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What setting do you use with LAME 3.97b2?

  • High bitrate VBR: -V 0 --vbr-new... -V 2 --vbr-new
    149 (59.4%)
  • Mid bitrate VBR: -V 3 --vbr-new... -V 5 --vbr-new
    85 (33.9%)
  • Low bitrate VBR: -V 6 --vbr-new and below
    6 (2.4%)
  • High bitrate ABR (please explain)
    1 (0.4%)
  • Mid bitrate ABR (please explain)
    1 (0.4%)
  • Low bitrate ABR (please explain)
    1 (0.4%)
  • High bitrate CBR (please explain)
    4 (1.6%)
  • Mid bitrate CBR (please explain)
    0 (0%)
  • Low bitrate CBR (please explain)
    0 (0%)
  • Other (please explain)
    4 (1.6%)

Total Members Voted: 312

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  • skelly831
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With LAME 3.97b2 now being the standard for MP3 and people moving on from 3.90.3, 3.96.1 etc., it makes sense to me to make a poll to find out what everyone is doing with 3.97b2.

Please be nice and explain why you have chosen your answer
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  • Synthetic Soul
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Reply #1
I use -V5 --vbr-new.
  • I have personally never noticed any issues at this level, athough that isn't surprising as my ears aren't the best.
  • I listen to a lot of my music in the car, or at work where my enjoyment is occassionally interupted by me having to do some programming, i.e.: listening conditions aren't perfect.  Oh, add two young kids to that list.
  • Testing performed by those with much better ears than I have proved that it is near-transparent, and that makes me feel warm and fuzzy (and a little less inadequate).
I'm on a horse.

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Reply #2
Mid bitrate VBR: -V 3 --vbr-new... -V 5 --vbr-new

Did a fair bit of testing of material I typically listen to, and I'm happy enough with the above.  Usually it's V3 but I'm trying V5 a bit lately. 

The LAME folk have done an impressive job.

  • Matyas
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Reply #3
With the prices of flash memory going under the ground, size is not a matter any more, so -V 2 --vbr-new is just perfect for me.
  • Last Edit: 12 June, 2006, 04:43:24 AM by Matyas

  • Madrigal
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Reply #4
I use -V1 --vbr-new --noreplaygain --scale x.xxxx, because my personal anal retentive factor lies somewhere between -V2 and -V0.

Regards,
Madrigal

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Reply #5
-V2 --vbr-new --noreplaygain  most of the time (occasionally V0 for stuff I "care" about more). There's no reason to not use at least -V2, since the size increase is negligible and I'd rather reduce the risk of artifacts.

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Reply #6
Where does "-V 2 -vbr-new -Y" fit in?
I use that the most...

BTW I consider -V5 my low bitrate.
  • Last Edit: 12 June, 2006, 06:19:43 AM by GeSomeone
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Reply #7
-V5 --vbr-new

  • gaekwad2
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Reply #8
-V3 --vbr-new
though V4 is already transparent to me, and most of the time V5 as well

  • k.eight.a
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Reply #9
I'm using: -V 2 --vbr-new -Y
That is in fact the cross between High bitrate VBR & Mid bitrate VBR.
I want to have the best quality but avoid the sfb21 bloat. Expression in this thread.
Sorry for my poor English, I'm trying to get better... ;)
"The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled, was convincing the world he didn't exist."

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Reply #10
-V3 --vbr-new --noreplaygain for music (as voted)

-V6 --vbr-new --noreplaygain for audiobooks

I know that some people actually use something along V2 (or even losless) for home stereo and so on and V5 for portable use which leads to 2 different libraries. Me, I use itunes and my ipod with the above settings and a losless image for backup purposes only (burnt to DVD). Hence, I feel like V3 is a good compromise for just one library.

Regards, Phil

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Reply #11
i use -V2 --vbr-new for high quality music and -V9 --vbr-new -mm for audiobooks.

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Reply #12
-V2 --vbr-new for me.

I've done several listening tests comparing -V2 --vbr-new to lossless files and to me there's no difference whatsoever.

The fact that foobar2000 comes with this setting as default for mp3 encoding says a lot.
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  • Teqnilogik
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Reply #13
I've recently switched back to LAME MP3 from iTunes AAC and have chosen -V 2 --vbr-new as my setting.  I wanted high quality files without the mass amount of data that lossless files would give me and -V 2 may as well be lossless to my ears.

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Reply #14
Me sig says it all  .
WavPack 4.80.0 -b384hx6cmv / qaac 2.59 -V 100

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Reply #15
-V 4 --vbr-new

My personal "standard preset" for portable player usage (in -V 5 I find artifacts quite often).  Of course that's only when it must be MP3, otherwise I prefer -q 4 OGG.
Not really a Signature.

  • skelly831
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Reply #16
Where does "-V 2 -vbr-new -Y" fit in?

I know this was going to come up, I guess -V 2 --vbr-new -Y could be counted as High bitrate VBR because it gives higher bitrates than -V 3 --vbr-new and the scale I used in the poll options lists -V 3 and below as Mid bitrate.
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  • k.eight.a
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Reply #17
I have voted for other...
Where does "-V 2 -vbr-new -Y" fit in?
I know this was going to come up, I guess -V 2 --vbr-new -Y could be counted as High bitrate VBR because it gives higher bitrates than -V 3 --vbr-new and the scale I used in the poll options lists -V 3 and below as Mid bitrate.
Sorry for my poor English, I'm trying to get better... ;)
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Reply #18
-V3 --vbr-new

I use it because it's the highest setting that incorporates -Y automatically.  I suppose I could use -V2 --vbr-new -Y.  I actually did try that and the bit-rate difference between that and -V3 was insignificant.
  • Last Edit: 12 June, 2006, 10:35:22 AM by InnocenceMyth

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Reply #19
I use -v3 --vbr-new

A great compromise between quality and size, especially with portable players. Most of my music are in the 150-170 range, which is to me the sweet spot for bitrates.
iTunes 10 - Mac OS X 10.6
256kbps AAC VBR
iPhone 4 32GB

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Reply #20
I am old fashioned, cbr 192k jstereo.
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  • haregoo
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Reply #21
-V 5 --vbr-new for classical music
-V 2 --vbr-new for non-classical music

LAME 3.97b2 has problems, so I use 398a3 in some cases that distortions are easily audible.

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Reply #22
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jstereo

omg y u wanna destroy stereo ??ß?ß

I go with -V 6 --vbr-new as I use MP3 for my portable that only supports MP3 and WMA, the latter not being an option for me. When listening to music outside, I don't notice any artefacts that I would possibly spot when ABXing on my PC. At home, I use Vorbis.

  • BobO
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Reply #23
-V1 -- vbrnew

... for just that extra measure of quality assurance. It's purely psychological, I know, but what's a few MB more overall for peace of mind?

  • jaw2ek
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Reply #24
Last I used LAME, was using -V 3 --vbr-new.  Stopped doing mp3 about the last 2 months or so