I am using westone 3 phones in my ipod touch, and iTunes to import CD's.
I clearly notice the difference when I hear 128mbps conversions, compared to the 320mbps ones.
Being a bit of an enthusiast with all this I want to maximise what I am getting out of my headphones, so I tried Apple lossless encoding. It uses a relatively huge amount of memory for each CD, so I am wondering how far do i need to go with this.
Presumably, there is some level where differences cannot really be heard,
Can anyone give me advice on what encoding to use, because space on my hard disk is an issue, and so is the number of records i want to populate my 8Gb ipod with.
I think 320mbps is the minimum I want to use because I can clearly hear the difference with recordings up to this level, but above that I am unsure because since getting my new headphones I haven't really imported stuff at anything other than lossless. I also haven't been to the trouble of encoding the same CD at various bitrates to give it a fair assessment.
What are other headfiers' experiences with encoding at higher bitrates please?