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MP3 320 vs AAC 320

Discussion in 'Sound Science' started by salannelson, Aug 29, 2009.
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  1. salannelson
    thats it
     
  2. greenhorn
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by salannelson /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    thats it



    I agree [​IMG]
     
  3. gordolindsay
    Have you tried to listen to samples of the same song encoded in both formats? Can you tell a difference? I chose mp3 because it is more compatible, both should sound just like the original. It's very hard to ABX samples at 320.
     
  4. ackers07
    Not sure about AAC but OGG -q8 sounds better than mp3 320kbps to me. Slightly fuller/cleaner sound. And smaller file size as well.
     
  5. badmonkey
    Both are totally transparent with the vast majority of music to all people, regardless of claims. You can detect flaws at this bit-rate only with known problem samples. Go track down testing at Hydrogen Audio, AAC should in theory be slightly superior, but the differences will be trivial.
     
  6. anetode
    The differences at 128kbps aac vs. mp3 are far greater in scale than the differences at 320kbps. If you're ripping audio at such low compression ratios, you might as well go lossless.
     
  7. eduj
    320 kbps AAC sound very good on my set up (2009 Mac mini-->Xindak DAC-5-->Stax SRM-323ii-->Stax Lambda Signature) .Almost as good as ALAC.
    Lame mp3 320kbps on the other hand not so much...the sound is harsher and a bit less detailed than either AAC 320 or ALAC.
     
  8. dura
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    The differences at 128kbps aac vs. mp3 are far greater in scale than the differences at 320kbps. If you're ripping audio at such low compression ratios, you might as well go lossless.



    WAV is 1411kbps, so the file size is 4.5 times larger. But if your player supports lossless compressed like FLAC, I agree. Unfortunately my beloved Sony X1060 doesn't, so I use MP3 320 VBR.
     
  9. charlie0904
    i can't really hear the difference.
     
  10. DeusEx
    Very similar.
     
  11. AtomikPi
    I have never found a sample that is transparent with AAC but not MP3, plus mp3's more compatible. Finally, v0 achieves almost all the SQ of 320 at a lower bitrate. So I use mp3.
     
  12. Ferrariman
    I don't think many could hear the difference, and tell you which one is better consistently.
     
  13. csommers
    If I had to choose, I'd go with AAC. Could I tell the difference? probably not so much.
     
  14. krmathis Contributor
    Depending on the encoder...
    But without knowing the encoder I would pick AAC, as imo there are a higher chance that the audio is transparent.
     
  15. feh1325
    mp3 because its more universal

    and because probably 85% of my library is ripped like this
     
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