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LAME VBR CBR Confusion
post Nov 17 2012, 14:48
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Been reading this article about LAME http://wiki.hydrogenaudio.org/index.php?title=LAME but I'm still confused about wheather VBR V0 / CBR 320 which one is better than the other? Some paragraphs in that article seem to contradict one another..

Without getting into too much details which one IS technically the superior and why in plain english?

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post Nov 17 2012, 15:45
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The more you look into a definitive answer on that, the more you'll be reducing the answer to fewer cases.

The simple answer is that they try to do the same, while V0 is able to reduce the bitrate requirements.

In LAME 3.99, the internal tunings where changed so that V0 is stronger, and there is also halb97's modified lame, which pushes this further.

On the other hand, CBR in Lame 3.99 is also different to what it was in, for example, Lame 3.96. It was seen that applying the VBR algorithm with a fixed bitrate improved on some samples.

As such, there are many differences between versions on what "V0" is and what CBR320 is. The consequence of this is my initial sentence. You can't get a definitive answer so it all ends up on if you want or don't want the benefits of VBR, or if you still have a (rare) player that works worse with VBR files.
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