Bitrate Preference?
Jul 18, 2008 at 3:07 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 37


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Jul 26, 2007
What bitrate do you guys prefer when encoding? I recently started getting all my albums up-to-date in 320kb because I'm planning on buying new iems and I don't want the low bitrates to ruin my new experience lol.
Jul 18, 2008 at 3:11 AM Post #2 of 37
ALAC or WAV (Lossless)
Jul 18, 2008 at 3:16 AM Post #3 of 37
Due to my DAP's limitation, either >192kbps LAME mp3 or 135~215kbps VBR wma. Both sounds fine to me.
Jul 18, 2008 at 3:55 AM Post #4 of 37
I use the Lame mp3 encoder at the V0 setting, which gives me 200+ kbps VBR files. They sound really good; doubtful I could distinguish lossless for 90% of my music. In a few years mp3's will no longer be necessary, though, I would guess.
Jul 18, 2008 at 6:05 AM Post #7 of 37
Variable bitrate here, anything between 2kbps and ~6470kbps.
Apple Lossless to be specific...
Jul 18, 2008 at 6:29 AM Post #8 of 37
WMA at around 320(it varies but is never lower than 306!) I find this gives exceptional sound through my sony NWZA826 and ety er6i's
Jul 18, 2008 at 10:26 AM Post #10 of 37
FLAC or OGG q8-10.
Occasionally 320 VBR MP3 and even more occasionally WMA Lossless.
Jul 18, 2008 at 11:16 AM Post #11 of 37
For larger capacity players, 4 to 8GB, using OGG@500Kbs which equals the highest Q level. For smaller capacity players, 128 to 512MB, using WMA@64Kbs. WMA@64 is outstanding for its quality of sound.

Some day lossless will get used, though.
Jul 18, 2008 at 12:06 PM Post #12 of 37
For Ipod use lame V0 (around 230Kbps vbr)
For home use I switched to FLAC. No reason to stay lossy with the current low storage prices.
Jul 18, 2008 at 12:27 PM Post #13 of 37
lame -V0

Lossless has a shot at sounding better, but -V0 is pretty far up the diminishing returns ladder.

I doubt it or 320kbps would ruin the experience

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