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Originally Posted by ExistentialEAR View Post

what is the bitrate of itunes? Sounds fine to me.

Pretty sure that 256kps AAC is the current standard.

post #287 of 289

I think OP's question is interesting and more complex than it looks at first.

 

It comes in 2 parts >  the "worth" part, and then the "320kb" part.

And then it conflates the 2 parts.

 

 

The "worth" part: everyone, more or less, has their own idea of "worth".

Will 320kb files sound better in better headphones?

All else being equal?

To me, yes.  I'd guess "yes" to most people.  

So, for them, it would be "worth" investing more in "better" headphones.

 

Next - the 320kb part:

 

Do 320kb files sound as good through better headphones than higher bitrate files?

To me they don't - assuming very good recordings. I think lossless sound better.

 

But I'd guess that to most people, who listen to music for background or sheer pleasure

(as opposed to gearheads, musicians and the like analyzing every note) -

it doesn't make a difference.

 

 

Finally, it doesn't matter into which group one fits.

We're all valid in our music listening and preferences.

 

One doesn't have to listen to lossless files or CD's

simply because they exist.


Edited by zazex - 7/31/15 at 8:15pm
post #288 of 289

No need to overthink it.  It is all just opinions, but if headphone A is generally considered to be an improvement to headphone B, this can be observed with 320 kbps content as well as lossless.  Maybe lossless sounds better than 320 kbps, but that difference would barely be a notch on the total scheme of things when the differences in the transducers are brought into play.

post #289 of 289
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Originally Posted by zazex View Post
 

I think OP's question is interesting and more complex than it looks at first.

 

It comes in 2 parts >  the "worth" part, and then the "320kb" part.

And then it conflates the 2 parts.

 

 

 

 

Wow. My head hurts.

 

:p

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