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Ripping old CDs to MP3 using LAME - Resample?
post Oct 17 2012, 02:54
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Quick question to those who know a LOT more about high-quality lossy rips than I do.
Is there any perceivable benefit (or, perhaps, disadvantage) to upsampling CDs--which typically are encoded at 44.1khz - to 48khz?

I've compared a handful of tracks at both sample rates and, so far, can't tell any difference between the two.
Right now I'm running LAME 3.99.5 -v -V0 -q0 --replaygain-accurate.
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post Oct 17 2012, 03:16
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Upsampling adds nothing but an increased storage space requirement. Since the normal reason for lossy encoding is to decrease bandwidth and storage requirements, upsampling could be said to be a "bad" idea or at least a not very bright idea.

As far as effecting audio quality, it is probably a total null, but it is possible that the codec works better for 44.1kHz than for 48kHz. I don't recall reading anything about that, it probably isn't true, but having no interest in it, it is the sort of thing that might go in one ear and out the other for me.
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