Also I want to note, before I get flamed, that this is a beta right now, so it's really not ready for primetime, but rather.... something to look forward to in the (hopefully) near future. I don't own anything really hi-fi equipment, but i can still hear certain encoders from a mile away on some blown out kraco's (Xing).. I've settled with LAME for my MP3 encoding. At 192 or 256 or even VBR! VBR implementation under the later versions of LAME is quite good and I've been very impressed. Unfortunatly Xing foobar'ed VBR in their encoder. Mention VBR to just about anyone and they cringe. That and LAME is free.