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Anyone else use 320 kbps mp3's?, n00b here.
320 kbps mp3's
Do You ever use 320 kbps mp3's?
Yes, rarely. [ 117 ] ** [23.12%]
Yes, often. [ 93 ] ** [18.38%]
No, never. [ 296 ] ** [58.50%]
Can you tell the difference between 256 kbps VBR or CBR mp3's and 320 kbps mp3's?
Yes. [ 48 ] ** [9.49%]
No. [ 434 ] ** [85.77%]
Only between 256 CBR and 320 CBR [ 24 ] ** [4.74%]
Total Votes: 643
  
JAKE196
post Jul 31 2008, 00:28
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Hi, I'm kinda new to compressed audio encoding. . .

My Mp3 player supports mp3, aac, wma, and wav files and after doing a lot of listening to the different lossy formats and bitrates I decided to use 320 mp3's because to my ears they sound almost as good as CD quality, minus the frequency cut off.

I'm just wondering if anyone else here uses 320 kbps mp3's at all?

I've looked at some other threads and a lot of people say that if you are going to use 320 kbps mp3's you might as well use a lossless codec, and I understand that. (however, I use them because my player doesn't support any compressed lossless format)

I've also seen a lot of statements that 320 kbps is a pointless bitrate and something like 256 vbr is the highest thats worth using no matter what. I really don't agree with this, there is definitely an audible difference between 256 CBR or 256 VBR files and 320 files, to my ears anyway. (do I have really good ear's? I'm wondering) I have to admit LAME mp3's can pick up a lot of detail at 256 and 192 kbps, but they still don't sound as good as 320 mp3's.

I usually use 320 kbps mp3's, with the exception of fairly simple songs or exceptionally long songs, for which I use 256 kbps.

Just wanted to express my opinion and see how many other people use them, peace. biggrin.gif

So answer the poll if it works. (this is my first post. . . )

I'll check back later.
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2Bdecided
post Jul 31 2008, 10:46
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"Can you tell the difference between 256 kbps VBR or CBR mp3's and 320 kbps mp3's?" is a rather general question. The answer is generally no, but there are some samples where it's possible.

Cheers,
David.
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Slipstreem
post Jul 31 2008, 14:33
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QUOTE (2Bdecided @ Jul 31 2008, 10:46) *
"Can you tell the difference between 256 kbps VBR or CBR mp3's and 320 kbps mp3's?" is a rather general question. The answer is generally no, but there are some samples where it's possible.
Agreed. I replied "no, never" to "Do You ever use 320 kbps mp3's? I never use MP3 in CBR320, but my VBR encodings all the way down to -V5 make at least ocassional usage of blocks at 320Kbps so, in hindsight, I "lied".

Wouldn't it make more sense to ask whether people generally use CBR, VBR or even ABR with LAME and provide options more like this...

Do you use CBR? yes/no

At what bitrate generally? 320/256/192/160/128

Do you use VBR? yes/no

At which -V setting generally? 0/1/2/3/4/5

...(same questions again for ABR)...


Wouldn't that make more sense than answering a poll that seems to set out to prove one thing rather than adequately explore the available options?

If the details were collated on LAME on a version-by-version basis, it could be stickied so that people who genuinely want to be told what bitrate to use and don't want to ABX or don't have the technical know-how can just pick the most popular setting(s) from the sticky. You could put updated poll results in the WIKI, or at least provide an easy-to-find link to it on the WIKI front page.

People answering the poll would still have the chance to comment in the poll thread and explain the reasoning behind their particular choice, but they'd only be answering the poll and not having to give the same reply out to hundreds of people individually every time someone arrives who simply doesn't understand but is keen to encode into MP3, hopefully with LAME as their encoder.

It would save us from being asked the same questions and giving the same answers over and over again at least twice a week by my reckoning. smile.gif

Cheers, Slipstreem. cool.gif

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post Jul 31 2008, 16:23
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"Good for you but that is not what this thread is about. This thread is about your/everyone's ability to distinguish between a 320kbps mp3 file and lower bitrate ones."

Is that what this is about? Really? I believe I've said twice this is simply my opinion and it may not apply to everyone. . . I think I just have sensitive ears. this particular statement just popped out at me and I had to reply.

I'm not going to bother you people any more, but i just did a sound test comparing a 320 kbps mp3 and a 282 kbps mp3 of the same song and I am absolutely sure there is a difference. I am not hallucinating. Mind you, it was a very complex electronic rock song. . . most songs i suppose 256 is all you need, but I listen to a lot of complex electronic, electronic rock, alternative rock, and metal. The main things I could tell is the vocals sounded a lot more 'real' and sound effects and guitar solos sounded better. . .

If you really think that there is no difference or 320 kbps actually sounds worse, maybe your ears just aren't good enough. If you think the difference is negligible and it only worth using about 256, that's very understandable to me.

Once again, I made this thread only to express my opinion and hold the poll, not to force this idea on to you like a nazi, as you guys seem to see it. I only ask that if you have good ears and you don't have to worry about memory, consider the bitrate.

Sorry for all the hullabaloo, you guys are practically experts after all, you don't have to listen to me.

EDIT: if you want me to take a test though, I'm willing, pm me or something and i'll reply eventually. . . I don't know how to set up one.

Good bye.

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- JAKE196   Anyone else use 320 kbps mp3's?   Jul 31 2008, 00:28
- - Fandango   When your main playback device for the MP3s is a p...   Jul 31 2008, 00:45
- - incunabula   QUOTE (JAKE196 @ Jul 30 2008, 18:28) . . ...   Jul 31 2008, 00:47
- - greynol   Yes, lets see some blind test results, JAKE196.   Jul 31 2008, 00:51
- - Kitsuned   320 is a waste of space with no valuable gain in o...   Jul 31 2008, 01:31
- - JAKE196   Sorry, I should have read the rules, I didn't ...   Jul 31 2008, 01:55
|- - kornchild2002   QUOTE (JAKE196 @ Jul 30 2008, 18:55) Sorr...   Jul 31 2008, 03:35
|- - krabapple   QUOTE (JAKE196 @ Jul 30 2008, 20:55) Sorr...   Aug 1 2008, 22:21
- - IgorC   QUOTE (JAKE196 @ Jul 30 2008, 20:28) My M...   Jul 31 2008, 01:59
- - shadowking   I never use 320k mp3. I suppose some might use it ...   Jul 31 2008, 02:06
- - lesswire   Hi JAKE196 I'm also new to HA which by the wa...   Jul 31 2008, 03:42
- - greynol   He may as well cut to the chase and ABX -V0 and -b...   Jul 31 2008, 03:56
- - odious_m   Only used -b320 for harpsichord. But now I've...   Jul 31 2008, 05:47
- - zombiewerewolf   I've never use 320kbps personally, only use it...   Jul 31 2008, 06:02
- - twostar   I never have and won't ever encode 320kbps mp3...   Jul 31 2008, 07:05
- - smok3   QUOTE Is there any way we can set up a test on thi...   Jul 31 2008, 08:55
|- - j7n   QUOTE (smok3 @ Jul 31 2008, 10:55) it sho...   Jul 31 2008, 09:48
- - hlloyge   Well, I tend to listen music on the go, on portabl...   Jul 31 2008, 09:03
- - Synthetic Soul   QUOTE (JAKE196 @ Jul 31 2008, 01:55) Sorr...   Jul 31 2008, 09:27
- - zorba   Do You ever use 320 kbps mp3's? Yes, often. ...   Jul 31 2008, 09:48
- - smok3   point would be: a. to support lazy users which c...   Jul 31 2008, 10:09
- - 2Bdecided   "Can you tell the difference between 256 kbps...   Jul 31 2008, 10:46
|- - Slipstreem   QUOTE (2Bdecided @ Jul 31 2008, 10:46) ...   Jul 31 2008, 14:33
|- - JAKE196   "Good for you but that is not what this threa...   Jul 31 2008, 16:23
|- - kornchild2002   QUOTE (JAKE196 @ Jul 31 2008, 09:23) ...   Jul 31 2008, 16:51
- - smok3   QUOTE (Synthetic Soul @ Jul 31 2008, 10:2...   Jul 31 2008, 11:57
- - incunabula   Not to beat a dead horse, but you have nothing to ...   Jul 31 2008, 18:50
- - JAKE196   I'll test myself then, what specific program s...   Jul 31 2008, 21:21
|- - tpijag   QUOTE (JAKE196 @ Jul 31 2008, 15:21) I...   Jul 31 2008, 21:35
|- - greynol   QUOTE (JAKE196 @ Jul 31 2008, 13:21) I wa...   Jul 31 2008, 21:57
|- - kornchild2002   QUOTE (JAKE196 @ Jul 31 2008, 14:21) I...   Aug 1 2008, 01:01
|- - sld   QUOTE (JAKE196 @ Aug 1 2008, 04:21) but i...   Aug 1 2008, 21:16
- - smok3   there is nothing radical in your point of view and...   Jul 31 2008, 21:30
- - Bodhi   VBR V0 here!   Aug 1 2008, 20:43
|- - Tahnru   QUOTE (Bodhi @ Aug 1 2008, 14:43) VBR V0 ...   Aug 1 2008, 20:44
|- - Bodhi   QUOTE (Tahnru @ Aug 1 2008, 21:44) QUOTE ...   Aug 1 2008, 20:52
- - Tahnru   @ Bodhi Ahhh! Sorry - I have been watching t...   Aug 1 2008, 20:58
|- - Bodhi   QUOTE (Tahnru @ Aug 1 2008, 21:58) @ Bodh...   Aug 1 2008, 21:05
- - HotshotGG   QUOTE I swear I could tell between a high bitrate ...   Aug 1 2008, 22:50
- - JAKE196   Well, I tried a couple of ABX tests and failed. ...   Aug 1 2008, 23:42
|- - Tahnru   QUOTE (JAKE196 @ Aug 1 2008, 17:42) Well,...   Aug 1 2008, 23:52
|- - JasonQ   QUOTE (JAKE196 @ Aug 1 2008, 17:42) Well,...   Aug 2 2008, 00:25
|- - Synthetic Soul   QUOTE (JAKE196 @ Aug 1 2008, 23:42) One m...   Aug 2 2008, 06:52
||- - Bodhi   QUOTE (Synthetic Soul @ Aug 2 2008, 07:52...   Aug 2 2008, 07:36
|||- - Synthetic Soul   QUOTE (Bodhi @ Aug 2 2008, 07:36) Maybe w...   Aug 2 2008, 07:59
|||- - Bodhi   QUOTE (Synthetic Soul @ Aug 2 2008, 08:59...   Aug 2 2008, 08:15
||- - sld   QUOTE (Synthetic Soul @ Aug 2 2008, 13:52...   Aug 2 2008, 09:32
|- - Alexxander   QUOTE (JAKE196 @ Aug 2 2008, 00:42) ... I...   Aug 2 2008, 09:01
- - greynol   @JAKE196: Regardless of the result, kudos for tryi...   Aug 2 2008, 00:15
- - kornchild2002   I agree with greynol. Look into using even lower ...   Aug 2 2008, 00:28
- - SpasV   Sorry, I am not going to answer the questions in t...   Aug 2 2008, 04:21
- - j7n   In comment to the very first post: I'd use 32...   Aug 2 2008, 09:26
- - JAKE196   Synthetic Soul, I knew I shouldn't have said ...   Aug 5 2008, 03:01
- - timcupery   Jake, I'm just reading over this thread and wa...   Aug 5 2008, 05:16
- - kornchild2002   It is nice that you are conducting blind ABX tests...   Aug 5 2008, 06:15
|- - Soap   QUOTE (kornchild2002 @ Aug 5 2008, 01:15)...   Aug 5 2008, 12:30
- - timcupery   QUOTE (Soap @ Aug 5 2008, 07:30) I agree ...   Aug 5 2008, 14:13
|- - Soap   QUOTE (timcupery @ Aug 5 2008, 09:13) [yo...   Aug 5 2008, 15:51
|- - JAKE196   Am I doing ABX tests the wrong way? Well this is t...   Aug 6 2008, 03:11
|- - greynol   For the record, I believe JAKE196. His ability to...   Aug 6 2008, 03:44
|- - kornchild2002   QUOTE (JAKE196 @ Aug 5 2008, 20:11) Am I ...   Aug 6 2008, 03:47
||- - Tahnru   QUOTE (kornchild2002 @ Aug 5 2008, 21:47)...   Aug 6 2008, 04:47
|- - Tahnru   QUOTE (JAKE196 @ Aug 5 2008, 21:11) Am I ...   Aug 6 2008, 04:20
|- - timcupery   QUOTE (JAKE196 @ Aug 5 2008, 22:11) I don...   Aug 6 2008, 04:31
|- - Synthetic Soul   QUOTE (JAKE196 @ Aug 6 2008, 03:11) I don...   Aug 6 2008, 07:41
- - lesswire   QUOTE I don't think comparing .mp3's to .w...   Aug 6 2008, 03:25
- - timcupery   Rob - I'd agree with you in technicalities. Bu...   Aug 6 2008, 05:07
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- - Tahnru   As far as the context for HA is concerned, I am in...   Aug 6 2008, 05:28
- - shadowking   I'd like to know what these differences are in...   Aug 6 2008, 05:46
- - smok3   QUOTE note that I am under 20 i belive ~ 25 is the...   Aug 6 2008, 08:12
- - shadowking   I think i've just about read enough of this me...   Aug 6 2008, 08:36
|- - JAKE196   QUOTE (shadowking @ Aug 6 2008, 01:36) I ...   Aug 6 2008, 23:25
||- - Synthetic Soul   QUOTE (JAKE196 @ Aug 6 2008, 23:25) So ma...   Aug 7 2008, 09:18
||- - digital_music   Hi, am interested in the general discussion you ar...   Aug 9 2008, 00:14
||- - carpman   QUOTE (digital_music @ Aug 9 2008, 00:14)...   Aug 9 2008, 04:22
|- - DonP   QUOTE (shadowking @ Aug 6 2008, 02:36) I ...   Dec 11 2008, 16:26
- - Slipstreem   Good man! Nobody here is trying to tell you wh...   Aug 7 2008, 04:21
- - JAKE196   Well I've done some more tests and I was surpr...   Aug 8 2008, 21:25
|- - kornchild2002   QUOTE (JAKE196 @ Aug 8 2008, 14:25) One d...   Aug 8 2008, 23:14
- - Slipstreem   Another person who thinks he knows better than the...   Aug 9 2008, 02:58
- - lesswire   QUOTE The actual audio is 'closer' to the ...   Aug 9 2008, 04:08
- - slimserver   From following this thread I went ahead and did an...   Aug 9 2008, 06:12
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- - xSerpentx   I always stay away from 320, you never know what i...   Dec 13 2008, 02:39
|- - Synthetic Soul   QUOTE (xSerpentx @ Dec 13 2008, 01:39) I ...   Dec 13 2008, 09:54
- - bwat47   320 kb/s mp3s are a total waste of space.   Feb 21 2009, 16:08
- - kwanbis   This post needs more votes, so it is more represen...   Feb 21 2009, 20:56
- - B7k   I have only used Mpeg-1 layer2 (Mp2) @320kbps or A...   Apr 14 2009, 07:18
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|- - /mnt   QUOTE (Rei Murasame @ Jul 3 2009, 21:00) ...   Jul 3 2009, 22:57
- - Eli   I use lossless (FLAC) for archiving and ABR ~128 m...   Jul 3 2009, 23:07
- - gorgekko   I use VBR. Back in ye olden dayes when MP3s were n...   Jul 4 2009, 01:04
- - Rei Murasame   QUOTE (/mnt @ Jul 3 2009, 22:57) QUOTE (R...   Jul 4 2009, 03:19
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