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mp3 320kbps CBR or VBR?what s better?
takeshibeat
post Sep 30 2011, 11:43
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hi m new here
i have a hifi system marantz mcr 502 with speakers
on whom i listen to music via usb stick(mp3 320kbps cbr)
all of my music is in flac
i convert the music from flac to mp3 320kbps cbr with foobar2000
i wanted to ask is in my case better to convert the music to mp3 320 kbps cbr or 320kbps vbr?
what s the difference?
if its better to convert it to mp3 320 vbr, can you tell me a few softwares which are good for converting in mp3 320 vbr
is it possible that if i convert an album in mp3 320kbps vbr, that i will get a smaller bitrate than 320kbps??
that s why i thoguht its better to have 320 kbps cbr because thats always 320kbps the same, i thought that if i convert it in vbr 320kbps ,that i could get than a smaller bitrate like 256kbps or ....
and also i don t have in the foobar converting options(converter setup) the ability to convert my music in mp3 320kbps vbr
i just can download the music in mp3 320 cbr

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dhromed
post Sep 30 2011, 12:18
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At such high bitrates, the difference is largely technical. I am confident you will not be able to tell them apart from your flacs.

When you set the quality slider to just below the max setting, you will produce files that are perfectly fine. If you're not confident that the max VBR of foobar and 320CBR sound the same, you can do an ABX test with two file converted from the original flac.

Happy convertin'.
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MikeFord
post Sep 30 2011, 22:21
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QUOTE (dhromed @ Sep 30 2011, 04:18) *
At such high bitrates, the difference is largely technical. I am confident you will not be able to tell them apart from your flacs.

When you set the quality slider to just below the max setting, you will produce files that are perfectly fine. If you're not confident that the max VBR of foobar and 320CBR sound the same, you can do an ABX test with two file converted from the original flac.

Happy convertin'.


I appreciate the quality neutral go test it for yourself attitude here, but in reference to the OPs question isn't VBR always the better option?
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post Oct 1 2011, 00:54
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QUOTE (MikeFord @ Sep 30 2011, 14:21) *
isn't VBR always the better option?


No, it depends. Maybe the files are going to be used in a situation where CBR is preferred or even necessary.
Op didn't state his aims for encoding to mp3. Whether it be file size, compatibility, or whatever.

I believe OP would be happy with Lame -V0.
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