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post Mar 3 2006, 04:46
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I know this is taboo - re-encoding a lossy format like mp3 produces lower quality.

I understand this - however, when I'm splitting mp3's made by albumwrap etc...some files will not split properly so I have to re-encode them. I know some of you will not agree with my method but it always works properly after I re-encode. This is on only 1 out of every 30 files I find. I would never under normal circumstances re-encode an MP3.

My question is this - If I have a 320 CBR MP3 song file and I re-encode with let's say Nero or Musicmatch's encoder...what is the best recommendation to encode at?

Should I encode at 320 CBR again? Should I try 256 CBR? Or should I encode to VBR MP3? Although it will lose some quality - thats ok...question is - what is the next best format? I have EAC (Exact Audio Copy) with LAME 3.97, It doesn't allow me to encode mp3 or I would use it or am I missing something. Any help on the subject is appreciated.
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post Mar 3 2006, 07:30
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You also might find some relief in encoding with a different format, for instance, mpc or ogg as it would add different artifacts instead of adding similar artifacts.

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post Mar 8 2006, 01:12
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You may also try mp3directcut (www.mpesch3.de) that splits mp3 without reencoding. You can split mp3-files according to cue-files with it.

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