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Should I go with CBR or VBR(0) for my mp3's?
post May 3 2012, 03:35
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Hi all, new to the forums. I had asked this question elsewhere and was told this is the best place to ask.

I'm currently in the process of re-converting my cd library into mp3's on my computer. Ultimately I'd like to get the best (lossy) sound quality I can get...and was originally planning to go with 320 CBR but I'm now reading a lot about VBR v-0 and how it's basically equivalent with an impossible to notice difference between the 2. I'm not concerned about space on my computer hard drive but I do plan on loading up these mp3's to my iPhone (where space can get scarce). I just converted 2 FLAC files and noticed a 1.5 mb difference between the 2, but as far as I can tell, no real degradation in sound quality.

Id just like to get some thoughts on this. I'm certainly no expert on the subject of sound science. To be honest, I'm not an audiophile at all...but at the same time, I want to "future proof" myself so that I never do realize (like I did this time around) that I'd like to upgrade my library (upgraded my headphones and started noticing a difference in quality of some mp3's).

Is there any reason why I may regret going with vbr v-0 over cbr or will I thank myself for saving the space? I figure that if some of the professionals on here cannot notice a difference then there is no chance I ever will. smile.gif

Also, if there are any mac users here, could you please give me your opinion on the best settings for converting FLAC/CD's in XLD? Are the below settings good?


This post has been edited by db1989: May 3 2012, 07:36
Reason for edit: TOS #6: not an MP3 tech issue / TOS #5: post completely different topics to their own threads
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post Jul 6 2012, 04:30
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320 and V0 are total overkill. I've heard the difference between 320 and lossless on a few samples. If I want to be confident there isn't going to be any huge problem, I use V2. If I want to try fit as much music into as small a space as possible, I use V5. V2 is more a precautionary measure. V5 still sounds great. If I want to eke out every last bit and make things sounds as good as I can make them, I use Vorbis aoTuV q3, but that's besides the point.

The people here are more than willing to help you find that optimal preset, if you care to do the research. 320 vs. V0 is totally a false dichotomy. If you want real quality, use lossless. If you want small files, use around V5. Lossless is a great place to start, because then you can convert to MP3 for your portable. If you aim a bit low, and find that V5 isn't quite enough, you just need to re-encode.

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- DaGrandMastah   Should I go with CBR or VBR(0) for my mp3's?   May 3 2012, 03:35
- - eahm   1) You will regret it if you don't save them i...   May 3 2012, 04:23
|- - Erich_2   cbr versus V0   May 3 2012, 11:17
- - twostar   I recommend ripping to ALAC. Itunes could then con...   May 3 2012, 11:22
- - LosMintos   QUOTE (DaGrandMastah @ May 3 2012, 04:35)...   May 3 2012, 12:33
- - DVDdoug   QUOTE I just converted 2 FLAC files and noticed a ...   May 3 2012, 18:06
- - shadowking   IMO you should take time to find out what is accep...   May 4 2012, 01:33
- - shadowking   I will add that if you really need to go with high...   May 4 2012, 04:57
- - antman   QUOTE (shadowking @ May 3 2012, 19:33) IM...   May 13 2012, 15:17
|- - timcupery   QUOTE (antman @ May 13 2012, 10:17) ABX J...   Jul 5 2012, 17:43
- - eahm   Reading my comment up there, I can't believe I...   Jul 5 2012, 17:59
- - halb27   It's fine to use moderate bitrate because qual...   Jul 5 2012, 21:45
- - yourlord   If one of the reasons for using "needlessly...   Jul 5 2012, 22:10
- - halb27   Yes, lossless is the way to go, no doubt after rip...   Jul 5 2012, 22:37
- - AshenTech   I agree on the "go lossless" thing, Its ...   Jul 6 2012, 02:49
- - RobertoDomenico   If you're planing to use Lame encoded mp3...   Jul 6 2012, 03:12
- - Canar   320 and V0 are total overkill. I've heard the ...   Jul 6 2012, 04:30
- - rhfrjpfdh   hello to all i'm interested in the question (l...   Sep 3 2012, 12:37
|- - Kohlrabi   QUOTE (rhfrjpfdh @ Sep 3 2012, 13:37) i...   Sep 3 2012, 13:20
|- - halb27   QUOTE (Kohlrabi @ Sep 3 2012, 14:20) Usin...   Sep 3 2012, 16:38
|- - Dynamic   QUOTE (halb27 @ Sep 3 2012, 16:38) QUOTE ...   Sep 3 2012, 17:22
|- - halb27   QUOTE (Dynamic @ Sep 3 2012, 18:22) ... b...   Sep 3 2012, 18:51
- - halb27   An actual post gives another sample that shows tha...   Sep 6 2012, 07:45
- - Dynamic   Thanks for the Angel Falls link, halb27. I ABXed t...   Sep 6 2012, 19:48
- - halb27   You are right in assuming I don't care about t...   Sep 6 2012, 20:43

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