Anyway im pretty sure it deppends on the kind of music, i was just listening pop.What is the best music genere to test music? Maybe clasical music?
This is yet another "discussion" initiated solely to promote AAC not so subtly...
This type of posts usually start of sounding clueless but quickly reach definitive "conclusion" that 128kbp AAC (aka iTunes) is just like CD.
Never do they mention LAME, never do they mention VBR V2. No ABX logs, no technical details whatsoever, just pure admiration for AAC and Apple.
This is unscientific CRAP. Please try to ignore this.
I encode all my files to VBR -V0 and i don't know anything about AAC, what would be the equivalent encoding settings for AAC?
Quote from: Bahamut2 on 02 January, 2012, 08:09:42 AMWhat is the best music genere to test music? Maybe clasical music?Densely produced metal and electronica.
What is the best music genere to test music? Maybe clasical music?
Any 96 kbps MP3 almost always sound horrible
I found the most revealing instrument to be harpsichord
Quote from: Stillbruch on 12 January, 2012, 05:00:54 AMAny 96 kbps MP3 almost always sound horribleSources and test results for this claim?
Quote from: Nessuno on 10 January, 2012, 02:26:28 PMI found the most revealing instrument to be harpsichordThat appears to be a rather common observation.
I was listening to the Trevor Pinnock recoding of Bach Partitas (a GREAT and well recorded performance, which I own since its first release on LP) at 256K AAC, on headphones and quite loud, looking for artifacts. On a quiet passage I heard a very feeble, strange ringing sound, quite high in pitch, which surely didn't belong to the original harpsichord notes: here we go! I thought, and went for the lossless version, to possibly arrange an ABX set. But... what a surprise: the "alien" sound was there too! Turned it up a little more and... guess what? There was actually a bird, singing in the far distant background!
LAME v1 is in the 200 to 250 kbs VBR range IIRC and iTunes Plus is in the 256 kbs VBR. (That reminds me that they need to update the bitrate listing in iTunes when looking at a files info. It says 256 on all files no matter how simple or complex the track is.)
The MPEG-2 audio tests showed that AAC meets the requirements referred to as "transparent" for the ITU at 128 kbit/s for stereo, and 320 kbit/s for 5.1 audio.