I have to agree with you on the --aps -Z. That setting sounds great. I am in the process of ripping and encoding about 400 CD's using that setting. Also everybody should check hydrogenaudio it's a great site. Nice job linking to it clintb.clintb said:In a word, no. R3mix has been bypassed for what must be a couple of years now. Use the --alt presets if you want much better quality. In particular, use "--alt-preset standard" for something much better in quality, but with only slightly larger filesizes. You can also use "--alt-preset standard -Z" for a bit better handling of some hard to encode songs.
I have a 30GB iPod and I just finished encoding my entire collection with -aps (--alt-preset standard).
I don't have *golden* ears, but from everything I've read on Hydrogenaudio, -aps is supposedly much better than --r3mix. I've been following the HA forums since their inception, but I leave the technical details to them and benefit from their knowledge. Translation = More time for me to listen. I'd say to re-encode.billysardar said:D*mn. I'm just about to get an Ipod and I have encoded about 20 albums with -r3mix, about half of which were borrowed from mates. It the -aps that much better? I don't think it's worth doing them all again so I think I'll just use -aps from now on.
Basically, a bunch of guys that have way better hearing than I and most people out there did extensive listening tests. From those tests came code level changes that you cannot do on the command line. "Code level", meaning within LAME before it's compiled. The results were the "--alt preset" profiles.billysardar said:Really? That's interesting. In what way is it better? Encoding quality or features?