MP3 VBR Transparency Rate 2009-05-01 12:54:22 Hi, new to the forums as well as to the audio world.I've recently discovered the availability of lossless formats such as FLAC and APE (I know it's a bit late) and have since reripping all of my songs into such formats. I always thought that using lossless formats in my MP3 player is the best way to go, until I took an ABX test recently. I realised that I had real difficulty distinguishing Lossless formats with MP3 format at VBR, even at ~120kbps (encoded with LAME -V7 or -V6). This kind of hit me like a tornado, I mean, I can't even tell the difference of compressed songs at such a low bitrate. Perhaps it is due to my ordinary soundcard and headphones (both are stock materials)...... I don't know.What I'm wondering is that, what is the transparency bitrate for VBR MP3 for most people in here? I am starting to consider removing all of my FLAC files from my Sansa Clip and start compressing them into MP3. Please post honestly, as I've read through a few threads here where people claim to be able to tell the difference between 320kbps and the lossless file, which I think is ridiculous.