As a quick rehearsal I tried this samplehttp://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index....showtopic=47313using the following encoders & settings:LAME 3.97b2, -V5 --vbr-newWMP10 / FhG, 128 kbps CBR default settings (I used the acmenc command line interface)Helix (hmp3enc.exe 23.7.2005), -X2 -U2 -V60 -HF2 -F17000iTunes 184.108.40.206, 128 kbps, VBR, Quality: Highest, Joint Stereo, Smart enabled, Filter below 10 Hz enablediTunes 220.127.116.11, 128 kbps, CBR, Joint Stereo, Smart enabled, Filter below 10 Hz enabledGogo 3.13, -a -b 133 -m j -q 2
Fraunhofer IIS mpeg Layer-3 Codec (professional)It is very fast.Edit:V. 3.3.2 (Build 44)
ABR is just using brute force, so why not using Lame CBR 320 kbps instead then? ...
I am still wondering if we really need a high anchor since we didn't have one in the multiformat listening test at 128 kbps.
...FhG - WMP's CBR encoder or MMJB's VBR encoder?
So, with l3enc, FhG and iTunes, we have 3 encoders in CBR mode. LAME, Helix and Gogo will most likely use VBR. I am now waiting for a CBR vs. VBR discussion to start and make this thread explode.
As for speed testing - everyone can try it by himself. It is an objective test while listening test is subjective.