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Hey,

I was curious what digital music file format (i.e. MP3) my fellow head-fier's use so I decided to post a poll.

Am I missing any formats that should be on it?
 
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Ooops... meant to include it... Ah well, I guess it counts as Other.
 
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Computer: Wav or SHN

Portable: Minidisc for on the go and pcdp for stationary listening.
 
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u can hear the difference between CD / MP3 with $80 speakers..
 
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Quote:

Originally posted by final-fantasy
u can hear the difference between CD / MP3 with $80 speakers..


Sometimes yes. It depends on a lot of factors such as bit-rate, encoder, and the content of the music. The biggest problem that I have with MP3 is that sometimes, on some songs it works great... other times it sucks.

Generally encoding at 192+ with LAME makes it okay...but the difference is still evident if you listen carefully. I often hear a slight debalance in the top frequencies.
 
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MiniDisc for portable listening. Don't really use computers for music, but MP3 I suppose.
 
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Quote:

Originally posted by blip
Sometimes yes. It depends on a lot of factors such as bit-rate, encoder, and the content of the music. The biggest problem that I have with MP3 is that sometimes, on some songs it works great... other times it sucks.

Generally encoding at 192+ with LAME makes it okay...but the difference is still evident if you listen carefully. I often hear a slight debalance in the top frequencies.


yes, mp3 is still acceptable most of time, but the real problem is how can i listen to the music with my HD600 directly connecting to a mp3 player.. ? it's crazy to carry an Amp on my way home...
 
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btw.. i can hardly bear the sound of SONY E805 on my MD player..
 
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Hmmm... It looks like MP3 is winning... that's a surprise.
 
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Meh, mp3 if I have to. . . I use minidisc on the go, although mpc is really starting to intrigue me.
 
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although mpc is really starting to intrigue me.


Try it, I think you'll like it. At least I did, but it may be some trick with my ears. (I haven't done blind A/B comparisons so some of my affinity for it might be psychological.)
 
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I've been considering the use of lossless formats for my collection, but I've already assembled quite a large compilation of mp3s. For me, at this point, I am willing to take the minor quality hit that is between a 256 kbps encoded mp3 and a lossless format. When I've got about 10,000 songs encoded in mp3 (it took me a very long time to rip these...) I really have no interest or space on my HD to rip again to a higher quality.

It's a question of the cost of convenience. For me, it does not surprise me that MP3s are leading. I still listen to CDs when I want the best quality though anyways. A dual system works best for me... CDs for quality preservation and extended listening, MP3s for tunes on the go and convenience.
 
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Quote:

Originally posted by final-fantasy
yes, mp3 is still acceptable most of time, but the real problem is how can i listen to the music with my HD600 directly connecting to a mp3 player.. ? it's crazy to carry an Amp on my way home...


Don't know if you already know...

But there are several prety small options available out there that will allow you to carry an amp on the go. In terms of super-portability, there is the super-mini or the mini which used to be available through fixup.net, and which will probably be available again in the not too distant future. There are also mini versions of the Meta42, which look like they are pretty small and can fit in a pocket. Barring that, there are other amps such as the cha47 which can fit into altoids cans and such.

Just thought you might be interested.
 
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