Are my ears broken? 2009-12-17 03:49:43 This post is to discuss two issues I'm experiencing (or rather, hearing).All test are listened on Foobar2000. MP3 are encoded with VFR slow mode.1. @ 128Kbps VBR MP3 (lame 3.98.2) sounds better than 110Kbps (NeroAAC, q 0.4) AAC?!?! I thought AAC > MP3???2. Lame's V5 (around 130Kbps) sounds pretty much transparent to me. I'm using a pair of head direct RE0, which is supposed to be an incredibly revealing pair of earphones.I tested it with Kelly Clarkson's Breakaway, Train's Drops of Jupiter, and Tchaikovsky's 1812 overture. I didn't do a blind test, I knew which one is which and I switched back and forth. As much as a want to think my lossless one sounds better, I couldn't. I honestly could not hear a difference. That can't be right. People say that 128 is horrible, especially when I have revealing earphones like my RE0. There are people on head fi saying that they can easily hear the difference between 192Kbps MP3 and FLAC with their RE0.Are my ears broken? I think my hearing isn't that bad. I listen at around 55dB all the time (even on the subway thanks to Shure's excellent tips). I don't think I have much hearing lost.