"Transcoding" WITHIN a format - sort of! 2005-11-12 23:50:53 Random question:If I go through the following, are there any penalties on quality?1) Encode a WAV file to (say) MP3/128k/44.1khz2) Burn the track to audio on CD3) Rip back to WAV4) Encode to MP3/128k/44.1khzThe codec and settings are just picked as typical, the point being that the same encoder and settings are used in 1) and 4) above. Is there a loss at step 4) compared to step 1)?Assumptions are that the burning and ripping is error-free, so I guess it's tantamount to encode/decode/encode again (at the same settings).I have a reason: I have a fair few MP3 files for which I don't have the original WAV any longer (don't ask!). If I burn them to CD I can play them on my home stereo etc. Can I safely delete the original files on hard disk, knowing that I can rip back to the files if I use the same encoder and settings?