My DVD player (Samsung HD-860) doesn't play mp3 vbr files. It's about 2 years old and even comes with a HDMI output.
VBR is so much better than CBR for the same average bitrate.
Quote from: Paul Sanders on 05 October, 2008, 02:47:42 PMVBR is so much better than CBR for the same average bitrate.That's what I gathered from reading the material hear, and so I've switched to VBR several years ago. However, someone over at the Pioneer ProDJ community seems to think VBR sucks qualitywise when compared to CBR, see here and here.
@kornchild2002:What do they hope to gain from restricting CBR bitrate range to 128-320 only? This doesn't make any sense to me. With my DVD player, they could reduce some table sizes, but in your case I don't get it.
That is indeed odd. Is there any error message, or, like mine, does it just sulk or do weird things when it doesn't know what else to do?
can play mp3 CAN play vbr BUT with limited functionality ie you cannot see the remaining time and you cannot forward the mp3 but otherwise it can play vbr.
Which is why most djs encode there stuff to cbr and not vbr, and it explains why IMO they "hate" vbr because of those issues.
Think of Pontiac (or their OEM), what's the point in coding support for VBR but limiting it to certain bitrates? I would expect this to be much more difficult to code than simply supporting all bitrates.
... It can play VBR mp3 files but only if it contains bitrates between 128kbps to 320kbps. This means that any file containing silence won't work as Lame will encode those frame at 32kbps no matter what VBR/ABR setting I use (unless I am missing something). So even my solution of -V 5 -b 128 wouldn't work. ...
-F strictly enforce the -b option, for use with players that do not support low bitrate mp3