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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, 17:24
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I think the consensus at such bitrates is that problem samples are very rare for either mode and are usually fairly subtle and not too unmusical in nature.

halb27's modified lame in -V0+ mode fixes a certain group of fairly rare problem samples (particularly short block tonal samples) and improves a few more without making them completely transparent. It tries to reserve as much bit reservoir as possible to allow momentary bitrates to greatly exceed 320kbps (e.g. 480kbps or so) for key frames in many of these samples, where a constant 320kbps bitrate approach might not reserve as much bit reservoir.

I'd be tempted to recommend -V0+ in halb27's modified lame as about as robust as you'll get with MP3 at the moment if you don't care about file size, though there may be future tunings that improve it further, especially given internal psymodel improvements in lame 3.100 alpha2. Proving or falsifying that when problem samples are so rare, however, is next to impossible.

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