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Old 05-31-2004, 08:41 PM
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192 kbps MP3 vs 128 kbps AAC?

I was wondering what has the best quality? I usually rip my CDs at 192 MP3 files... what is the equavallent for AAC?
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It would probably be around 160 kbps AAC... If you're ripping at 192 kbps MP3 I would recommend VBR instead of CBR.





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I have no idea what that means. I'm using itunes to rip.
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Old 05-31-2004, 09:59 PM
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VBR = Variable Bit Rate
CBR = Constant Bit Rate

Some info I found (with a quick Google search) describing the difference between VBR and CBR:
http://service.real.com/help/faq/rjbvbrfaq.html




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I'd use AAC 192, if you're set on itunes and are a windows user. The mp3 encoder (for windows) is outdated.

I use mp3, and use EAC/LAME to rip and encode, mainly because the ipod isn't the only place I use compressed music. If the ipod is the only thing you're going to use, go with AAC--it's fast, and quality is excellent. If you're going to need mp3, then download EAC/LAME or CDex (If you're new to ripping/encoding, go with CDex--it's a bit easier to use, with comparable quality to EAC/LAME).

If you have a mac, you can tweak the mp3 encoder on Itunes, but not so for windows.



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Previously I've been using FreeRIP to rip my CDs to MP3. Although I dont think its worth it to re-rip all my CDs to AAC, I think from now on I will rip my new CDs in AAC.
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Tip, use dBpowerAMP's "dMC Audio CD Input" to rip. Fantastic quatity, superbly customisable, loads of plugins, and, for non-iPodders, supports wma and ogg



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Depends on your listening environments, how much you care about quality, etc. Personally, 128 AAC is enough to satisfy me in a lot of listening environments. When comparing directly to the CD audio I can tell a difference but it's not that significant. In other words, while listening to it casually and not comparing it I cannot tell that the 128 AAC is compressed. Now 128 MP3 is another story... I would say you will get acceptable quality at 128, if not transparent to some, and transparent at 192 or 224 AAC.




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