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Apple AAC TVBR quality level for portable use
post May 14 2012, 23:51
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What would you choose between ~165 kbps and ~195 kbps levels for portable? I listen through Etymotic ER4 IEM, the player is a Sansa Fuze.
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post May 15 2012, 02:03
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Depends on your typical listening environment. If you tend to listen in very quiet environments with a critical ear, you may see some benefit from the higher bit rates. In noisy environments where you're listening casually, try going down to 75-80 kbps. This may seem exceptionally low, but current AAC encoders are exceptionally good.

Remember that you aren't doing a critical, highly-focused ABX test when you're walking around town, listening to your portable player. Don't be afraid of the occasional artifact when storage space is a concern.
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