Quoting "Jostein Chr. Andersen" :
> On 04/02/2013 09:31 AM, Peder Hedlund wrote:
For archiving you should obviously use lossless but for listening I'd
say it's highly debatable (unless you can prove that you can hear the
difference in an ABX test).
> All respect for HydrogenAudio, but I can't think about other's rules
You really should try doing an ABX and check out if you really can
hear those esses and/or missing tones. Here's how you do it using
foobar2000 and the ABX component :
I think a lot of the bad rep the MP3 format got was due to the many
crappy encoders from its early days. Today, using lame, the average
listener shouldn't be able to tell the difference between the original
and a lame -V5 (~128kbps) file.
Lame does have problems with certain types of samples, and good
problem samples are listed on http://lame.sourceforge.net/quality.php,
but unless you have really good ears and/or happen do have similar
passages in your files -V4 or lower should be transparent.
As said by others lame or the mp3 format seems to add a bit of gain to
the file so you should avoid having the sources really close to 0dB to
minimize the risk of clipping.
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