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FLAC to OGG with dbpoweramp
h8uthemost
post Mar 7 2010, 12:00
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Hey guys,

I'm wanting to convert some albums to OGG straight from FLAC to put on my portable player, but with the best possible settings in dbpoweramp. So what slider setting should I use, and what setting in the Frequency and Channels box?

I usually always converted to mp3 V0. So is there a V0'ish quality with OGG? I pretty much know nothing about this format. But...I did read that OGG is supposed to have a superior sound over MP3, and in a smaller file size? Hope that's true.

I just converted an album to V0(slider all the way to the right on dbpoweramp, estimated bitrate 240kbps), and the album size came out to 61MB. Then, I took the same album and converted to OGG. And I slid the slider all the way to the right(estimated bitrate 500kbps, -q1 setting, under vbr setting), and the album came out to 119MB. So that's obviously not the setting that I'm wanting since the file size is so big. My bitrate setting was too high I'm guessing.

I tried one more time with the slider down to estimated bitrate of 224kbps(-q0.7 setting under vbr setting), and the file size came out to 55MB. So I'm guessing this is more along the lines of the setting that I'm wanting? Or would it be possible to go down to an even lower bitrate for smaller file size, but not really having to sacrifice sound quality?

Basically I'm wanting a setting with good sound quality, but with a small file size.

Thanks for any help.
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timcupery
post Mar 9 2010, 05:28
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just for the record, are you confident that your ears can distinguish VBR mp3 averaging around 160kbps (Lame V4)?
Let alone in portable environment?
I'd be interested to see at what level you are able to ABX.

ogg is probably slightly better than Lame mp3 at similar bitrate, but the diff is slim and hard to tell at any statistically significant level.

whatever the case, if you're keeping a library of FLAC files, you don't need to worry about archive quality of your mp3 or ogg files. Go V3 or V4 for mp3, or q5 for ogg vorbis.


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