[access-uk] Re: Sound Taxi and bit rates

Hi Andy.

I don't use SoundTaxi but would advise you not to choose a higher bit rate than the bit rate you're converting from. Once a track has been ripped at 192kbps, converting it to a higher bit rate will only make the file size larger, it won't improve the quality at all.

It really depends on how much you value sound quality with conversions from one format to another, it's not really advised. If you consider that WMA uses an algorithm to calculate what it believes can be thrown away to make a smaller file, and, MP3 uses a similar but different algorithm, you end up with a loss in quality because you've thrown away some of the sound that the first rip in WMA believed was necessary.

A track with variable bit rate of 140kbps is not going to sound as good as the same track ripped at 192kbps.

Personally, for listening to music through my hi-fi system, I have my collection ripped in a lossless format so no music quality is lost. Files are large but hard drives are cheap and quieter now so no worries there.

For portable use I rip everything into MP3 format with a variable bit rate between a minimum of 128kbps and 320kbps. Most tracks come out around the 256kbps mark so that sort of tells you what the algorithm thinks it needs for high quality MP3.

Regards.

Kevin Lloyd
E-mail: kevin.lloyd3@xxxxxxx
----- Original Message ----- From: "Andy Collins" <andy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Subject: [access-uk] Sound Taxi and bit rates


Hi all -

I've now got Sound Taxi, and Windows Media Player properly installed hurrah!
but I can't see how to select a bit rate when converting from WMA to MP3
with Sound Taxi. The WMA file is 192kbps, and it converts to 140 variable
bit, joint stereo in Sound Taxi. Firstly, I don't really know what variable
bit rate is comparable in quality to 192, but also, can these settings be
changed in Sound taxi to produce a 192 or higher mp3 file?

Thanks -

Andy

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