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The LAME usage poll (3.97 only), this should be interesting
The LAME usage poll
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skelly831
post Jun 12 2006, 06:42
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With LAME 3.97b2 now being the standard for MP3 and people moving on from 3.90.3, 3.96.1 etc., it makes sense to me to make a poll to find out what everyone is doing with 3.97b2.

Please be nice and explain why you have chosen your answer smile.gif


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post Jun 12 2006, 07:44
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I use -V5 --vbr-new.
  1. I have personally never noticed any issues at this level, athough that isn't surprising as my ears aren't the best.
  2. I listen to a lot of my music in the car, or at work where my enjoyment is occassionally interupted by me having to do some programming, i.e.: listening conditions aren't perfect. Oh, add two young kids to that list.
  3. Testing performed by those with much better ears than I have proved that it is near-transparent, and that makes me feel warm and fuzzy (and a little less inadequate).


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LadFromDownUnder
post Jun 12 2006, 07:58
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Mid bitrate VBR: -V 3 --vbr-new... -V 5 --vbr-new

Did a fair bit of testing of material I typically listen to, and I'm happy enough with the above. Usually it's V3 but I'm trying V5 a bit lately.

The LAME folk have done an impressive job.
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Matyas
post Jun 12 2006, 08:52
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With the prices of flash memory going under the ground, size is not a matter any more, so -V 2 --vbr-new is just perfect for me.

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Madrigal
post Jun 12 2006, 09:05
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I use -V1 --vbr-new --noreplaygain --scale x.xxxx, because my personal anal retentive factor lies somewhere between -V2 and -V0.

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post Jun 12 2006, 11:01
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-V2 --vbr-new --noreplaygain most of the time (occasionally V0 for stuff I "care" about more). There's no reason to not use at least -V2, since the size increase is negligible and I'd rather reduce the risk of artifacts. tongue.gif
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GeSomeone
post Jun 12 2006, 11:17
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Where does "-V 2 -vbr-new -Y" fit in? huh.gif
I use that the most...

BTW I consider -V5 my low bitrate.

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Sebastian Mares
post Jun 12 2006, 12:12
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-V5 --vbr-new


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post Jun 12 2006, 12:27
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-V3 --vbr-new
though V4 is already transparent to me, and most of the time V5 as well
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k.eight.a
post Jun 12 2006, 12:35
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I'm using: -V 2 --vbr-new -Y
That is in fact the cross between High bitrate VBR & Mid bitrate VBR.
I want to have the best quality but avoid the sfb21 bloat. Expression in this thread. smile.gif


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post Jun 12 2006, 12:44
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-V3 --vbr-new --noreplaygain for music (as voted)

-V6 --vbr-new --noreplaygain for audiobooks

I know that some people actually use something along V2 (or even losless) for home stereo and so on and V5 for portable use which leads to 2 different libraries. Me, I use itunes and my ipod with the above settings and a losless image for backup purposes only (burnt to DVD). Hence, I feel like V3 is a good compromise for just one library.

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post Jun 12 2006, 12:49
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i use -V2 --vbr-new for high quality music and -V9 --vbr-new -mm for audiobooks.
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post Jun 12 2006, 13:09
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-V2 --vbr-new for me.

I've done several listening tests comparing -V2 --vbr-new to lossless files and to me there's no difference whatsoever.

The fact that foobar2000 comes with this setting as default for mp3 encoding says a lot.


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post Jun 12 2006, 14:00
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I've recently switched back to LAME MP3 from iTunes AAC and have chosen -V 2 --vbr-new as my setting. I wanted high quality files without the mass amount of data that lossless files would give me and -V 2 may as well be lossless to my ears.
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post Jun 12 2006, 14:25
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post Jun 12 2006, 14:58
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-V 4 --vbr-new

My personal "standard preset" for portable player usage (in -V 5 I find artifacts quite often). Of course that's only when it must be MP3, otherwise I prefer -q 4 OGG. wink.gif


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post Jun 12 2006, 14:59
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QUOTE (GeSomeone @ Jun 12 2006, 03:17) *
Where does "-V 2 -vbr-new -Y" fit in? huh.gif

I know this was going to come up, I guess -V 2 --vbr-new -Y could be counted as High bitrate VBR because it gives higher bitrates than -V 3 --vbr-new and the scale I used in the poll options lists -V 3 and below as Mid bitrate.


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post Jun 12 2006, 15:15
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I have voted for other...
QUOTE (skelly831 @ Jun 12 2006, 14:59) *
QUOTE (GeSomeone @ Jun 12 2006, 03:17) *
Where does "-V 2 -vbr-new -Y" fit in? huh.gif
I know this was going to come up, I guess -V 2 --vbr-new -Y could be counted as High bitrate VBR because it gives higher bitrates than -V 3 --vbr-new and the scale I used in the poll options lists -V 3 and below as Mid bitrate.


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post Jun 12 2006, 15:34
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-V3 --vbr-new

I use it because it's the highest setting that incorporates -Y automatically. I suppose I could use -V2 --vbr-new -Y. I actually did try that and the bit-rate difference between that and -V3 was insignificant.

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post Jun 12 2006, 15:46
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I use -v3 --vbr-new

A great compromise between quality and size, especially with portable players. Most of my music are in the 150-170 range, which is to me the sweet spot for bitrates.


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post Jun 12 2006, 16:12
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I am old fashioned, cbr 192k jstereo.


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post Jun 12 2006, 16:47
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-V 5 --vbr-new for classical music
-V 2 --vbr-new for non-classical music

LAME 3.97b2 has problems, so I use 398a3 in some cases that distortions are easily audible.
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post Jun 12 2006, 16:57
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QUOTE (Teknojnky)
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omg y u wanna destroy stereo ??ß?ß

I go with -V 6 --vbr-new as I use MP3 for my portable that only supports MP3 and WMA, the latter not being an option for me. When listening to music outside, I don't notice any artefacts that I would possibly spot when ABXing on my PC. At home, I use Vorbis.
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post Jun 12 2006, 16:57
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-V1 -- vbrnew

... for just that extra measure of quality assurance. It's purely psychological, I know, but what's a few MB more overall for peace of mind? smile.gif
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post Jun 12 2006, 17:02
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Last I used LAME, was using -V 3 --vbr-new. Stopped doing mp3 about the last 2 months or so
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