I'm pretty new to the whole EAC and LAME encoding and ripping. I've recently decided to re-rip all of my music in CBR 320 (not fussed about file size or time taken to rip).
(not fussed about file size or time taken to rip)
If I’m not mistaken, the general advice around here is that such theoretical benefits are not significant enough to recommend that users deviate from the default setting, unless supported by a double-blind test of course. And every time this comes up, I have to say that I seem to recall someone pointing out that -q0 may, at least in the past, possibly provide slightly worse quality. Sadly, I do not have a reference to hand. But again, the default is there for a reason, and there are more pressing things to recommend, such as using VBR to avoid wasting 320 kbps on supposed ‘quality’ that is irrelevant once transparency is attained, which would probably occur at a sizeably lower mean bitrate than 320 kbps.
And, once again, I would advise against recommending a specialised fork of LAME to a user who is still coming to terms with the basics. Unless double-blind testing verifies that (1) VBR with a mean bitrate below 320 kbps is insufficient and subsequently that (2) 320 kbps encoded by vanilla LAME is also lacking somehow, i.e. not already overkill, I do not see much purpose to recommending an alternative version.
In all honesty, I find even -V0 -q0 in vanilla LAME 3.99.5 to be more than sufficient, and (for my poor hearing) it is just as transparent as CBR 320.
Philosophically, I think it's better to lay all the options out on the table for a new user, and then let him/her decide which approach is best for their specific need (while asking plenty of questions of the more experienced). But, it's probably best not to get into that topic here, as it could derail the conversation.
In general, VBR > CBR at the same overall bitrate because VBR allows bits in a given frame to be "donated" to more difficult adjacent frames, while CBR just wastes space in less difficult frames. -V0+ allows up to 450kbps on short frames, if I remember correctly.
Quote from: BFG on 27 May, 2013, 04:29:15 PM... -V0+ allows up to 450kbps on short frames, if I remember correctly.320 is the highest rate allowed in the mp3 standard. While lame has an option to go higher, you are playing with fire because many (most?) players won't handle it.
... -V0+ allows up to 450kbps on short frames, if I remember correctly.