ATRAC3 superior or inferior to mp3 ? Reply #25 – 2004-07-13 16:02:00 No, I don't have any MD player to compare software and hardware encoding. Anyway, there are serious chances that the encoder tested by the laboratory is different from consumers encoders. The potential of ATRAC3 is certainly superior to what we heard during Roberto's 128 test: SonicStage is optimized for high-speed transcoding, and is ~4 time faster than lame --preset abr/cbr on my computer, 2.5 time faster than mpc, and even faster than wma. I suppose that a slower encoder could be better (slightly or much better, I can't say).