Do 320kbps mp3 files really sound better? Take the test!


Nov 20 2010, 8h17

A while ago, I decided to switch to mp3 music instead of cd’s, so I painstakingly ripped all my cd’s (500+) onto my computer. It’s much easier finding albums on a computer than it is sifting through piles of cd’s only to find out that I put the wrong cd in the case that I was looking for. Plus, I really love “super random” play.

Anyways, I did all my encoding at 128kbps. After I finished (a week later!), I was talking to a friend of mine who had just finished doing the same thing with all of his cd’s, except he did then at 320kbps. He and everyone I spoke with told me that at 128kbps the audio is pretty much garbage and that I needed to do it all over again.

I thought to myself “Damn!” why didn’t I rip them at 320kbps? Now I have to deal with inferior quality music or go through the entire ripping process again!”.

In any case, I have a fun test for everyone: Listen to these 2 clips. One is encoded at 128kbps and the other is encoded at 320kbps (over twice the bit rate). Can you tell the difference?



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