Amazon encoder 2019-10-21 05:57:46 I recently started using Express Rip. I have been reripping all my CDs at MP3 vbr 32-320 V0. I have some MP3s I bought recently from Amazon that came with the CD. So I ripped them to compare and the bit rates on all the tracks matched up perfectly. I surmised that Express RIP and Amazon must be using the same LAME encoder. I am new to this and was ripping everything with WMA 192cbr which sounds fine but I was always curious. I compared the intro to South of Heaven with both rips because it has alot of varied tones. I had my wife listen because her ears are more sensitive than mine. She didn't know which track was WMA or MP3. On the third listen she said 'that one is clearer' indicating the MP3. It's not a huge difference but it is slightly brighter.