[...] CBR or VBR? I usually trust more CBR over VBR for MP3s as the results seems more consistent and the gained space with VBR is not really a big plus for me but I'm not sure my experience with MP3s apply with AAC...To give you an idea I always use 320 CBR for my MP3s [...]
I decided to start rip my whole CD collection to the AAC format and I want to get the best results possible while keeping the files "portable". I was going to use the Nero AAC Encoder with EAC but I searched the Web for 2 hours last evening to validate my choice but now I feel I'm more confused than I was before.During my search I read here on the forum that Nero AAC was outdated. Which encoder do you use today? CBR or VBR? I usually trust more CBR over VBR for MP3s as the results seems more consistent and the gained space with VBR is not really a big plus for me but I'm not sure my experience with MP3s apply with AAC...To give you an idea I always use 320 CBR for my MP3s and I'm mostly listening to rock/metal music.Any input welcome!
The wiki does list recommended encoders:http://wiki.hydrogenaud.io/index.php?title=AAC#Encoders_.2F_Decoders_.28Supported_Platforms.29But there are no references and the recommendation may be out of date.
I decided to start rip my whole CD collection to the AAC format and I want to get the best results possible while keeping the files "portable".To give you an idea I always use 320 CBR for my MP3s and I'm mostly listening to rock/metal music.
ThaCrip, usually wait until they ask to provide info they may not need because they may confuse instead of helping.
foobar2000 looks automatically for the \encoders folder, why would you made a C:\TEMP or any other folder outside where foobar2000 is aleady pointing at? Just copy the QTFiles/QTFiles64 inside the foobar2000's configuration's \encoders folder or inside the foobar2000's folder directly if it's in portable mode.
I'm telling you by experience, wait until they ask for the extra step so you can provide detailed info for exactly what they need in that particular case and you eliminate the risk of providing unneeded or misplaced information in advance.
Also you excluded the 64bit option which is faster, not by much but I prefer it
I will use iTunes AAC encoder via qaac (under EAC).
I found that on my most demanding recordings I can barely ABX 128k AAC encodings from the CD original. I have been using 256k VBR just so that I don't even worry about it, and have never been tempted to look back.
You are a little too jumpy to recommend but you're not experienced enough to recommend a bitrate, you can suggest buy not recommend, I see a big difference there.
Don't take it personally, I think the forums needs to see more experience, more abx logs, months of testing and relax and retest etc. I don't recommend anymore either, that's why there are recommendation pages for all the lossy codecs, point the users there instead of confusing them more with "my recommendation here and there".
The 64 bit setting is already set, for all the encoders that have the option, I think I was the one to suggest it probably 2 years ago so no extra step there, same number of clicks to get it to work like the 32 bit. And there is quite a speed difference if you have a more powerful i5/i7 IIRC.
This is what I do, I have few rules:I suggest AAC from ~96 up, Opus same or even ~80 up at this point since I was able to hear some stuff at ~64 but I have to test deeper, MP3 from V4/V3 up with personal tests to see if V4 is enough, the rest is up to again, more personal tests from the user. I don't suggest any other lossy codec but if you want to use Vorbis or MPC or LossyXXX whatever. For lossless I suggest FLAC, default -5. WavPack or ALAC only on few situations.