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post Sep 27 2011, 12:38
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HI what is the best music content (genre, style) for performing listening test, in the sense that it does expose possible audio artifacts most reliably ?
And additional question, for listening test is it suitable to apply usual DSP effects (gr.equalizer + limiter). WIth these effects the audio sound "better" for me, but not sure if they don't suppres audio artifacts too.

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post Sep 27 2011, 21:14
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I applaud you for taking a scientific approach to selecting a codec, so many people do not. But are you sure you want to do this?

There is a whole training process you can go through to enable you to hear subtle problems, but once you are trained, you have made it more likely that you will hear problems in the future. Personally I worry that I might enjoy my music less in that case.

Storage space is cheap these days, so using a lossless codec is more practical now than it ever used to be. And any of the popular lossy codecs, at higher bit rates, are transparent to nearly everyone nearly all of the time, especially if they have not trained themselves to hear artifacts.

So why worry about it? Choose a recommended codec and settings and enjoy the music.
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