mp3 320 should be smaller... I personally do v0 Vbr but some people might say its not as good as 320 straight. I personally think its fine and cant hear a diff. Files are lil smaller with the same quality when ripped to v0 Vbr.
Edit: Supposedly you can Rip down to V2 Vbr and not really tell the difference...Not to sure about that one.
LAME is transparent in no bitrate. I'm not sure the Zen supports AAC. If it's capable of playing back FLAC - give it a try, otherwise you should consider mp3 320kb/s FhG preferably, or wma 320kb/s 2-pass CBR. VBR 98 is less transparent, not worth trying.
Originally Posted by krmathis /img/forum/go_quote.gif Well, that certainly depends on a lot of factors. Like:
* LAME version.
* Music complexity.
* Playback gear.
* Your capability to hear artifacts, etc.
For most people (lets say 90%) LAME 3.97 V2 is transparent on most music (lets say 90%), using high quality playback gear.
Personally for me V0 is transparent on my gear for all my music; although admittedly it's not be worth the extra file sizes compared to V2, especially on an 8GB player like the OP's.
Whichever format you choose to load your music in your zen make sure you load up your files in lossless in your computer. Later you can choose to convert to a loosy format when you upload the files in your zen.
I say this because at first I uploaded my files in 128 mp3, then I went to 192 VBR mp3, finally into Apple Lossless. So do not go through the pain of going through various iterations, and load them into your computer as a lossless files the first time. In the long run it will save you time and aggravation.
Unless you truly don't care about storage space at all a better option would be to use a lossless compressed format like FLAC. This will give you a completely exact copy of the WAV file in approx. 50% less space.