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Helix vs. Lame, Which one to choose at higher bitrates?
Gainless
post Dec 31 2012, 04:21
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So I've seen that Helix was rated equal if not superior to Lame at the last mp3 listening test. I've done a few tests with Helix on my own at 192 kbps with the result that it does a lot better than Lame on many "killer" samples. However there are issues with the handling of high frequencies at bass heavy material, e.g. that quite audible content is removed when a kick appears (was also noticed in this thread), which seems to be little dependent on how high the choosen bitrate/quality is.
From that perspective alone I would prefer Helix, also regarding the encoding speed, but I don't know if this is the only "Achilles heel" of this encoder. Are there any other reasons than the performance at high frequencies to choose Lame qualitywise over Helix?

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post Jan 5 2013, 16:54
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I think I've found the reason for the mentioned poor high frequency handling, at least in some cases. It seems to be simply a bug that content at the right beginning of a file is not encoded properly. If this "beginning" part is set somewhere else, everything's fine again. Can it be fixed somehow?
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