...This time did only 8 tests, but I ended up scoring the same results in both.Hope it will help? ...
Have you tried to increase the lowpass value for high bitrates...?
If you guys are really that worried about the lowpass filter, you could always try --lowpass -1 -Y. That's what I use and I've been very satisfied with it.EDIT: Halb, I forgot to say thank you, once again, for version L! I continue to be impressed with the results, and from a casual listening perspective, I'm convinced your versions of LAME represent the best MP3 encoders available.
I agree with BFG. I've done test on my several FLAC music collections and I'm surprised I could not ABX the tracks using my settings -V0 --cvbr 3 --lowpass 19916. I'm very convinced that this version in this case eliminated most of the audible issues.
Do any of you both have evidence that using vs not using the lowpass setting can be passed with an ABX test? Also, BFG, with which settings do you use that? (I hope you are aware that it is only useful with V0..2, because the rest of VBR, CBR and ABR already have -Y enabled)
To my ears, it produces the finest and most pleasant sounding mp3's in existence.
I suspect that your V2 auto setting (cvbr6) is overkill for 99.9% of all music. I hope to find some time in August to conduct a small abx test with a particular album that I have had successful abx results with in the past.