Originally Posted by itsmejulieeye
Hi I guess there's people with more attuned ears than others then eh so we'll severely disagree on that 1 then but if you seriously think that by the OP Buying expensive & decent sounding IEM'S like the 1's being mentioned that it'll make their 128kbps MP3 's sound a lot lot better than by just buying say a pair of Shure 200 Series to listen to them on then your so so wrong as I try even 320kbp's Mp3's with my 535Ltd's & said MP3 always sounds bad.
& You must have cloth ears as my 10yr old can tell 320kbp's MP3 from an uncompressed wav/ flac within about 10 secs of listening to it & usually has about a 99% correct hit (guess rate)...
Anys we're getting way off thread here, IMHO the cheaper Shure 200 series actually make an MP3 sound bareable compared to the 535Ltd's making said MP3 rough sounding & I'm not the only 1 who thinks so.
So OP save your cash & buy cheaper IEM'S friend if it's for listening to 128kbps Mp3's on.
& Feel free to borrow my 10yr old daughter for any blind testing but be careful as her ears maybe more attuned than yours by a factor of 100
Nice sidestep . Note that I didn't talk about 128 kbps files.
Again I'll ask - have you ever done a proper controlled blind test? You clearly haven't and your defensive about it too (nice reference to my 'cloth ears' BTW).
It's simple to set-up. Take any redbook track (ie - take a CD) - rip the audio to the lossless format of your choice. Take the same track you ripped, and transcode it to lossy (try aac256 - I'm pretty sure in a proper blind test you'll fail. Your daughter will too). For the record - my 10 year old daughter, 12 year old son, and my wife can't tell. My wife can hear a cat walking on carpet from around 20 feet away - so nothing wrong with her hearing. Just adding that before the ad-hominems start again
Take your two files - load them into Foobars ABX tester. Volume match them with replay gain. Turn the blind results checkbox on. Do the tests. 15 iterations are usually enough. Post the log.
It's simple to do - and then you know for sure.
BTW - I readily admit I don't have perfect ears. At 46, I shouldn't have. But I do encourage people to take the time to actually test themselves instead of blindly trotting out the same old myths.
But if you don't want to take the time - can I suggest that you don't belittle or outright attack those who have. We know what our limitations are. Yes they're different for every one of us. But at the moment - you're only guessing, and I'd be willing to bet that those of use with so called cloth ears (who can't tell an original lossless file transcoded to high bitrate lossy from the lossy original) are actually in the majority.
Here's a step by step : http://www.head-fi.org/t/655879/setting-up-an-abx-test-simple-guide-to-ripping-tagging-transcoding