Originally posted by Dark Shadow thanks for your answer.i remember ivan posted that the presets should provide the best results. however, i like to experiment with new settings.i'm now using -br 160 -vbrhi -ishc -low_ath -safe_ms.which bitrate are you using? (-br?)i think it has quite an influence (base bitrate).i hope other people will post their settings, too.would be quite interesting what other people believe sounds good.ps: does aacenc crash on some files on your system too?i had to restart encoding several times, but it happens only with some, and i don't think it depends on the settings (it's the same with -normal preset). dos window just quits with 'abnormal program' error (don't know what it is in english).