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    For superior quality over MP3, you may be interested in Ogg Vorbis which is a lot like MP3 only using a better acoustic model that is designed to minimize loss. I have been reading about it a little. There is even a WinAmp and Sonique plugin for the format.
    http://www.vorbis.com/faq.html
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    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.
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    Why not go with VBR? I use the highest quality VBR when I rip my songs. It will vary between 60 and 320 kbps depending on what the songs require.

    AudioCatalyst can do it, maybe a few others.

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    oh, and it varies several times per second, not one bitrate for the whole song.

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    AudioCatalyst is Xing.

    And yes. that's the whole idea of VBR (Variable Bit Rate).

    Bah. Xing.
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    Originally posted by nester:
    <STRONG>For superior quality over MP3, you may be interested in Ogg Vorbis which is a lot like MP3 only using a better acoustic model that is designed to minimize loss. I have been reading about it a little. There is even a WinAmp and Sonique plugin for the format.
    http://www.vorbis.com/faq.html</STRONG>
    The vorbis codec is pretty great. I tried ripping an audio cd in mp3 and .ogg at both 128kbps and 320kbps. I noticed a big difference at 128kbps. The .ogg codec sounded MUCH better. But I couldnt notice much difference at 320kbps. But I should note that I have a cheesy on board sound card. That could have made a difference. But with 128, it was pretty distinct! I may have to switch to .ogg! Too bad this format has not caught on yet like mp3!

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    I'm looking at my Technics SH-AC300 Dolby Digital/PCM decoder and wondering how to run it of 12 volts. There isn't much inside the case. Hmmm Dolby Digital in the car

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    If you have a system like that, switch to a lossless format like I've done. There is a difference, small yet noticable.

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    I don't even have dolby digital in my home.... I think I would have to kick my self if it got into my car before my house

    Then again, I really dont listen to music or annything in my house.... come to think of it, I dont spend that much time in my house, maybe thats why im so obsessed with the car-puter thing. humm......
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    Originally posted by Technics:
    <STRONG>I'm looking at my Technics SH-AC300 Dolby Digital/PCM decoder and wondering how to run it of 12 volts. There isn't much inside the case. Hmmm Dolby Digital in the car </STRONG>

    Panasonic actually makes the AC300 in a mobile DIN format. I was going to set up my MP3 computer with this processor, but I decided to just get a SB Live! 5.1 to save the several hundred dollars Panasonic wants for their mobile unit.

    I also had the home AC300, but I sold it to get a receiver with DD & DTS.

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