1. There's already a new codec.
I give 1/10 for 126.96.36.199 CBR 128, 2/10 for 188.8.131.52 streaming (> 150 kbps) and something between 6 and 7/10 for 184.108.40.206 CBR 128 [I'm listening on a portable that can't drive correctly my headphone].The terrible metallic effect/ringing/flanging and I don't know what else are gone. There are still slight problems on brass instruments, but in comparison, it's heaven. I hope that these awful frequencies gap (Nero speciality on classical) are past now.Is this new encoder faster?