And my understanding is that the default is -q3, which is mapped to the same thing as -q0.
If -q0 isn't recommended, can better quality be achieved when using -b 320 with another -q switch as opposed to using -b 320 without a -q switch?
Just wanted to point out that -h (which means high quality on the documentation) is mapped to -q 2.
I would simply add that most if not all of the tuning of the algorithms was probably performed with -h, so use of any other switch means using relatively untested areas of code. That's enough for me to stick with -h.
I wonder why there isn't any mention of the -h switch (or the -q switches) on the wiki recommended settings. It says for best quality use -b 320 (with no switches).
That's because -h is the default, so there is no need to include it.
Can anyone give a definitive answer on whether using -q0 with -b 320 will provide better quality than using -b 320 without a -q switch, when encoding with the latest version of Lame (3.99.5)? I've read various posts about it and some say it's buggy, some say it's in an experimental stage of development and some say it's brilliant. If -q0 isn't recommended, can better quality be achieved when using -b 320 with another -q switch as opposed to using -b 320 without a -q switch?Thanks.
Will it provide better quality, YES. Ask yourself this... If you pour a 1000 gallons of water into the ocean. does it increase it's level... YES. But would someone on the other side of the world notice the change?
It doesn't hurt for archiving...
Whether the differences are audible is another issue.