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Re: [ARSCLIST] Try Real Alternative (was RealNetworks -- a horrid format from a horrible company)

Joel Bresler wrote:

Just curious, does anyone know how lossy MP3s at 320 kbps (the highest bit rate) actually are? When ripping CDs, these relatively sensitive ears find them virtually indistinguishable from the original. (I understand how there could be a big difference on relatively noisy 78s, though...)

There is no way to answer your question. It's of the form: How high is up?

Many find a loss of presence and of crispness in transients even at high bitrates. That implies good ears and good reproducing equipment. In simple terms: if you cannot hear the difference between a premium LP and its CD equivalent, you probably don't need more than 128 Kbps on most stereo material. The added dynamic range in MP3 is of no value when the source is only sixteen bits; the loss of highs is controllable with bitrate, but only in the last half-octave if you are using no more than 11:1 compression.


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