Discussion in 'General' started by Guest-16, 20 Aug 2007.
Portable audio players, if you missed my point earlier.
MP3 because it's so compatible and I don't want to take out a CD and put in another one if I want to listen to a different album. I don't like compression, but higher bit rates sounds just fine.
There's really no reason for the other formats.
Lossless is nice, but chances are ppl's audio systems aren't all that great anyways. That, or they play the music in cars (ew).
Flac, because my vinyl system is broken!
Purchased CD Ripped to flac for archiving purposes, converted to VBR mp3 for use on the iPod that i use when out and about or converted to apple lossless to use on the iPod which is permanently connected to my iTube valve amplifier.
Flac is great for keeping a backup of your music but as most people have mentioned the discernible difference in quality over mp3 is not that great on most portable players to justify the extra space it takes up imo.
I go with AAC, but I keep all my physical (CD) copies of music.
MP3 for me, I do most of my music listening in my car and my CD/MP3 car sterio only plays MP3's or WMAv8... so it's MP3 all the way for compatability.
I do try and record at 192Kbps or above but find 128 OK for some music.
Compatibility is key. I like OGG, I want to go OGG, I even have a Vorbis player (Rio Karma). However my next player might not be Vorbis compatible, and I can't take the risk. MP3 is here to stay, so I stick with it for compatibility. Lame alt-preset-standard (190-220kpbs).
CD's for music for me. I don't like using MP3's or other compressed formats unless I can't find an alternative or the quality doesn't really matter. MP3's just sound flat, lifeless and boring to me. I never really got into the whole DVD-A and SACD thing but if I have the choice of DTS on a new DVD, I always choose it as it generally sounds better than the Dolby equivalent.
I do listen to some MP3's at work on my headphones, but they are mostly 320kbps ones that I ripped of my own CD's. I can put up with that for a couple of hours but then I start to miss being able to feel the bass and all the other benefits you get from listening to a decent Hi-Fi and I have to switch off.
I now rip my cd's in FLAC and a MP3 copy for my MP3 player
I buy music on CD and rip @192Kbps to mp3 (for its excellent compatibility)
I voted FLAC because it's lossless and the tag information is all included, I'm not really worried about space as I also have the my entire 250GB+ FLAC music collection transcoded into MP3 for my mp3 player in the car. Honestly I don't think I can tell the difference between FLAC and 192kbps MP3 with my current setup but I really don;t want to have to re ripp my entire CD collection one day when I decide I could so FLAC seamed a good choice as a batch transcode to any other fromat that I may decide is the best thing in the futre should be a simple task and just take a few hours of CPU time to do.
FLAC stored on a QNAP and played back via Squeezebox(en) - nice!
I use vinyl for everything that really has depth to it, and a few artists that just deserve the extra sound quality. But MP3 at 128-160 for everything else the CDs just sit around after ripping them. I'm too random with my music to not rip them, cause I would constantly be reaching back and forth for CDs. 128 suits my needs for most bands, there are a few that have some extra depth that i use 160 for, if its just the standard 4 piece band, the MP3 is fine.
well said, wma got my vote to.
Yes it adds 10mins to my linux set up times to get them running but I prefer them over mp3
I <3 DTS, but given the lack of portability and that you have to have a 5.1 setup to actually enjoy it, I voted for MP3.
Gotta be MP3 simply due to compatability, but flac/ogg/ac3 for performance.
mp3 because i'll probably never have the courage to convert thousands of files and not gain quality...
Flac when available, because mp3 just doesn't keep the lower frequencies = bass does quite often suck, although the x-fi crystalizer helps a bit
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