The format was reverse-engineered in 2009 by the FFmpeg project
What do you think would be a sufficient version to mp3? since it is lossy -> lossy, should I just double the bitrate (96 -> 192) or covert them all to a constant bitrate like 320.
You will lose quality, hence the "lossy" in those encoders' names. Perhaps the loss will be less audible due to the different method of perceptual coding used.
I tried to recode my vqfs to mp3, but results were disappointing.That's why I made my suggestion to the OP.
@dv1989: technically, you are absolutly right about the lossy nature of lossyWav preprocessor. However, there is a consencus (I think), that preset --portable is transparent for normal music (not killer samples). So, I'm pretty sure it would be transparent for vqf sourced material.OTOH, transcoding from vqf to 192 mp3 gives owful results, IMHO.
I always wondered tho, I heard about VQF capable of going past 96kpbs (up to 192), yet I have never seen a file or software that could do that... that would be fun to at least play around with for curiousity.
It was included in Nero 6, I believe.