It may be common convention to play mono as stereo but it's not what the source is. Default mode of operation in foobar2000 is to play audio with the exact channel mapping it contains. Nothing is upmixed unless the user asks for it.
But to go 'safer', i choose 224k...
256 is overkill i think
At 96kbps, the difference is almost negligible, most people will probably not notice the difference. CVBR scored slightly higher than TVBR.
After a lot of abx, i will convert all my music to aac 224k.
160 is the lower for me, i can abx easly at 128, 192 is good, so for safer i choose 224).
And i will keep the lossless files of course
I try tbvr and cbvr and i can't listen the diferrence....
So, what is better tbvr or cbvr ?
(itunes + qaac)
Sorry for my bad english)
I did believe that the encoding type was written in the metadataJust to avoid any confusion: "Header" is what I meant, not metadata.
(But maybe a header could be considered a kind of metadata; I'm not entirely sure of the correct terminology)
foobar2000 plays mono as mono on center channel.
Thanks Case . I guess that explains it- I don't even have a center speaker connected. I'm just listening with normal headphones btw.
Yeah I had already figured out that using the "mono to stereo" DSP cured the problem, but was unsure why it was necessary. I was trying to figure out why it couldn't just play mono correctly in the first place.
Still wondering if it's wise to assume that someone has a center channel connected, just because they want to play a mono file. I've got a about a million programs on my PC that can play a wav file, and all other 999999 play it without any fuss.
Feature request for the find release window: would it be possible to replace the Artist textbox with an editable combobox that would display the last few artists that have been typed in?
This would help when encoding a full discography.