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We've all heard the 256Kbps AAC vs 320 Kbps Mp3 debate... but what about 320Kbps AAC?

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Hello, 

 

So we've all seen the debate between 256 Kbps AAC vs 320 Kbps Mp3, and while many consider the differences to be almost negligible, people have come to realize that AAC seems to perform better with acoustic sounds, whereas Mp3 seems to handle electronic-sounding sounds better (synthesizers, wobble, etc), just from the different compromises they make when compressing audio.

 

That's well and good... but what about 320 Kbps AAC? I just noticed that iTunes will actually let me encode things into this using the custom options under the AAC encoder within iTunes. 

 

I'm currently testing it out using is the Dream Theater anthology I have in lossless... I've (of course) made backups of everything, so I don't see an issue there. 

 

Is it possible that 320 Kbps AAC will be better than 320 Kbps Mp3? 

 

Keep in mind that they are both being converted using the same lossless source. 

 

I'd like to get some more opinions on this, as there are some songs in lossless that I don't like as much. My absolute favorites, and most masterfully recorded albums, I want to keep in lossless, but for other stuff, I'd just like really good quality, paired with archives in lossless for the future.

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I will be quite surprised if anyone can hear the difference between the 320 kbps MP3 vs the AAC.  As long as the encoding goes well your ear is not going to hear a difference.

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I've tried both and can't hear any difference, however I stick with AAC.
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Originally Posted by NA Blur View Post

I will be quite surprised if anyone can hear the difference between the 320 kbps MP3 vs the AAC.  As long as the encoding goes well your ear is not going to hear a difference.

 

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Originally Posted by GSARider View Post

I've tried both and can't hear any difference, however I stick with AAC.

Thanks. I guess for the newer CD's I get, where I don't want to keep a lossless copy except for archival purposes, I'll just convert to 320 AAC. 
 

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