just as big as the lossless versions.
post #23 of 25
^ That may indeed be right.
V0 have a targeted bitrate of ~270kbps, and you may indeed have lossless files around the same bitrate (I know I do). If so, then MP3 is just a waste.
post #24 of 25
I go lossless whenever I can because it's the "better" choice. But honestly, when I put the 128k and the lossless side by side on my iPod, I can't tell a shade of difference.

Not one iota.
post #25 of 25
lossless all the way. flac and alac. my sansamod has no trouble with either. on a side note flac seems slightly easier to decode (shorter loading times/better battery life when playing flac than alac). so i prefer flac.
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