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    Heres something i've never seen on here before. how critical are you guys with your sound. when i download MP3's i only use bitrates over 128. i do know that the 192kb MP3's sound better. so..i was just wondering what everybody uses in their carputers. is it whatever they can get to get the music on their hard drive or do you go for the better sound.

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    Re: MP3 bitrate

    anything from 128 - 192's. I do most of my downloading over a cable connection nowadays so I strive for 192kps always. When ripping/encoding I always use 192kps. It does sound much better...
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    • #3
      yes, try and get 192kbps, most new songs are ripped at 192. I notice a difference when i am in the car. I have been told that cd quality is 170kbps.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by RaZor
        yes, try and get 192kbps, most new songs are ripped at 192. I notice a difference when i am in the car. I have been told that cd quality is 170kbps.
        Depends on what you're using to rip with. The current batch of GNU speed rippers (Blade/LAME/etc) get "near CD quality" at 128kps. Fraunhoffer claimed CD quality at 128kpbs with their HQ setting. PCM CD Quality is 172kbps (WAV format)

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        • #5
          High Quality VBR (VBR 0)

          it changes betwen 32-320 kbps, depending on what's needed.
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          • #6
            only ripped my own cd's and i use 256.....
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            • #7
              Originally posted by spud42
              only ripped my own cd's and i use 256.....
              That is just a little bit i\over the top if you ask me.. all my mp3s are like 128 and 160, I don't think that any better is really nessisarry CDs are like 160..
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              • #8
                I notice anything less than 128kb. I almost never settle for anything less. By 192kb, I hardly notice any improvement in quality, so, in the interests of saving disk space, 128k is my preference.

                But then there are people with wayyy better hearing than me...

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                • #9
                  192k, stereo (dont use join-stereo)

                  and incase you wondering what tools to use for ripping (been covereed a few times before. (easier to say ahead before waiting to be asked)

                  EAC - ripper
                  LAME - compressor

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                  • #10
                    I personally use Music Match Jukebox, and have no GRIPES with sound quality.. apparently the quality isn't as good.. hmmm..
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                    • #11
                      Musicmatch Jukebox is terrible. the files sound patch to my ear.

                      I personally try to download 192k, if i can't get that i'll settle for 160k. I find that 128 is a little distorted when pumping at high volumes (I have a very clear audio system in my car), I hate distortion.

                      To rip, i use CDEX, which is bassed on the LAME encoder, sounds great, resonably quick.
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                      • #12
                        When I'm downloading, I won't settle for anything less than 128K. When I'm ripping, I rip at 192K. Can I tell the difference? Only if I listen closely. In the car, road and exhaust noise drowns out all the details of the sound anyway, so I really can't tell the difference then.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Aaron Cake
                          When I'm downloading, I won't settle for anything less than 128K. When I'm ripping, I rip at 192K. Can I tell the difference? Only if I listen closely. In the car, road and exhaust noise drowns out all the details of the sound anyway, so I really can't tell the difference then.
                          but we all feel more confy knowin that its high-bitrate music we are listening
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by THEMP3KID

                            That is just a little bit i\over the top if you ask me.. all my mp3s are like 128 and 160, I don't think that any better is really nessisarry CDs are like 160..

                            CD's are over 700 kbps (16bit X 44100 sampling)

                            There is a difference between even 320 kpbs mp3's and the original cd.

                            160kbps mp3's are NOT cd quality.
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                            • #15
                              I started using EAC and Lame. Each disk took a while to rip then encode. I got to one disc that was a little damaged. I first cleaned/repaired the disc with cd doctor then tried EAC and Lame. Well, with this I still heard pops and skipps when listening to the track. I then tried the same disk with music match and the distortion was gone. Also it took about 1/4 as long to rip/encode. Some people swear by EAC and LAME but if given a sound test I wonder how many people can actually tell the difference. I am not saying that there isn't one, I am just saying that I can't hear one. I encode at 160. And to be honest I am not sure if I can tell the difference between it and 128. To each is own.

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