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Favorite Audio Format/Quality?

Favorite Audio Format   1,409 members have voted

  1. 1. What is your favorite audio format?

    • MP3, 320 kbps CBR
      859
    • MP3, V0 VBR
      113
    • MP3, V2 VBR
      8
    • M4A (iTunes)
      271
    • FLAC
      129
    • WAV
      16
    • ALAC
      6
    • OGG
      2
    • Other (Specify in comments)
      5

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320. Anything beyond that and people are overthinking unless you have bionic ears that pick up the smallest differences with anything higher than 320.

sorry to tell you that with high end gear FLAC sounds significantly better than 320 ( which sounds the same as V0, 320 is just a bigger file size because of space between songs ). Don't need bionic ears, just need HQ gear. 

 

BUT... V0 is my preference

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V0/320, i don't care that much, as long as it's as good as one of those.

Flac is my go to for good Albums / my own cd rips. I use this only on my laptop though, since my smartphone has 32GB.

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I use FLAC for CD back-ups and archives on my external drive.
I use M4A and MP3 320 CBR for my iTunes library.

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320 cbr is my favorite just because it is easier to find and download off the internet at that bitrate compared to others. You can always convert to lower bitrate from that.

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320 cbr is my favorite just because it is easier to find and download off the internet at that bitrate compared to others. You can always convert to lower bitrate from that.

That would actually degrade the quality a lot more than if you converted from, say FLAC to MP3. But whatever floats your boat! :like:

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Could someone please explain to me how V0 might sound better than 320 despite the smaller file size. Is V0 usually a variable bit rate?

Yes, it is. It cuts down the bitrate where 320 kbps are not needed for an audible effect on the quality, thus sounding identical to 320 kbps with a smaller file size

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