I've ran around the forum trying to look for an answer to my question exactly, but the results didn't really turn up well. That or I'm just really bad at doing research. Anyways, here are my questions: 1) If you have a music file at a bit rate of 320, does it matter how it's encoded? Sometimes I get files encoded with LAME and sometimes the source is unknown. Does this affect sound quality to an audible degree? 2) If you have a music file at a bit rate of just simply 320 kbps, in comparison to a file at 192 kbps CBR, which is better? What if it's compared to 192 kbps VBR instead? I know that the answer will partly do with saving space on the hard drive, but let's say that that's not too much of a problem what with external portables these days. I really appreciate any helpful comments so, thanks.