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    etrik,
    That is what I was thinking, when I started reading about all of the people using th IRMan I decided that would be the way to go, that is why I am ditching the touch idea, unless of course I find a really good deal on one...
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    Originally posted by steve671:
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    I have been using Music Match, and Creative Play Center to rip at 320kbps.
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    You might try some other encoders. I'm not a big fan of MMJB. Give LAME a try (LAME).

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    I think I am going to ditch the touch idea, (too pricy) can you recommend a 10inch VGA ... I would like one that will simply plug in without any special cables</STRONG>
    So you definitely want to go VGA rather than composite? I would think a composite screen would be acceptible if you aren't doing GPS or DVD. There are many suppliers for various sized composite screens that sell them reasonably inexpensively. Also, are you planning on mounting the screen in-dash or overhead?

    On a side note, have you considered a character LCD or VFD? They are generally cheaper than video LCDs. (I would do a VFD if I were in your case - high readability and very professional looking at reasonable cost.)

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    thumbs up for lame..... im using win32LAME at the moment (razorlame i think its called)... encoding at 192kps stereo (not joint stereo)..... sweet...
    Project - GAME OVER :(

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    I have a $1400 home stereo system, and it's painful to hear a 128kbit/s encoded MP3. It's not difficult to tell the difference between a 192kbit/s MP3 and the original CD either, but beyond that it's usually fine. I encode all my stuff at 192kbit/s VBR with lame and am happy with that, there are only a few songs that I had to re-rip at 256kbit/s because I could notice it (but I am a bit of an audiophile... don't become one, it's a VERY expensive habit, and once you have become one, there is no turning back).
    IN DEVELOPMENT -- '96 Mustang, lilliput with PII/450 laptop, custom DC-DC power supply, 60GB; Garmin GPS; 802.11g; compact keyboard, small graphical LCDs, OBDII.

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    EAC + Lame at 192 Stereo CBR never been a fan of vbr for songs.

    if you really are paranoid and want to use wavs, u can check out monkeysaudio.com, which compresses a wav (like winaip compression) so you dont loose any quaility and you can still add id info like mp3s.

    but 192kbps stereo is best

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    yeah im not a fan of VBR either...... in winamp u get that funny stuff, where it re-calcs the total playback time of your mp3 file during playback....
    Project - GAME OVER :(

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    True, winamp doesn't understand the length of VBR recordings (28 minutes?), but since I am trying to fit as many songs onto a given amount of space with the best quality available...VBR is the only way go to.

    128K is too lossy.

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    Originally posted by DodgeCummins:
    <STRONG>True, winamp doesn't understand the length of VBR recordings (28 minutes?), but since I am trying to fit as many songs onto a given amount of space with the best quality available...VBR is the only way go to.

    128K is too lossy.</STRONG>
    not so much that it doesnt understand.... it is the narture of the format, VBR as the name suggests has different bitrates through the stream, theus winamp cant just work out time as a mathematical function between the encoded bitrate vs. the filesize.... the further winamp looks into the file (thru playback) the better the estimation winamp can make....

    yeah 128kps is rather lossy.... but since im stuck to 56Kps for downloading I would rather download more 128kps mp3's than fewer 192's. as I said eairler in the thread, mp3's I rip/encode myself from cd's I ALWAYS do 192kps stereo.
    Project - GAME OVER :(

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