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I have "Golden Ears" Which AAC VBR Bitrate is acceptable?
KmanKaiser
post Aug 29 2012, 09:28
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So, yes, I have the "golden ears" everyone refers too...

I can actually hear the difference between FLAC, and MP3 320 kbps

I can hear the difference between 1,536 Kbps DTS, 800 Kbps VBR AAC, and 384/640 Kbps AC3 when I watch films, and my equipment isn't very fancy either


I just finished transcoding my FLAC discography of Eminem to 128 Kbps VBR AAC

I am thinking of retranscoding (again, from flac) to 192 Kbps or 320 Kbps VBR AAC
but is it necessary? (this is going to be for playback from my ipod touch)

My FLAC files look something like this...
Format/Info : Free Lossless Audio Codec
Duration : 6mn 42s
Bit rate mode : Variable
Bit rate : 2 849 Kbps
Channel(s) : 2 channels
Sampling rate : 96.0 KHz
Bit depth : 24 bits
Stream size : 137 MiB (100%)

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DVDdoug
post Aug 29 2012, 19:07
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So, yes, I have the "golden ears" everyone refers too...
In that case, only YOU can determine what YOU can hear!

If you ears are really that good, or if you are "paranoid", or if you are simply not concerned with file size, just go-ahead use the best possible AAC setting and try not to worry about it. Or if you have the storage space, go with ALAC. (Your iPod won't play FLAC, but it should play ALAC.)

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... and my equipment isn't very fancy either
You don't need high-end equipment to hear compression artifacts. If you hear artifacts on high-end equipment, you can probably hear them on an average system.

But, program material DOES make a difference. (Some songs are "easier" to compress than others.)

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